Ian Grice – Musical Director
Ian was appointed Acting Musical Director following the decision of Meryl Chambers to stand down as MD ( Christmas 2017) . After an interim period Ian was confirmed as Musical Director in March 2018. Locally born and bred, Ian is one of the most influential members of our choir with 31 years service. He is also our main point of contact with other choirs including the Welsh Association of Male Voice Choirs, giving us a breadth of musical experience we otherwise would not have.
Ian is one of our primary soloists with a wonderful tenor voice. He is also a member of “The Gentlemen”, a nonet formed from members of our choir.
Margaret Ball – Accompanist
Local to Mansfield Woodhouse, Margaret started to learn piano at the age of 4. She went on to receive music tuition for piano and clarinet at Birmingham School of Music. A retired school teacher, she taught and coordinated music at primary schools, directing school choirs and being involved in a wide range of musical drama productions.
Margaret has played church organ for over 40 years, and she went on to play for the last 20 at St Philip Neri RC Church in Mansfield where she also accompanies the church choir. She has accompanied local solo artists and ensembles in a variety of concerts and has been accompanist to our choir for 14 years
Phil Robinson – Assistant MD (Phil’s details to follow)
John Wakeland – Chairman
Sixty-seven-year-old retired builder John Wakeland took over as Chairman in April 2019.
John explains how he got started in singing: “I was introduced to the choir by a friend some ten year ago having never thought about singing as a hobby. I really don’t know why I thought it such a good idea but was always moved by the power of song.”
“I really enjoy the choir and all its aspects, from the friends I’ve met to the venues it takes me, but most of all for the pleasure of singing. If you’ve never sung before in public then you won’t fully understand the last statement, but I can assure you when the applause starts then you will understand.”
David Marriott – President
David is born and bred Mansfield resident and a prominent local businessman. He is owner/director of Sally Twinkle a long-establish Mansfield haberdashery business in the town centre. As Director of the John Eastwood Foundation he is very involved in local charity work. David is also a very active member of All Saints Church, Clipstone. During the 5 years he has been President, David has been a true friend of the Choir and a great ambassador