The People of Kidderminster Choral Society

Geoffrey Weaver

Musical Director

Geoff was appointed in 1987, and is also the Musical Director of our Youth Choir, the Wyre Forest Young Voices.
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.

Mike Elden

Rehearsal Accompanist

Mike, a native of Yorkshire, was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Northern College of Music, going on to study at the Royal College of Music in London and then, after graduating, to teacher training at Bretton Hall.

Having taught for many years, he is now a freelance accompanist for choirs, instrumentalists, singers, theatre and dance, as well as organist for church services in Worcester and the West Midlands. In 2015 Mike retired from the post of the rehearsal pianist and accompanist for the Wyre Forest Young Voices, his place being taken by Charlotte Jones (see below).

Bradley Thornborough-Barlow

Vocal Coach

Bradley is active as a singer, choral conductor and vocal tutor across the Midlands. Having graduated from Bangor University, specialising in performance under the tuition of Rhys Meirion (Y Tri Tenor), he is now furthering his vocal studies with Paul Bambrough (Vice Principle of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire). Alongside his solo performances – which include performances of Bach: St Matthew Passion, Pergolesi: Magnificat, Tippet: Five Negro Spirituals and Faure: Requiem – Bradley has performed with a variety of ensembles including: Serafine Chamber Choir, Endelienta Scholars, Birmingham Oratory Choir, Birmingham Cathedral Choir and The Legend of Zelda Chorus.

As a Director, he has led ensembles of varying nature from Community Choirs (including the multi-award winning Côr Alaw’r
Fenai) to Church Choirs – he currently is the choral director at St Mary of the Virgin, Enville. His vocal teaching experience has spanned North Wales, where he headed the vocal strategy for the choristers at Bangor Cathedral, Cumbria and The Midlands – he currently holds down a position as a singing teacher at The Bromsgrove School and with The Musical Box, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Charlotte Jay-Jones

Accompanist

Charlotte primarily teaches piano, organ and keyboard in Birmingham. 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. Her current roles include choral accompaniment and piano teacher at Local schools.

Archdeacon Rob Jones

Archdeacon of Worcester: Chairman Kidderminster Choral Society

Our Chairman, Canon Rob Jones, has been a member of the Society since 1980, when he came to work in Kidderminster as curate at St. John’s and Holy Innocents. He says that the late, redoubtable Peg Jordan was one of the people instrumental in getting him to join – in fact the way she put it he doesn’t think he had much choice, and he’s always been grateful to her for that.

Moves for work have kept Rob within reach of KCS; he moved firstly to Dudley and then to Worcester, where he has very recently been installed as Archdeacon of Worcester. He started off in the back row of the basses, and has stayed there, where there is a good tradition of chairmen skulking!

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.

Nicci Lane

Accompanist to Primary Chords

 

After studying Music and Mathematics at Keele University, Nicci spent two years with an itinerant Christian music group, working in secondary schools across the UK and parts of Europe.

Settling back in the Wyre Forest, she worked in a local church as a worship leader and youth pastor before becoming a full-time mum.

She now teaches piano at the Holy Trinity School as well as co-running ‘Tots Rock’ a music group for toddlers.

Fancy joining one of our three magnificent Choirs?