Musical Director – Alan Brierley
Alan has been involved in music throughout his life. Born into a musical family in which both his parents were pianists and organists, he was a chorister in the choir of Huddersfield Parish Church before going on to study at the renowned School of Music at Huddersfield Polytechnic (now the University.)
Throughout his teaching career Alan spent much time arranging music for his pupils, and that is still the case, only now it is for the wonderful men of New Mill Male Voice Choir. Alan is keen to foster an enjoyment of music and when learning new pieces will often take time to explain to the men how a piece of music is put together, believing that an understanding of that process contributes to a successful concert performance. An example of that was the Choir’s first performance of Robert Cockroft’s In Flanders Fields in their October 2014 Town Hall concert with Sir Willard White.
Accompanist – Emma McKenna
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.