Organisation Newchurch Male Voice Choir

President - Don Emery

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Don recieved the President's medal on 30th April 2016 after having served twenty eight years in the choir. He joined the choir in 1988 when he came to the Island as a Chief Inspector in the Hampshire Police, joining the bass section. During his time with the Newchurch group he has been chairman twice.

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Musical Director - Roy Bevan

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Roy joined the choir in1982 and sang in the Tenor section until, in 2001, having owned up to being able to read music, he foolishly agreed to act as 'caretaker' until a new conductor could be found.
In his working life Roy has managed to retire twice: Once in 1995 after 16 years service in the Royal Navy and again in the summer of 2015 after teaching Chemistry, most recently at Portsmouth High School.
He enjoys living in Newchurch, where he serves on the Parish Council and the Sports and Community Association. His hobbies include crosswords, sitting (and occasionally working) in the garden, woodturning and terrorising the roads of the Isle of Wight on one of his motorbikes.

Secretary - Sheelah Stephens

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Sheelah has been secretary to the choir for a number of years. We needed a lady to do this role - none of the men were organised enough. Sheelah is married to John who sings in the Tenor section, and is very heavily involved with the Savoyards Gilbert and Sullivan group based in Shanklin.

Treasurer - Alan Russell

Alan Russell joined the bass section in 1997. He has priviously served 4 years as Chairman and is currently Treasurer.
He has been singing in various choirs since joining the school choir in 1949, at the age of 11.

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Vice-Chairman - Richard Knowles

At Christmas in 1975, Richard sang the boy soprano first verse of 'Once in Royal David’s City'. By the following Christmas he was singing “Old Man River” in a deep bass voice.

Forty years on and a semi retired nurse, he now sings in the first tenor section of the choir.

When he’s not singing, he also works an 18 acre ancient woodland on the Isle of Wight.

In the wood, with red squirrels and other creatures for an audience, he likes to practice the tenor parts of the choir’s repertoire.

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Accompanist - Cate Clark

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Cate became the Choir's principal accompanist in 2015 having acted as deputy on several occasions. She also accompanies the Voices of the IOW and sings with the vocal trio Cantobelle. Cate started her musical life aged 7 in the choir of Holy Trinity, Ventnor rising to head chorister. Island-born and bred, she was a member of the IOW Youth Choir [including a tour of West Germany and a performance on BBC Songs of Praise] and received an IOW County Council Junior Exhibitioner musical scholarship [piano and clarinet]. She continued her musical education at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth where she took piano and vocal studies and as well as accompanying a range of instrumental and vocal soloists was repetiteur / continuo for the University opera group, appeared on Welsh channel 4 [S4C] and was musical director for Aberystwyth's professional pantomimes and summer seasons.

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