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musical director terry clay
Musical Director Terry Clay

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.

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Assistant Accompanist Michael Anthony

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.

 

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