David Grierson (Accompanist)
David is a graduate of both Exeter and London University. He was, for many years, Head of Music and Drama at Shaftesbury School as well as being a part-time OFSTED inspector. Following a lengthy tour of duty in China, where he taught in both international and Chinese schools, he returned to North Dorset in 2009. David is well known as an accompanist, conductor, musical director, writer and occasional speaker; his exploits whilst overseas were serialised in the Blackmore Vale Magazine, winning him an enthusiastic following! David founded and leads the Shaftesbury Community Choir and is a member of the Phoenix Café Orchestra and of the sax ensemble Saxophony.
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Geoff Allan - Choir Director
Geoff graduated from Royal Holloway College, London University with a degree in Physics. However he probably spent more time in the Music department as a tenor in the Chapel Choir, Savoy Opera Society and various orchestras as a Violist. Later he also played Double Bass in the Mid Somerset Orchestra and various Jazz Groups. He has continued his choral interests in Somerset and Dorset over the last 40 years as Decani Alto in Sherborne Abbey Choir and as soloist, occasional MD and Director for Milborne Port Opera and MD of Myllburne Camerata. He has sung with many other choirs in the South West.He is a published choral composer and made a living before retirement as a Software and Systems Architect. www.allans.org.uk