Janet Longbottom taught for 39 years in Newcastle schools, the last 8 of which as an Advanced Skills Teacher for Creativity and Culture.
Janet decided to put singing repertoire onto cassette tapes - in its infancy in the 1984 educational world - entitled ’Sing-along-a-Longbottom’, with accompanying books, in aid of Ravenswood School Funds. In 1985 she investigated an ‘Intercultural Approach to Music in Primary Schools’ through a Northumbria University-funded sabbatical. After joining a work camp in Sierra Leone, West Africa, over her summer break, she collected songs from local villages, culminating in two more tapes on ‘Songs, Chants and Games’.
She has an A.L.C.M. in voice, has conducted and arranged for, The Peoples’ Choir and Tyneside Anti-Apartheid Choir in the 1980s, and now sings with The Sage Chamber Choir. Janet plays trombone in three bands: Basement Brass, The 10th Avenue Band and Jammshed.
She is no relation of Neville.