Anu is the choir director and manager of the award-winning The Reapers Choir, a gospel choir that was a finalist in BBC1’s Gospel Choir of the Year 2014 and has performed in venues including 10 Downing Street for the Prime Minister, Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and the London African Music Festival 2015 and several local venues too numerous to mention. The vocal ability of this unique singing collective has been recognised nationally and internationally, with the gospel outfit winning "Choir of the Year” and “Choir Director of the Year” (Anu Omideyi), in the Zeta Gospel Music Awards, Tennessee, USA, in October 2015. The choir was also nominated for “Choir of the Year in 2016 and 2017” (Premier Gospel Music Awards), “Best Song For a Cause” (JUMP Music Video Awards 2016), “Best Music Video by a UK Choir/Group” (JUMP Music Video Awards) in 2014 amongst others.
The Reapers Choir is a bona fide church choir consisting only of church members who joined it with varying levels of singing ability. Anu taught them how to sing and / or trained and developed their voices. The journey of the current crop of singers into the world outside church only began recently in September 2012. The rest is history! Please see www.thereaperschoir.co.uk for more details.
Anu also routinely or periodically tutors other choirs, singing groups and individual singers comprising every age, background and level of musical experience ranging from inexperienced adults in the Hackney Community Gospel Choir to undergraduate music students at the Nexus Institute of Creative Arts to secondary school students at Maria Fidelis Convent School to primary school students at school holiday workshops run by the Tandridge Trust Leisure Centre. Further, she does so much more in between including individual appointments.
Anu is a non-practising criminal barrister who began her legal career in 2001 and paused it in 2015 when the creative areas of her life began to flourish as mentioned above. She ran a successful criminal practice spanning all areas of criminal law ranging from murder and serious violent and sexual offences to complex conspiracies to defraud from Furnival Chambers, a leading London set with nearly 100 members and 14 Queens Counsel. During this time she also sat on Furnival Chambers’ Board of Directors for 6 years - the youngest female and black person to have done so.
Anu now runs her own business, through www.anuomideyi.com, in which she provides musical services such as songwriting, producing and choir directing alongside services comprising chairing, hosting, public/motivational speaking and broadcasting. She has made hosting and public speaking appearances at venues ranging from The Royal Festival Hall and J.P. Morgan to private dining events across the UK. She does some broadcasting and fronted a weekly political Christian news show which was syndicated on a number of media platforms via Sky TV, radio and online and she makes appearances on TV / radio to discuss wide-ranging topics from crime and legal issues to music and entertainment.
She is currently a trustee of Common Purpose Student Experiences, is on the board of Directors of the Gospel Music Industry Alliance UK and was trustee of Common Purpose UK between 2003-2009.