Castleford

Male

Voice

Choir

ANDRIS UGULIS

Musical director

 

We are fortunate to have the services of a hugely-talented Musical Director in Andris who joined Castleford Male Voice Choir in October 2015.

 

He achieved his Bachelor degree at the F. Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, formerly known as the Music Conservatory in Riga, Latvia (1989-1993) specialising in choir and symphony orchestra conducting. After gaining his degree he worked as a musical director, choir and symphony orchestra conductor, taking part in many international choir festivals and tours in Italy, Germany, Norway, Finland, Australia, Canada and the USA, both as a conductor and professional choir member.

 

His musical career continued when he moved to the UK in 2009 and he is currently Musical Director for The Fairburn Singers, The Chevin Singers, Castleford Choral Society, Barnburgh Male Voice Choir and Chesterfield Male Voice Choir, as well as the organist at St Edward the Confessor Church in Barnsley. He is also a private vocal coach and piano teacher.

 

When not involved with music, Andris enjoys travelling, playing chess and watching ice hockey.

CLAIRE BURDEN

ACCOMPANIST

 

Claire Burden was appointed as the choir’s accompanist in2002.

 

Claire started her music career as a pub organist at the tender age of 15.

 

She went on to study music at Huddersfield University where she was awarded the Hurst Prize for organ performance as an undergraduate. Under the tuition of Geoffrey Hamilton (piano) and Keith Jarvis (organ) she obtained her Bachelor of Music and a Postgraduate Certificate in Performance. After graduating, Claire won both the senior and advanced organ solo prizes at the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts.

 

In addition to the Castleford Male Voice Choir, Claire is also the accompanist for Castleford Choral Society and Melodia Ladies’ Choir and is the resident organist at both Ferrybridge and Brotherton Parish Churches.

 

She has previously been the organist at Castleford parish Church and the accompanist at Goole Choral Society, Rawcliffe Harmonics, Fairburn Singers and Musical Director for the Brotherton and Byram Entertainers. Claire has worked as visiting tutor at Wakefield College and Silcoates School.

 

Claire has her own private practice of over 25years teaching piano, keyboard, organ and music theory, with preparatory grades up to Grade 8 , with students from as young as five years old up to 90. She is a versatile accompanist for solo singers and instrumentalist.

 

Claire’s passion is for music of any style and for helping others to share in its enjoyment. For her, there is no place for musical snobbery. She firmly believes that all kinds of music have their place and can be rewarding, particularly when performed sensitively and integrity from the heart.

When she is not involved in music she enjoys reading, theatre, walking and she has a love of wild flora and fauna.

 

ALAN CARSON

 

BRIAN CHAPMAN

 

EDDIE SYKES

 

GEORGE HEPWORTH

 

IAN MOSS

 

BRIAN DUNDERDALE

 

CONRAD HYDE-DRYDEN

 

JOE PARTON

 

MAURICE LIDDLE

 

BILL BUNTON

 

BRIAN HUNTER

 

JOHN O'KANE

 

JOHN WILSON

 

STAN HAYWOOD

 

STEPHEN TURNER

 

KEITH FIELD

 

MIKE MITCHELL

 

BOBBY GREATOREX

 

DAVID COOK

 

GEOFF EAMES

 

IAN JESSOP

 

LEWIS WOOD

 

COLIN TUSON

 

GREG BEAUMONT

 

KEVIN HUMPHRIES

 

TERRY LOWDON

 

TONY WELLS

 

STEVE HAYWOOD

 

GEORGE COOMBER

 

DAVID THATCHER

 

IAN DENTON

 

JOHN HAMPSON

 

PAUL CARR

 

 

President: Lewis Wood

 

Vice-Presidents: Ian Jessop

Chairman: Ian Moss

Secretary: Steve Haywood

Treasurer: Ian Denton

Librarian: Geoff Eames

Dep. Conductor: David Cook

 

 

Dep. Accompanist:

 

Stage Manager: Bobbie Greatorex

Attendance Officer: Lewis Wood

Patrons Secretary: Bill Bunton

Publicity Officer:

Uniform Officer: Joe Parton

 

 

Committee Members:

 

Joe Parton

Eddie Sykes

George Coomber

Geoff Eames

Bill Bunton

Brian Dunderdale

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