Who’s who

Philip Draisey – Conductor

Conductor Philip Draisey

Phil is a dynamic and enthusiastic Conductor who joined us in 2015, having graduated from the University of Southampton with a First Class Honours in Music.  An accomplished orchestral and choral conductor, Phil is also a pianist, trombonist and professional Countertenor who is in high demand in the area as a performer. His core musical beliefs are enthusiasm and joy, and since taking up the post his focus has been to secure and develop musical confidence, to broaden both our repertoire and membership numbers, and to rediscover and ignite the sense of pure passion that singing can evoke in anyone regardless of musical ability.

Geraldine Roche – Deputy Conductor

Deputy conductor Geraldine RocheFrom a professional musical family, Geraldine naturally gravitated into the world of music.  Acclaimed in many reviews,  her singing career has spanned the world of oratorio, recital work, cabaret and opera. She became an external Associate of the Royal College of Music with Honours,  has worked with the BBC West of England Singers, adjudicated, held master classes and coached nationally-known choirs.  Her singing has taken her across the British Isles, to the Continent, and to the U.S.A.

John Lowe – Accompanist

Accompanist John Lowe

John has had over twenty years’ experience of accompanying a wide range of choirs, both in the Bath/Bristol area and beyond. A chemist by training, he studied at York and subsequently worked at Oxford before moving to Bath, where he works in the University’s chemistry department

Guest Soloists

From time to time the choir invites guest soloists to join in concert with them.

We’ve sung with Katherine Jenkins, Aled Jones, Hayley Westenra, Alfie Boe, and Jamie Cullum who joined us at The Forum for our 60th Anniversary Concert. Please contact the secretary to find out more about possible collaborations and guest performers.

Founder

Our founder-conductor Kelvin Thomas MBE sadly passed away in June 2019 at the age of 99. The choir benefited hugely from his passion and dedication to music while he was conductor. Kelvin is remembered fondly by the choir who were delighted to have been able to sing with him in recent years in Christmas concerts at Bridgemead.