Chaiman- Ken Williamson. Treasurer- Leon Warburton Concert Manager- Fred Cole Administrator- Ian Hissey
On average the choir gives twelve concerts annually. Most of these are in the North Staffordshire/South Cheshire area. Two hour rehearsals are held in Audley Methodist Church Hall on Thursdays commencing at 7.30 PM.
Sue Hallam is the choir's present Musical Director taking over from Philip Broadhurst in April 2015.
Sue has spent all her life in North Staffordshire – being educated at Thistley Hough Grammar School for Girls and studying to be a teacher at Alsager College of Education. Her parents were very keen amateur musicians – Mum played the piano and Dad sang – and Sue was inspired by some wonderful local teachers.
She has spent thirty three years in music education – working in high schools and primary schools across the County. Sue retired from her post as Head of the Stoke-on-Trent Music Service in 2010. Her passion is for singing; and is very proud of the choral programme which she and her colleagues developed in the City for young people aged 4 to 18 years. Sue sang in the Bedford Singers with her Dad in the late 1970s; and now enjoys being a member of the Barbara Walton Singers. Sue’s talented son and daughter followed successful musical careers: The late Mandy was a violinist teacher of upper strings and talented accompanist. Greg combines a career of choral conducting, singing and teaching – and Sue enjoys many trips around the country to hear him perform.
Greg Hallam was the Artistic Director of the rejuvenated Penkhull Festival of Music and Art for last seven years and, with Sue's support,brought many acclaimed international musicians to perform in our locality.
Sue is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors and enjoys participating in their events and annual national conferences. She is delighted to be the new Musical Director of the Audley Male Voice Choir - hoping to maintain its excellent reputation in the locality and to inspire a very loyal and dedicated team of singers.
Photograh by kind permission of Helen Beynon
Samuel Winter is the choirs Deputy Conductor and also joined the choir in 2015. He was born on the tip of North Kent and spent his formative years in and around the London Borough of Bromley. His music education began at a young age and was fostered by the prestigious Bromley Youth Music Trust( BYMT), where he studied clarinet and choral singing. Samuels involvement with BYMT took him on several tours of England and Europe including the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Holland as a bass clarinet player and to Westminster Abbey as a chorister. Samuel moved to North Staffordshire in 2009 to read musicology at Keele University at undergraduate and Master's levels. During his time at university he was involved with many extra-curricular music activities, some of which involved tours of Europe. He currently teaches Mathematics at Newcastle -Under-Lyme College.
Ingrid Surgenor MBE the celebrated accompanist from Cardiff in Wales had her own personal following at our series of Celebrity Concerts when she came with and accompained the many international
artistes annually appearing on stage at the Victoria Hall Hanley, Stoke-On-Trent for over 25yrs. She remains Patron of the choir a role she accepted in 2001. She still retains a special place
in the hearts of many choir members.
NEW ACCOMPANIST DAVID WINDSOR
David is Head of Music at Biddulph High School which has a strong tradition of solo and choral singing. He has acted as accompanist for the Keele Bach Choir, The North Staffs Operatic Society and the Keele Chapel Singers, as well as accompanying students for vocal and instrumental examinations. He is the Musical Director of the Cheadle Choral Society. In his free time he enjoys reading and hillwalking, particularly in the Scottish Highlands.
At Audley Methodist Hall
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Allan G Wright
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