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About the Shifnal Chorale
Our Chairman, Kiaran Asthana

"Having sung for some years as a schoolboy chorister, Kiaran rediscovered his love of choral singing when he joined the Shifnal Chorale on his retirement three years ago. He is one of our small but mighty band of Tenors, and is appreciative of the welcome and support provided by the Chorale to those like him with a non-musical background. He is a Midlander, and has lived near Shifnal for the past 20 years."

Our President
Our President

Sue’s involvement with Shifnal Chorale dates back to the early 1990s when she was brought in as their occasional accompanist, becoming permanent in 1996 alongside Musical Director husband Chris. Together they headed up the chorale for almost ten years.

Sue’s passion and involvement with music spans over forty years – from individual performance, private teaching and group leadership to community support at town and district level. Resident in Shifnal since 1992, Sue has been Organist and Director of Music at St Andrew’s Church for over twenty years. She was involved with the Shifnal Arts Festivals 2011-2013, and since 2015 has been Co-editor of the Shifnal Parish Magazine.

Sue is proud to be involved with the Chorale as they move forward under the inspirational leadership of Director Alex Woodrow.

Our Music Director
Our Music Director

Alexander Woodrow, born in York in 1986, leads a freelance career as Organist  to the Solihull Parish, Visiting Teacher of Organ and Piano at Solihull School, Musical Director to Shifnal Chorale and Repetiteur to Lichfield Cathedral Chorus. A former Head of Choral Music at Solihull School, Alex’s background is steeped in cathedral music and, after initial positions at Guildford Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral and Hexham Abbey, he was for almost five years Organist and Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral, serving as the youngest cathedral organist in the country. He makes a part-time return to Yorkshire from February to take up the position of Director of Music at Leeds Minster.

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. Alex has regularly broadcast on BBC Radio and Television, including as organist for five programmes of BBC Songs of Praise. Solo organ recitals have taken him to many of the major churches and cathedrals of the UK, including York Minster, King’s College, Cambridge, St Albans Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

Shifnal Chorale in April 2019
Shifnal Chorale in April 2019
Our Deputy Conductor, Marcia Hall
Our Deputy Conductor, Marcia Hall

Originally from Birmingham, Marcia Hall has lived in Shifnal for many 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, Marcia has gradually become more involved with Shifnal Chorale and is now their Deputy Conductor and Alto Solo!

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.

Chris is still involved playing the organ at various Churches in the area and is always happy to play for Weddings and Funerals on request.

 

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.