Musical Director – David Lodge B.A. Cert.Ed.
After studying music at university and subsequent teacher training I taught music in three Plymouth comprehensive schools for almost thirty years, finally leaving the classroom in 2004. Since then I have taught piano, theory and “A” level music as a private teacher. Past positions have included being Musical Director of several choirs and operatic societies across Plymouth. Presently I am Musical Director of Tamar Concert Choir. I am also an organist and play as locum organist at churches of various denominations across the city. I am available to play for weddings and funerals and can be contacted at email@example.com
Accompanist – Elizabeth Sidebotham.
Having studied piano from an early age I have accompanied choirs from the age of 14. I gained Associate and Licentiate diplomas with the London College of Music and began teaching and writing music.
As an accompanist I have taken part in many festivals,competitions and concert tours. At present I accompany 2 male voice choirs, one mixed choir and one ladies choir and I am MD of a mixed choir. In the past I have played for theatre groups and their productions. I also regularly play keyboard and accordian in a country dance band.
In 2003 my composition, “The Hedgehog Song” for four part male choir,was the winning entry in the composers’ competition and was performed by the English Concert Singers as part of the Gala concert during the International Male Voice Choral Festival. A new song for TTBB called “The Glade” has won 2nd prize in the 2005 International Male Voice Choral Festival competition and another called “S’funny” has been Highly Commended. A third attempt has gained 3rd prize in the 2007 composers’ competition and it is called “In search of whales”. Several of my choral pieces have been performed namely; “Trust not to Joy”, “I saw three ships”, “Star of stars”, “Cornwall (my anthem)”, and “The Web”. In Autumn 2007 I undertook a 3 week tour of Singapore and New Zealand as accompanist and soloist to the Trelawny Male choir from Cornwall. In July 2008 I was awarded first prize once more for my TTBB song entry entitled “Travel in Style”, written in March 2008, and performed in Cornwall in July 2008. The Colne valley Male Voice Choir also performed this winning song at the Gala concert at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro in May
2009. The entry “Oh Puss Number One” for TTBB gained a special commendation at the 2011 International Choral Festival being performed at its Gala Concert.