Who’s who

John Sandford – Conductor

John moved to Bath 4 years ago and is a Choral Music Director with over 30 years experience running children’s and adult choirs. 

Indeed one of his previous choirs Vivace! did very well in the BBC’s popular Last Choir Standing competition, led the BBC’s WWI Remembrance Day broadcast and was invited to sing at the Foreign Office.

John also conducts the ladies choir Viva Vocals The Silver Ring Choir of Bath Facebook page based in Corsham.

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.

Philip Draisey – Conductor 2015-2019

Conductor Philip Draisey

Phil has recently moved on to a new orchestral conducting opportunity, but the choir has benefited hugely from his dynamic and enthusiastic conducting skills. Phil’s knowledge of music enabled the choir to broaden their repertoire and his passion for music-making made rehearsals and concerts a joy to attend.