The Music Team

Musical Director

Ellie Martin

Ellie began her musical training at a young age, learning the violin and piano, before she began to focus on singing when she was fifteen. She went on to study Vocal Performance at Trinity College of Music, and graduated in 2010 with First Class Honours.

Ellie has extensive experience as a singing teacher, and in running music workshops, school singing assemblies and staff training sessions. For the past few years Ellie was the Vocal Coordinator for Bird College Music Service, a role in which she was committed to promoting engagement with music across all ages and abilities. She directed choirs from age 4 to adult, and conducted a massed choir of over 700 in the Royal Festival Hall on several occasions.

Aside from her conducting work, Ellie is a professional singer, and a member of London-based choir Blossom Street, with whom she has toured internationally. Ellie features as a soloist, as well as part of the ensemble, on Sleep, Holy Babe, Down by the Sea and A Short While For Dreaming, three CDs released by the choir, which have all received critical acclaim.

Ellie moved to Nottingham in October 2016 to study a master’s degree in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. She is very much enjoying working with Mansfield Choral Society, and is looking forward to continuing the success of the choir. 

 

Assistant Conductor

Greg Place

Greg began singing aged 9 in Derby and was a chorister at St Georges Church. He continued singing at school and at University; and has been singing on and off ever since. Choirmaster at St Peter’s Church, Ravenshead, he is also occasional conductor of Southwell Orchestral Society, for whom he regularly plays both French horn and trumpet.

Greg produces rehearsal CDs for choir members; and he is also the choir’s Making Music representative.

 

Accompanist

Stephen Wall

Stephen first accompanied the choir at the 2009 summer concert but prior to then could be found as a member of the audience. In 2012, he was delighted to take over as rehearsal pianist and hence be able to work in such a stimulating musical environment. His role as an accompanist began as a child in his local Methodist church and continued through school and university to the present day. At Nottingham University he performed concertos by Mozart and Shostakovich but piano accompaniment is his metier. 2012 was a milestone year as he also began work with Ashfield Harmony as musical director and accompanied Ravenshead Gilbert and Sullivan Society in their annual production. Both societies enable him to explore the lighter choral repertoire. In the autumn of 2012, he was awarded the degree of Master of Music by Sheffield University on the basis of research into the musical language of the Swiss composer Frank Martin.

His role with Ravenshead G & S is now that of musical director which brings with it the added challenges of theatrical production. He has an on going commitment to Linda Darnell and pupils as accompanist for concerts and ABRSM examinations. In 2019 when retirement becomes a reality, he hopes to resume musical research. As his musical tastes range from classical song to musical theatre, he shares the opinion of both Duke Ellington and the Nottinghamshire born composer Eric Coates that there are only two types of music - good and bad.

 

Music Committee

This committee meets twice a year to plan future concert programmes, aiming to select these three years ahead to ensure that they do not clash with those of other choirs.

Possible soloists are also proposed and discussed before the Musical Director makes their recommendations to the Committee for approval.

We also periodically ask choir members what they would like to sing in the future. Please feel free to make any suggestions to the Concert Secretary, so that they can be considered.

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Next Concerts

Elgar: Music Makers

Date:
13 April 2019 19:30
Venue:
St Mark's Church, Mansfield NG18 1BP

Rutter's Gloria with Essentially Brass

Summer concert

Date:
29 June 2019 19:30
Venue:
Queen Elizabeth Academy,150 Chesterfield Road, Mansfield, NG19 7AP
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