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The Worcester Male Voice Choir is very fortunate to have Nicolas as Musical Director; he is a very talented and dedicated leader.
His attention to detail, enthusiasm and good humour has led to increased membership and great improvement in the quality and range of the choir repertoire. With his encouragement the Choir has expanded both its range of concerts which it performs and has established an excellent reputation locally, nationally and abroad. As well as his role as MD Nicolas also plays the organ and piano, often accompanying guest performers at our concerts as well as playing at services in a number of Churches in Worcestershire.
Recently Nicolas has also taken on the task of compere for most of our concerts and has brought a new informative and relaxed style to the role. Keen to ensure that a love of singing continues strongly he has encouraged a formal succession policy within the choir ranks including working with pupils in several local schools and helping promote choir recruitment.
To assist in all these initiatives Nicolas has enlarged the musical team to include Haydn Thomas as Deputy Conductor and recruited Scott Woolfenden as Assistant Accompanist who has now become the choir’s accompanist.
As his name suggests, Haydn is of Welsh stock. His late father David, an ex coal miner from the Afan Valley, tenor and violinist, founded the Solihull Male Voice Choir in which Haydn sang upon leaving school.
Haydn went into the Civil Service during which time his hobbies included drama, singing and rugby. In later life he returned to playing the violin and viola which he plays in local ensembles. He joined the choir in 2002 , then, after retiring from the Civil Service, he took on the role of Deputy Conductor and has enjoyed tremendous support from the choristers and the music team.
In addition to bringing his interest in music to conducting, he has not let his stage experience decline, and has performed as Narrator in a world premiere of’The Ballad of St Kenelm’, a work By Worcestershire composer Andrew Downes.
The Choir was very fortunate to recruit Scott to the Musical Team during 2014 following his move to Worcestershire.
A young family man and talented musician. Scott was in the Royal Marines for 6 years as a Bandsman, was a member of the Salvation Army Band Choir and was accompanist for the Saddleworth Male Voice Choir for 8 years (the name Saddleworth comes from a number of villages situated on the Yorkshire /Lancashire border ).
He teaches piano and brass in primary and secondary schools and has already accompanied WMVC on piano, trumpet and organ. He is available to perform at weddings and other celebrations.
Scott has also got involved in amateur dramatics and is currently Musical Director for a group in Droitwich. A busy young man who has already had the opportunity to play in a number of our concerts including a Massed Choirs concert at Colston Hall, Bristol. As of September 2017 Scott became the choirs accompanist, taking over from Sheila Leatherland.
Sheila has spent a lifetime helping others to enjoy music. A trained school teacher she not only brought her love of music and singing to the education sector but also to a number of church and of course male voice choirs. Sheila’s enthusiasm, skill, talent and experience are so obvious to all.
During 2014 she accompanied a number of male voice choirs at a St George’s Day Concert in Symphony Hall ,Birmingham. Her attention to detail, her serious preparation of the choir, her infectious teaching style means that Sheila is held in great respect by the choristers of the WMVC and up until September 2017 was the choir’s accompanist which she did for 12 years which makes her more than qualified to become the choirs vocal coach.
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