About the Shifnal Chorale
Shifnal Chorale's President & Chair, Marcia Hall
Shifnal Chorale's President & Chair, Marcia Hall

Originally from Birmingham, Marcia Hall has lived in Shifnal for 34 years. Graduating from Bangor University, she went straight into Secondary School Education as a Music Teacher.

Although Marcia learnt to play the violin and piano in her early years, it was only later in life that she took up singing seriously, with Joyce Rogers as her teacher.

Marcia has also been involved with Amateur Musical Companies, notably the Trinity Operatic Society in Wolverhampton, where she "trod the light fantastic", first as a member of the chorus, then as a soloist, before finally becoming their conductor for 11 years.

Since retiring 7 years ago, Marcia has gradually become more involved with Shifnal Chorale and is now their President, Chair, Deputy Conductor and Alto Solo!

Shifnal Chorale in March 2018
Shifnal Chorale in March 2018
Our Music Director

 

This post is currently vacant and being admirably filled by Marcia Hall. We hope to appoint a new musical director this coming summer.

Our Accompanist Chris Blake
Our Accompanist Chris Blake

Chris has been an organist, accompanist and choir director for over forty years. He was Musical Director of the Chorale from 1996 for just under ten years, and has often come back since to help out as accompanist or to sing with the tenors.  As an organist Chris is self-taught, and by the age of sixteen was already assistant organist at St Mary’s Church, Albrighton.  In 1969 he established the St Mary’s Ecumenical Choir together with Hugh Smith, and for over forty years accompanied the choir as they led services during the vacations in some of the greatest cathedrals in England, including Lincoln, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Wells.

He sings with St. Chad’s, Shrewsbury and deputises as organist there about once per month.  He also helps out at other churches around the area, and deputises for David Fisher when required for the Much Wenlock MVC and Church Stretton Choral Society.

Deputy Accompanist - David Fisher
Deputy Accompanist - David Fisher

David lives in Coalbrookdale and is the organist at the local parish church.

He studied at Trinity College of Music in London and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

David used to be the regular accompanist for Shifnal Chorale and although he retired some years ago for health reasons, he now deputises for several choirs, including ours.