Alan attended the renowned School of Music in Huddersfield where he studied piano, organ, clarinet, composition and conducting. On leaving he took up a teaching post at Brooksbank School in Elland and later moved to be Head of the Music Department at Moor End High School in Huddersfield.
Alan was Musical Director of the Huddersfield Methodist Choir (now Huddersfield Voices) during which time he conducted numerous performances of Handel’s Messiah and other oratorios and Christmas concerts in Huddersfield Town Hall. During this time the choir also toured in North Carolina and took part in BBC’s Songs of Praise. Other concerts included guests such as Dana, Hayley Westernra and All Angels.
Whilst Alan has been with New Mill Male Voice Choir, they have toured Belgium, performing at the Menin Gate and also in the Cathedrals in Bruges and Ghent. The Choir has also performed in many local venues as well as Wakefield and Sheffield Cathedrals, and when taking part in the International Male Voice Choir competition in Cornwall, at Tate St. Ives, Eden Project and Truro Cathedral.
Alan enjoys composing and arranging music for the Choir and likes to spend time making up tunes with his eldest granddaughter Megan who plays the flute and piano.
Grandson Toby is learning to play the drums, but really likes playing cricket and football and going to watch Huddersfield Town with his dad and grandad!
Emma was appointed as accompanist to New Mill Male Voice Choir in July 2012. Emma studied at Huddersfield University where she was awarded a B.Mus ( Hons) degree and also achieved a PGCE teaching qualification from Bretton College.
She is currently Deputy Head of Lindley Junior School where she has been a major influence in helping to build the tremendous reputation of the school in the music world. The Lindley Junior Choir have been winners of the prestigious BBC Songs of Praise Awards and distinguished themselves in forums such as the Llangollen National Eisteddfod, Leeds Town Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and many others.
Emma has accompanied Huddersfield Light Opera Company for the past fifteen years and is now the Company’s General Manager. She also supports several other musical groups and choirs across the local area.
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