The People of Kidderminster Choral Society

Geoffrey Weaver

Musical Director of KCS

Geoff was appointed Musical Director of KCS in 1987.  In 1997 he established our youth choir, Wyre Forest Young Voices and was their Musical Director for 25 years. He also conducts the St. Michael’s Chamber Choir, based in Wolverhampton.

Geoff was the Director of Outreach for the Royal School of Church Music until 2002, and he continues to work for them and for many other organisations on a freelance basis.

He presently undertakes numerous teaching and conducting engagements at home and abroad including Nigeria, the USA, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Kenya, Poland, Cyprus, the Philippines and Estonia.

Naomi Berry

Musical Director of Wyre Forest Young Voices

Naomi’s decision to pursue a profession in music was due to her experiences, training and support she received as a member of WFYV. Now an alumna, she is a recent graduate of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. During this time, Naomi won the Anna Mansell cup for outstanding achievement, the Leamington music prize, two time winner of the Corton Hyde Early Music prize as well as being a finalist for the Town Hall Symphony Hall prize with her consort, The Brindley Consort.

Naomi has enjoyed being a member of Genesis Sixteen and working with ExCathedra. She has worked with conductors including Harry Christophers CBE, Jeffrey Skidmore OBE and has undertaken masterclasses with Michael Chance, Andrew King and Roderick Williams. Solo performances include the London premiere of Oliver Tarney’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Coronation Mass in Cadogan Hall, Will Todd’s Jazz Mass World Premiere, and ExCathedra’s St Lucia service. Opera roles have included Susannah in the Marriage of Figaro, Galatea in Acis and Galatea and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas.

Mike Elden

Rehearsal Accompanist

Mike Elden was brought up in Yorkshire. He became a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Northern College of Music before going on to study at the Royal College of Music in London, followed by post-graduate study at Bretton Hall, the University of Leeds.

Mike joined Kidderminster Choral Society as a bass in 1975, becoming its accompanist in 1981 and accompanying the Wyre Forest Young Voices form its in inception in 1997 for 18 years.

After many years teaching music in secondary education, Mike became a freelance accompanist, playing for singers, instrumentalists, choirs, church services, musical theatre and dance school examinations across the Midlands and the South West.

Charlotte Jay-Jones

Accompanist to Wyre Forest Young Voices

Charlotte primarily teaches piano, organ and electronic keyboard through her own extensive practice in South Birmingham.  Along with her teaching role at St. Jon’s Middle School in Bromsgrove, she is also choral and instrumental accompanist at RGS Dodderhill in Droitwich, supporting young people’s musical development and building their confidence as performers.  She has performed in various venues throughout the UK and Europe as both a soloist and accompanist.  Her achievements include winning Bromsgrove Music School Festival as the youngest in her category, placing third in the National Electronic Organ Championships and performing at the ICC, Birmingham and recently Orléans Cathedral. When not playing the piano, Charlotte is kept very busy with her two young children.

Caroline Lee

Chair of Kidderminster Choral Society and Wyre Forest Young Voices

Caroline Lee has been recently appointed as Chair of Kidderminster Choral Society.  Her family has a long tradition with the Society. Her father John Gaston is the current President and both her children have sung with WFYV and are now Alumni members.  Caroline originally trained in law and then moved to teaching and is now a primary teacher in Worcester.  She has been a long-standing member of the Society and is passionate about singing and music.

Carol Hill

Musical Director of Primary Chords


Carol, who comes from Lincolnshire, took her degree in Modern Language Studies at Leicester University and a PGCEC in Primary and Middle School Music at Bulmershe College, Reading.

Since then she has taught at Windmill Middle School, Stourport, The Knoll School, Kidderminster, and now teaches Primary Music and French at Heathfield Knoll School, Wolverley. She also conducts the local ecumenical choir ‘New Life Together’ and sings with Kidderminster Choral Society.

Rachel Dickenson

Accompanist for Primary Chords


Rachel’s musical journey started with learning the recorder at the age of 6. This led to clarinet, then saxophone, alongside a love of keyboard, piano and organ. 

As well as teaching instrumental music in many local schools, Rachel has run Charisma Music Academy in Kidderminster, for over 20 years. Technology has now enabled her to share her passion for music with students across the country as well as those in the local area. 


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