About Us

BASLOW CHOIR was established in 1971 and currently has over 50 members, from as far away as Sheffield, Buxton, Chesterfield and Matlock. As well as performing our three main concerts each year, we also participate in additional performances in support of charitable events in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. The Choir sings a wide range of music, from serious choral works to more light-hearted offerings, and we like to explore the lesser-known parts of the choral repertoire.

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ANDREW MARPLES - Our Director

Andrew studied music at the University of Reading and won a post-graduate scholarship to study piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is in great demand as a conductor locally – his current societies and groups include: Chesterfield Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Baslow Choir, Holymoorside Choral Society and MusicWork Vocal Ensemble. He has been a guest conductor with Rotherham Choral Society, Present Company, Matlock Operatic Society, Sheffield City Opera and Peak Performance. He was accompanist and then conductor of Chesterfield Co-operative Choral Society for 20 years. He has led choir tours to Troyes (twice), Darmstadt (three times) and Prague. Andrew performed over 40 concerts in 2017 as either pianist, conductor or singer. Past theatre performances include all the G&S operas, Gigi, Oliver, The Merry Widow, West Side Story, Wizard of Oz, The Elixir of Love (at Sheffield Crucible for SCO and Buxton Opera House for Present Company) Iolanthe and Viva Mexico. He has conducted many concert works with orchestra including: Te Deum and Creation part 1 (Haydn); Requiem (Fauré); Exsultate Jubilate (Mozart); Magnificats by Vivaldi, Albinoni and Pergolesi; Gloria (Vivaldi); Gloria (Poulenc); Come ye sons of Art (Purcell); Coronation Anthems and Messiah (Handel); Mass in C (Beethoven) and Requiem (Mozart). Recent concerts have included a complete performance of Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus.

He was a songman at Sheffield Cathedral Choir for 6 years, toured with them to Holland, France and the USA and has recorded 6 CDs and made two live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 with them. He co-founded the very successful Saturday lunchtime concerts at Chesterfield library (now in their 28th year) and established a monthly series of concerts at Elder Yard Chapel. He teaches piano in Bakewell at St. Anselm’s School and privately and is a long-suffering fan of Chesterfield F.C!

(Notes taken from the programme of the 2018 Spring Concert)




CAROL REID - Our Accompanist

After studying music at Manchester University, Carol spent many years working as an IT manager in the Pharmaceutical industry, retaining music as a source of pleasure and relaxation. She plays regularly at Whaley Bridge Uniting Church and has accompanied a number of choirs, including the Chapel-en-le-Frith Male Voice Choir for several years in the 1990s. Carol particularly enjoys playing with and in support of other musicians, whether they are singers or instrumentalists. She is the accompanist for the local choirs in both Hathersage and Baslow, and since retiring earlier this year is enjoying the challenge of taking on more individual accompanying assignments.



 
Baslow Choir | Founded 1971 | Registered Charity No. 1088960