Beryl Pankhurst was born and educated in Liverpool and, after a brief career in banking, she took up a place at the Royal Manchester College of Music where she studied piano, organ and accompaniment. Having obtained the GRSM Diploma with Recital Endorsement, ARMCM with Distinction, and the Pinson Prize for Bach playing, she moved to Harrogate to a teaching post and has lived here ever since.
Although Beryl has performed as a soloist on many occasions, her main passion is in accompanying. She has been the official accompanist for the Harrogate Choral Society for more than thirty years, during which time she has taken part in many of their performances, including Carmina Burana, Rio Grande, Petite Messe Solennelle, Messiah, African Sanctus and The Armed Man. She is also currently the accompanist for Knaresborough Choral Society, and plays for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Her extensive career includes playing for many distinguished soloists and she works regularly with members of Opera North. She is in much demand for festival and examination accompanying and for leider recitals etc.,and enjoys being repetiteur for an annual Choral Summer Course. Her musical taste is very varied, being equally at home playing light music and piano duet recitals.
Christopher Pulleyn began accompanying for the Junior Choirs of the Huddersfield Choral Society at the age of 15. He studied English and French Literature at York University, before moving to Japan for two years, where he studied piano with acclaimed Japanese accompanist and chamber musician Hiroko Ono. He accompanied and performed with a variety of ensembles and performers around Tokyo and Northern Japan, and gave a solo piano recital which was broadcast on Japanese television.
In 2009, Christopher returned back to his home town of Huddersfield where he once again quickly became sought after as an accompanist for soloists and vocal ensembles, performing for concerts, competitions and recitals around the North of England. He is currently Assistant Musical Director for Bradford Festival Choral Society, Staff Accompanist for Greenhead 6th Form College, as well as accompanist for the Colne Valley Boys Choir, and Holme Valley Singers.
More recently he has been been building a reputation not only as a pianist but a singer as well, and last year won the Tenor Solo Prize and Vocal Recital Prize at the Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Competition. He has performed recitals in Wakefield and Liverpool, and has recently sung as a soloist for performances of Handel's Messiah, and Bach's St John's Passion.