Artistic Leadership



Brigid Coult


Brigid Coult trained and worked in England until coming to Canada in 1982. She has been directing Richmond Chorus since 1994, and in her hands the Chorus has grown both in numbers and musicianship. Currently she is Director of Music at St. Mary’s Kerrisdale Anglican Church, and she has also served on diocesan and national church committees. She still sings at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, when she has time, sometimes leading the music at Compline services, and she has been a member of Canada’s awardwinning women’s choir, ELEKTRA.

Ms. Coult was President of the British Columbia Choral Federation (BCCF) for 13 years, and is still heavily involved with the organization, currently as its Project Manager; she has served on the Board of Choral Canada as BC representative and as President. She was involved in the planning and execution of the World Symposium on Choral Music (III) held here in Vancouver in 1993, the World of Children’s Choirs – 2001, and the joint CC /BCCF ChorPodium conference, held in Victoria in 2006. She teaches voice and piano locally, and has served as an adjudicator and choral clinician for festivals throughout BC.


James Malmberg


A graduate of the UBC School of Music, James Malmberg enjoys a career of teaching, performing and conducting. He is the Artistic Director of the Valhalla Suzuki Institute in New Denver BC and has adjudicated at festivals in Langley, Powell River, Sechelt, and the Kootenays. He has performed with the National Youth Orchestra, Lions Gate Sinfonia, the Orca String Quartet, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Island Symphony and the Kamloops and Okanagan Symphonies. Since graduating from UBC he has continued his studies in Suzuki Pedagogy in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Edmonton and has spent his summers teaching at the Yukon Summer Music Festival, the UBC Summer Music Institute, and the Edmonton Suzuki Institute. He was appointed conductor of the Richmond Orchestra in 2007 after being concertmaster for several years.


Larisa Lebeda


Larisa Lebeda, Master of Music, accomplished her studies in Gnessin College of Music, Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow (Russia) and Karol Lipinski Academy of Music Wroclaw (Poland). During her career, she has performed as a soloist (violin and viola) with orchestras in Poland, Tunisia, Germany, Colombia and Canada. Larisa’s teaching carreer includes such universities as Wroclaw Academy of Music, Conservatoire National de Tunisia and Institute Superior de Music en Tunis, University of Ibague and Javeriana University in Bogota – Colombia. Many of her students are members of professional orchestras and/or have been accepted to prominent conservatories in the world. Since her arrival in Canada in September 1999, Larisa has played with various orchestras such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island (Assistant), and Kamloops (Concertmaster), and has also taught in Douglas College and Vancouver Academy of Music.


Toby Aldren


Toby Aldren is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, the University of Toronto, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has been the accompanist of Richmond Chorus since 2002, and for nearly as long, he has been the pianist for the North Shore Unitarian Church in West Vancouver. Since 2012 he has accompanied the Saturna Singers on their beautiful and remote Gulf Island. He teaches piano and theory to students of all ages at his home in the West End and at the Alla Breve School of Music in Kerrisdale.

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