Choirs in Corby, Deet Roots Tall Trees
Choirs in Corby

Who We Are


Deep Roots Tall Trees is led by Rosalind Stoddart, Barb Jungr, Neil Paris, Gareth Fuller, Judy Caine and Simon Steptoe with the support of the DRTT Choir Steering Group: Gill Arthey, Fiona Rodgers and Jenny Williams.


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Barb Jungr - Artistic Director

Barb is an award-winning British singer-songwriter whose CDs and performances have received numerous awards and rave reviews in the UK and America. She has written for theatre and a variety of publications, appeared many times on television and is a regular on Radio 4. Invited by Rosalind Stoddart to be Artistic Director of Deep Roots Tall Trees, she has drawn on her long career of empowering and enabling local musicians, singers and writers, and been instrumental in making the Deep Roots Tall Trees repertoire unique in Great Britain.

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Rosalind Stoddart - Creative Producer

After graduating from Camberwell School of Arts and crafts with a BA (Hons) in Painting, Rosalind gained a PGCE:AD. She then spent a few years teaching before working full time as an artist gaining certain recognition including being selected for one of the 1000 residencies across the country awarded by The Arts Council England in the year 2000.

From late 1998 she began to exhibit other artists work in her home. Her organisation, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, formally became a not-for-profit limited company in 2004, and a charity in 2008 with Rosalind as Artistic Director.

She has a broad interest in the arts with a focus on the visual arts. At Fermynwoods she was particularly interested in engaging with the environment (both rural and urban) especially with the Forestry Commission, as well as current agendas in the locality. This was achieved through exhibitions, education programmes, residencies and outreach community projects. Rosalind resigned from her position at Fermynwoods at the end of 2009 and is now working independently. The main project she is presently involved with is Deep Roots Tall Trees which she initiated in 2011. She is currently a Trustee of The Core at the Cube in Corby and an observer on the Groundworks Northants Board.


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Neil Paris - Director of DRTT dancetheatre

Neil is Director of SMITH Dance Theatre.  His  first work for SMITH,  Agnes and Walter: A Little Love Story, toured the UK to critical acclaim. He was commissioned by The Bloomberg Place Prize for Dance to create The  Devil's Mischief, which also featured at  the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Bristol Old Vic Ferment and is currently developing After The Fall: A  Little Morality Play, a new work for SMITH.

Other recent work includes choreography for Wolf’s Child by WildWorks, Motion Scores for the ProArt Company in the Czech Republic and Red Shift for The Voice Project choir in Norwich. 

He was a core member of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre performing in five productions; Giselle, The Bull, James Son Of James, The Flowerbed and The Rite Of Spring in collaboration with English National Opera. Fabulous Beast toured internationally, receiving three Olivier nominations and winning numerous awards. He worked with Dan Canham/Still House in the creation and touring of Ours Was The Fen Country and has recently devised a one-man version of Chaucer's The Knight’s Tale for family audiences.

He teaches and and leads workshops in the UK and Europe including voice and body intensives with Margaret Pikes of Roy Hart Theatre Köln, the Pro Art International Workshop Festival in the Czech Republic and across the education and community sector in the UK. In 2012 he was the recipient of an Olympic Inspire Mark Award for Dance Aloud, a collaboration with Norfolk County Council and deaf students from City of Norwich School. He is currently visiting lecturer at Brunel University, an Artist Mentor for Barbican Creative Learning and Associate Artist with UROCK Creative.


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Gareth Fuller - Choir Director

Gareth is the Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir Director. An established musical and choral director with a national  reputation, he has brought the Deep Roots Tall Trees choir from humble beginning to the very highest level. Gareth has worked in many musical genres with a long list of respected organisations, people, and events that include the BBC’s The Voice, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal and Derngate Community Choir, Will Young, Laura Young and Carleen Anderson. He is a leading figure in the world of gospel singing and a key player in iGospel.


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Judy Caine - Project Coordinator for "Changing Corby"

Judy is Project Coordinator for our latest project, "Changing Corby". Her association with Deep Roots Tall Trees began initially as a choir-member and later as one of the musicians (flautist) at their sell-out concert in August 2014 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently she project managed, "Our Woods", a major DRTT cross-arts festival taking place in and around Corby through 2016 and 2017, culminating in "Dreaming Our Woods", a multi-media performance involving the DRTT choir, DRTT dancetheatre, a live band and light show. 

She has a BA in Creative Arts and has specialised in arts project management for over 20 years. Judy has worked across many disciplines including dance, drama, sculpture, music, lighting, visual art and video.

When not project managing Judy spends most of her time producing documentaries. Her clients have included, the BBC, Channel 4, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Universal and CBC (Canada), to name a few. She has won nine international awards for her work.

She currently chairs SEMLEP’s Creative and Cultural Committee and is very committed to making Art accessible for all.

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Simon Steptoe - General Manager

New General Manager Simon Steptoe joins Deep Roots after working in the music industry for over 30 years, bringing together professional and amateur musicians from across the UK and the world. He met Ros and Kate in 2012 while helping set up Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust’s Inclusion Programme, and heard about their new arts project, a choir called… Deep Roots Tall Trees! Having watched the project develop from afar, he’s delighted to be part of the next phase of its exciting work.


Mark Brennan

Mark has been part of DRTT since the beginning, writing songs of his own, helping arrange others songs and playing and singing in our performances. Barb Jungr has helped him develop his artistic skills as well as confidence and professionalism.

Mark also has run The White Arc Music Studio with a large PA system since 2011. It enables people in and around Corby for the first time, to develop their music skills and have the opportunity to record their own music. The White Arc also runs The White Arc Music Festival which takes place once a year in Coronation Park since 2011. This has become an established showcase stage for local musicians to play along-side established bands and performers.

Since the organisation was formed, Mark has managed to offer support to more and more people as his reputation has grown and demand has increased.



George Reilly

George has been involved in the DRTT project since the very beginning.

As one of the musicians involved with the project he quickly found himself writing original material and contributing to songs and music composed by others. Through the course of the DRTT project his musicianship and songwriting abilities have been considerably developed, and, as a consequence, he has found himself in demand as a writer and accompanist in local bands and duets.

As the DRTT project has progressed, there have been opportunities for George to increase his musical sophistication, and he has risen to the challenge. He now performs his own original material as part of a duet, and this material is being well received, particularly at the White Ark festival, a local festival where songwriters perform their own songs. The DRTT project has enabled George to find a voice, and to find an audience for that voice.


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