The choir has been fortunate to enjoy the musical
leadership, creative direction and support of a succession of talented
and able Directors of Music.
Stephen Manning - January 2012 to December 2014
Stephen was appointed Director of Music of Aughton Male
Voice Choir in January 2012. He has a
busy working life as a freelance professional musician and has a deep interest
and track record in developing a number of choirs, their repertoires and their
He is very well qualified,
a gifted and experienced accompanist, and enjoyed a fabulous and fruitful two years with Aughton Male Voice Choir.
He has previously worked with Warrington Male Voice Choir,
going on tour with them to the Isle of Man in 2011. He was also the accompanist
for the choir’s subsidiary young-men’s choir, “Harmony In Blue.”
Stephen has always had an interest in music and works
regularly as an accompanist and sessional recording pianist with students from
the Royal Northern College of Music, LIPA and Liverpool University.
In 2011 he travelled to Inverness to play in
the band for Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has performed
at events in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, St. Georges Hall, New
Brighton Floral Pavilion, and the Villa Marina, Isle of Man.
Over the last five years, Stephen has worked extensively in
primary schools across Liverpool and has a rich history of enthusing and
motivating young voices. Each Christmas, Stephen works with the UK-based
Charity “Action for Children” as MD for its Annual Christmas Concert at
Liverpool Cathedral. The concert involves over 500 young singers,
instrumentalists and dancers and culminates with the renowned “Children’s Chorus”
of 400 voices.
The Liverpool concert is the largest “Action for Children”
concert in the UK.
Stephen studied at Bangor University for a BA (Hons) in
Business Studies & Marketing and an MBA in General Management before
studying for a MMus at the University of Liverpool. and holds (or has held) the
following positions: Crypt Organist & Director of the Youth Choir at the
Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool (2008-Present); Outreach Coordinator at the
Metropolitan Cathedral (2009-2011); Music Director of the Wirral Community
Choir (2009-Present); Rehearsal Pianist for the Bentley Operatic (G&S)
Society (2010-Present); Deputy Accompanist for the Warrington Male Voice Choir
(2010-Present); College Exam Accompanist at St Edward’s College, Liverpool
(2010-Present); Piano & Music Theory Tutor at St Julie’s Catholic High
School, Liverpool (2008-Present); Parish Organist at All Saints RC Church,
Liverpool (2006-2008), and; Parish Organist at St Charles RC Church, Liverpool
(2008-Present.) In April 2012, Stephen
will take up a position at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral as Assistant Choral
Director and Choral Animator with specific responsibility for the Cathedral Schools Singing Programme.
Neil Williams - June 2007 to December 2011
took up the position of Musical Director on 4 June 2007. Born in the one time mining village of Haydock. Neil moved to St.Helens. He is a retired local government officer, who has over the years
'taxed' a number of choirs with his arrangements.
Music has played a major part for most of his life. As a youngster he was taught to play the piano.
He was a member of the Grange Park MVC and the founder conductor of the
Nutgrove MVC, a position he
held for 15 years.
It was during his time as a singing member with the
Highfield MVC that he first became interested in doing arrangements for male
From 1990 to 2002 he was Musical Director of the Parkside
Colliery MVC. Neil is a scout leader and is organist at his local church.
Claire Morris - January 2007 to June 2007
The committee and members of Aughton Male Voice Choir are very grateful for the contribution that Claire Morris made during the six months as Director of Music. Clare stepped into the breach at the request of the committee to cover a six months gap when the choir was without a Director of Music. Clare laid particular emphasis on performance and drawing out the emotion and meaning of our singing and is fondly remembered by members of the choir.
Liam Owens BA MA
At a youthful 24 years
of age, Liam is probably the youngest conductor Aughton Male Voice Choir. His full time job is in Student
Recruitment and he is also studying for an MA in Music for which his research
is based around Leonard Bernstein and American National Music.
Wolverhampton, gained his music degree from the University of
Liverpool in 2002.
Whilst studying at
Liverpool Hope University, Liam was the conductor and Musical Director of Hope
Musical Theatre where he staged works including Cabaret and a version of Romeo
& Juliet for which he composed and conducted the music.
Before graduating, Liam was awarded the Sue
Willis Memorial Prize for contribution to the Musical Life of the
He was also active in
the Universities Chapel Music group and was awarded the CND Music Bursary in
2001. He is also Musical
Director of the Oriel Singers in Liverpool.
Derek Sadler FGMS (Fellow of the Guild of Musicians)
Derek Sadler FGMS (Fellow of the Guild of Musicians)
Derek was awarded the Fellowship as an honour when he
completed 25 years as the Organist of Liverpool Parish Church, and for his
further involvement in music generally in and around Merseyside.
His musical career began at the age of 7 with
piano lessons and he was awarded a Liverpool Education Committee Studentship at
14, studying piano with Joseph Greene.
Organ lessons inevitably followed at St. Andrew’s Clubmoor, Liverpool
and on completion of National Service with the Royal Air Force, Derek was
appointed Organist & Choirmaster at the Parish Church of St. James, West
Derby in 1962, where he served for 9 years.
Having resigned from his post, and hearing of the impending retirement
of Harry Weatherall as Organist of Liverpool Parish Church, Derek applied for
the post and was appointed in 1971, where he still presides 31 years later.
The William Morris Singers was founded in 1964 and continued
for 19 years with Derek as accompanist.
When the choir folded in 1983, this coincided with the retirement of
Ernest Pratt as accompanist of the Liverpool Welsh Choral Union.
audition with Edmund Walters, Chorus Master to the L.W.C.U at the time, Derek
was appointed. He served the choir for
19 years manfully tackling unplayable piano reductions of works originally
written to be played by 80 orchestral players!
Away from the organ stool, Derek has been Musical Director,
Chorus Master and Accompanist ( and even for short time performer) with many of
the amateur operatic societies on Merseyside, and for 15 years was Musical
Director of the Liverpool Male Voice Choir until his resignation in 1999.
has served for the last 21 years as official accompanist at the Crosby Music
Festival. He also accompanies the Crosby
Gilbert & Sullivan Society and was appointed Musical Director of the
Aughton Male Voice Choir in October, 2002.