Musicians

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Musical Director – Nick Thomas

Nick studied music and education at the College of St Mark and St John’s (Marjons), Plymouth and spent much of his working life in schools as head of music. First in Cranleigh, Surrey and latterly at Kingsmead School, Wiveliscombe.

He is a talented multi instrumentalist playing mainly piano, flute and accordion which he uses to enhance several arrangements with the choir.

He has previously served as musical director of The West Somerset Singers and at St Georges Church, Wilton, Taunton.

Over the years he has directed many stage musicals whilst working and has performed with a large number of local operatic societies. He has performed with Orchestra West and more recently was musical director for the recently formed Muses theatre group for their debut performance of the Little Shop of Horrors.

He teaches woodwind, piano, brass and singing in and around Taunton and also finds time to play flute and accordion in a local folk group Tranters Folly.

 

 

Assistant Musical Director – Valerie Hill

 Val moved to Taunton in 1964 on her appointment as a music teacher at Weirfield School.  She joined the male voice choir shortly after. She served as accompanist for 10 years with Doug Shepherd as conductor.  On leaving she was proud to be made an honorary life member.

As head of music at Weirfield she directed several major stage productions including Oklahoma, the King and I, Fiddler on the Roof and the Sound of Music.

After a period accompanying the choir’s offshoot Reg Griffiths Singers she rejoined the main choir as assistant musical director.  She now uses her prodigious hearing to seek out errant voices during rehearsal, stands in for our musical director and conducts some pieces at concerts.

The choir greatly values her experience, technical abilities and contribution to our cause.

 

Accompanist – Hazel Reed

Hazel’s family background in the Salvation Army encouraged the study of choral singing and brass and opportunities as a piano accompanist.  She is an Associate of the Royal College of Music in pianoforte.

She married Steve our Publicity Officer and second bass and moved to Somerset in 1986. Her widening musical interest now included hand-bell ringing, singing with the South Somerset Choral Society and being accompanist for the Jubilate ladies chamber choir.

Her professional life was largely as a social worker for the visually impaired and later with adults with learning difficulties.

She joined the male voice choir as accompanist in 2004 and is a very popular member of our music team giving unstintingly of her time and talents to help choristers produce the best performance possible.

 

 

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