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 has been the Artistic Director of the rejuvenated Penkhull Festival of Music and Art for the last seven years and, with Sue's support, has 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 Associate 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.
Ian Riddle, a noted organist, pianist and teacher of music is the choir's gifted accompanist. His association with the choir began in 1989.The choir is most grateful for his contribution to its musical life.Ian has a busy teaching practice in Newcastle-Under-Lyme and is also the accompanist for the Ceramic City Choir and Leek Choral Society. Ian often performs solo items on the organ or piano at Choir Concerts.
Welcome to our meet the soloist
Featured Soloist Douglas Parker. MBE
Doug is our third featured soloist we introduce to our growing fellowship of members and supporters. Relatively new to the choir he is proving to be a great asset. Born in the Potteries and moving to Congleton in 1968 he started singing as a boy treble, having lessons when his Mother could afford them and singing in the church choir. After his voice broke he became a tenor and was persuaded by his Grandfather to join Longport Working Mens Club Choir. Since those days he has played many parts in Scout Gang Shows, such as Screamline and Burdi Boys at Hanley and Burslem and as Chorus Master and Assistant Producer of Our Gang Show in Congleton for many years.
Douglas Performed in two Operatic Societies in Congleton for over 30 years taking on principal parts such as:- Alfred ( Die Fielermouse member), Mr Bumble ( Oliver), Alfred P Doolittle(My Fair Lady), Joe( Showboat). Lazar Wolfe( Fidler on the Roof), Judd Fry( Oklahoma) and the Caliph( Kismet). Other activities include:- Enthusiastic member of the scout movement for over 50 years, Active member of Congleton Rotary Club, President of Vale Juniors FC and President of 230 Squad Air Training Corp.
Douglas is the official Congleton Town Crier, Mace Bearer and Keeper of the Town Treasures. Not surprisingly he was awarded the M B E for his services to the community of Congleton. Doug retired from Operatics and the Council for a much quieter life and to this end he accepted an offer to join the Audley Choir and sing in the Baritone section. Douglas's final quote is "Choir Life is Good"
At Audley Methodist Hall
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Allan G Wright
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