Terry, hails from Heanor. He studied at the local grammar school and then went on to study piano & viola at the Royal Manchester College of Music, graduating in 1962. A renowned musician, Terry played E flat bass with Newhall Brass Band and Cornet with The Rolls Royce Band for a number of years. He also plays the organ.
After graduating, Terry spent 6 years teaching music at Tupton Hall Grammar School before moving to Hertfordshire in 1970 to take up a teaching post.
Shortly thereafter he was approached by The Stevenage Male Voice Choir to become a Chorus Master. There then followed a period as Accompanist, culminating in Terry becoming their Musical Director, a post he held for over 10 years.
During Terry’s tenure the choir had great success in choral competitions and made a number of radio and television appearances.
Since returning to Derbyshire, Terry has shared his musical expertise with a number of local male voice choirs, conducting for 8 years the Bestwood Male Voice Choir, a short period with the Chesterfield Male Voice Choir, 14 years with the Melbourne Male Voice Choir and the Nottinghamshire Police Male Voice Choir.
For the past 10 years Terry has had the privilege of working with the Alfreton Male Voice Choir and the combination of Terry’s vast experience and expertise and the choir members commitment to continually expand and improve their interpretation and phrasing of their extensive repertoire has seen their popularity grow.
For over 30 years Terry was a Commissioned Officer with the Territorial Army Reserves and he was awarded the Territorial Decoration. Terry is an extremely active Rotarian.
Accompanist Lisa Smith
Having achieved a thorough grounding in all these instruments she went to study oboe at Huddersfield University under Valerie Taylor. Whilst at university she also took organ lessons from Keith Jarvis and held the position of organ scholar ar Huddersfield Parish Church.
Upon graduating from university she returned to Chesterfield and began to forge a career in music, holding the position of organist firstly at Alfreton Parish church, then at Rotherham Minster. She also played the oboe in local bands and orchestras.
During this time Lisa also studied for a maths degree with the Open University gaining first class honours before proceeding to postgraduate study also with the Open University.
Following the arrival of her family she returned to playing the organ at local churches and currently plays regularly for several churches in the Alfreton and Chesterfield areas. Lisa also plays the oboe in Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra and for local drama productions.
Lisa began accompanying Alfreton Male Voice Choir in 2003 and is delighted to continue to enjoy the challenges 14 years later.
Assistant Accompanist Michael Anthony
Michael had an early introduction to the organ as his father was a church organist for 36 years. This interest led to Michael taking up various musical appointments in the Nottingham area. He was Organist at Park Hill Congregational Church, Derby Road and a Chorister at Castle Gate Congregational Church; he also served as Organist and Choirmaster at Mansfield Road Baptist Church.
From 1985 – 2000 he was Musical Director at Heanor Methodist Church.
Michael was elected President of the Nottingham and District Society of Organists for 1991 – 1992, and also for 2014 – 2015.
For many years he was a cellist with the former Nottingham Harmonic Society Orchestra and the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra.
He was a founder member of the baroque chamber group Corelli Consort, which gave many concerts in the Nottingham area during the 1980s and early 1990s, including accompanying Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Handel’s “Messiah”.
Michael has also served as Accompanist to the Carlton Male Voice Choir.
Following this he was Accompanist and, latterly, Musical Director of the Nottinghamshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir, culminating, in 1992, with a massed concert of 200 police voices in the Albert Hall, with Nottingham’s Leslie Crowther as Compere.
He is currently lead organist at St. Mary’s and All Souls’ Church, Bulwell, Nottingham.
Michael has served as Assistant Accompanist for the Alfreton Male Voice Choir since 2011.
Our Next Event
To all members appearing at The Royal Albert Hall on November 3rd.
Choir AGM 8th February
Last night was the choirs AGM. Members gathered to reflect on last year and elect officers for the coming one. Chairman Derrick Hesketh opened by thanking everyone in the choir, whether holding …
Charity Selection 2018
There are many causes looking for support and, as is seen from our charities page, the choir makes a selection each year as to which one will benefit from the proceeds of …
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