Biography of Bea van der KaaijBorn in the Netherlands, in 1966, Bea van der Kaaij was interested in choral music from an early age. At the age of 6 she joined the local church choir and from then on she was hooked on music.
This great love for music broadened out during her years at secondary school where she joined the school choir and sang music from a wide range of styles. At Utrecht University she initially read Dutch literature and language, but her attraction to music remained, so after one year she transferred to Musicology. In 1992 she graduated.
Immediately after finishing her studies she was asked to lead a local church choir in Veenendaal. After moving to the west of the country, Bea conducted several choirs in the The Hague area. In the meantime she undertook extra training for choral conducting, which led to a further qualification. From 2000 onwards, conducting choirs has been Bea's main occupation.
Apart from conducting, Bea also became involved in organising tours for choirs and organists.
In 2006, a deep love for Anglican Church music led her to apply for the vacancy of Choirmaster at All Saints Church in Leamington Spa and she was delighted that she had the opportunity to step into the amazing choral tradition in this beautiful church. Moving to England was a big step, but Bea and her family very much enjoy living in England. In November 2007, Bea took over as Musical Director of the Village Voices Choir, also based in Leamington Spa.
After her move to Lincolnshire in 2008, Bea became Musical Director of various choirs in the region: Skellingthorpe Village Choir, Lincoln Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Cabra Singers, The Cliffside Singers and became Community Tutor Music at Robert Pattison School in North Hykenham, where she started an evening class 'The Joy of Singing' for people, who have little experience in singing, but would like to give it a go. In January 2011 Bea has been of Director of Music at All Sainsts Parish Church in Nettleham from 2011-2013 and currently she is Director of Music at St Michael and All Angels in Brimington. She is also guest conductor of Lincoln Choral Society for Summer concerts
Now, being settled in Lincolnshire, Bea sees the opportunity to realise an idea that she conceived a long time ago: organising and leading choral workshops for companies and organizations to reduce stress, to be active as a group in a different, fun way, to discover unknown skills, control breathing, achieve something together in an unfamiliar area. She is very much looking forward to introducing these 'singing breaks' for personnel as a healthy alternative to going to the gym and having training days in a more traditional way.
Apart from organising workshops and conducting her choirs, Bea also remains active in organising tours for choirs and organists.