The Society

Ampthill & District Choral Society

(founded 1947)

Hon President
Angela Doughty*

Karen Beer

Karen gained a degree at the Royal College of Music, London and her PGCE teaching certificate at Roehampton University. After becoming Head of Music in a Middle School in Stanmore, she moved to Bedfordshire with her family. Karen has taught in Bedfordshire since 1998, originally for the Music Service but now as an independent teacher working in the east of the county at Samuel Whitbread Upper, Alban Academy, Edward Peake Middle and Sutton Lower Schools. Karen teaches piano, singing, oboe, theory of music, recorder and conducts East Bedfordshire Youth Choir, Samuel Whitbread Chamber Choir, Alban Academy choir, Sutton Lower school choir, Ampthill Choral Society and Biggleswade Choral Society. In her spare time, she occasionally plays oboe in local orchestras when needed and sings with East Bedfordshire Chamber Choir and Locrian Chamber Choir.

Penny Stimson

Helen Armitage

Kathy Lewis

Committee members
Di Gonse, Viviana Horwood, Simon Lewis, June Lockley

* Angela conducted the Society for twenty years, stepping down at the end of 2016. She trained as an accompanist at the Huddersfield School of Music and at the Guildhall, London and has worked extensively with singers, undertook recital work and taught at Clarendon School, Icknield High School, St George’s, Harpenden and taught piano in a number of schools. Originally from Sheffield and after over thirty years contributing to Bedfordshire’s musical life, Angela has returned to her native Yorkshire. We are delighted that Angela has agreed to be our Honorary President.

Data Privacy Policy

This policy explains when and why we collect personal information about our members, how we use it, how we keep it secure and your rights in relation to it.

We may collect, use and store your personal data, as described in this Policy and as described when we collect data from you.

We will always comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when dealing with your personal data. Further details on the GDPR can be found at the website for the Information Commissioner ( For the purposes of the GDPR, we will be the “controller” of all personal data we hold about you.

Personal Data retained by the Society comprises the following:

(A) Member’s name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address

  • For managing the Member’s membership of the Society (including logistical arrangements, pastoral support, membership finances and administration).

  • For the purposes of our legitimate interests in operating the Society.

(B) Photos and videos of members

  • For promoting the Society’s activities on its web site, on social media, and in press releases that may be issued.

We will seek new members’ consent for these details to be retained and processed by way of the Member Details form. Existing members are provided notification of changes to Data Privacy policies, and have the opportunity to withdraw their consent at any time by contacting us by e-mail or letter.

We will not transfer your personal data outside the UK without your consent.

We have implemented generally accepted standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personal data from loss, misuse, or unauthorised alteration or destruction. Please note however that where you are transmitting information to us over the internet this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Members’ bank details will not be known to, or stored by, the Society.

We will notify you promptly in the event of any breach of your personal data which might expose you to serious risk.

We will never sell your personal data. We will not share your personal data with any third parties without your prior consent (which you are free to withhold) except where required to do so by law.

We will hold your personal data on our systems for as long as you are a member of the Society and for as long afterwards as is necessary to comply with our legal obligations. We will review your personal data every year to establish whether we are still entitled to process it. If we decide that we are not entitled to do so, we will stop processing your personal data except that we will retain your personal data in an archived form in order to be able to comply with future legal obligations e.g. compliance with tax requirements and exemptions, and the establishment exercise or defence of legal claims. Should we receive any financial information, we will securely destroy it once we have used it and no longer need it.

Under the GDPR, you have rights to access your personal data, to be provided with information about how your personal data is processed, to have your personal data corrected, to have your personal data erased in certain circumstances, to object to or restrict how your personal data is processed, and to have your personal data transferred to yourself or to another business in certain circumstances.

You have the right to take any complaints about how we process your personal data to the Information Commissioner: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF,, 0303 123 1113.

For more details, please address any questions, comments and requests regarding our data processing practices to the Society’s Secretary.

Responsibility Statement

The information contained in this Guidance represents ADCS’ interpretation of the law as at the date of this edition. The Society takes all reasonable care to ensure that the information contained in this Guidance is accurate and that any opinions, interpretations and guidance expressed have been carefully considered in the context in which they are expressed. However, before taking any action based on the contents of this Guidance, readers are advised to confirm the up to date position and to take appropriate professional advice specific to their individual circumstances.

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