Organisation Newchurch Male Voice Choir

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Chairman - Rod Riddell

Rod has been an active member of the choir for the past 12 years and has held the positions of Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Wardrobe Master.

He joined the Royal Navy in 1956 and spent 5 years of his service aboard the Royal Yacht Britanina. In 1968 Rod took up a position with Trinity House (Pilotage) and in 1980 was employed by Associated British Ports (Southampton). Having taken semi-retirement in 2000 Rod became a Butterfly keeper at Butterfly World on the Island. He fully retired in 2011.

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Musical Director - Roy Bevan

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.

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Secretary - Sheelah Stephens

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 - Mike Smith

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Mike joined the Choir in 2016 having previously sung some 45 years ago in a church choir in his native Norwich. He now enjoys singing as a 2nd Tenor. Mike worked in the Youth and Community Service for 25 years both in Norfolk and on the Island. More recently he was a driving instructor and currently works part time at St. Mary's hospital as a Patient Transport ambulance driver. Mike loves travelling the country with his wife Gill in their camper van and is a keen motorcyclist.

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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