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
Our Music Director

Born in York, Alexander Woodrow pursues a freelance career as a recitalist, accompanist, choral director and teacher. He moved to the West Midlands in 2016 and spent two years as Head of Choral Music at Solihull School. This followed nine years of working in cathedral music, first holding scholarships at Guildford and St Albans Cathedrals, then the Assistant Organist position at Hexham Abbey, before moving to Bradford, where he was Organist and Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral for almost five years and also responsible for the choral ensembles at Bradford Grammar School.

Appointed the Musical Director of the Shifnal Chorale from September 2018, he is also the organist at St Alphege, Solihull, accompanist to Lichfield Cathedral Chorus, and works at Solihull School and Warwick School, as well as playing organ recitals throughout the country.  

Alexander read music as Organ Scholar at Magdalene College, Cambridge, studying with Anne Page. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 19, winning first prizes in all categories, including the Limpus Prize. He is also a Fellow of Trinity College London and a recipient of the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Solo organ recitals have taken Alexander to many of the major churches and Cathedrals of the UK, including York Minster, King’s College and St John's College, Cambridge and Westminster Abbey. 

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 Fisher is a highly experienced pianist, who has taken a step back on health grounds from being our regular accompanist.  David is a Graduate of Trinity College in London where he also gained the FTCL and FRCO diplomas as an organist.  He now deputises for several choirs as/when required.  He enjoys both piano and organ playing, and lives in Coalbrookdale where he is organist of the local Parish Church.