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.
To view a selection of our repertoire
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ANDREW MARPLES - Our Director
After graduating from the University of Reading and the Guildhall School of Music
and Drama, Andrew took up a successful and varied career. He was appointed to Baslow
Choir in 2008. His other societies and groups include:
Chesterfield Gilbert & Sullivan Society, MusicWork Vocal Ensemble and
Chesterfield G&S Youth Academy. He recently retired from Chesterfield Co-operative
Choral Society after 20 years service. Andrew performed over 50 concerts last year
as either pianist, conductor or singer. He is a keen concert promoter and organises
two popular lunchtime concert series in Chesterfield. He has conducted many concert
works with orchestra including: Gloria (Vivaldi); Gloria (Poulenc); Come ye sons of
Art (Purcell); Coronation Anthems & Messiah (Handel); Mass in C (Beethoven),
5 Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams), Crucifixion (Stainer) and Requiem (Fauré). He
was a songman at Sheffield Cathedral Choir for 6 years and toured with them to Holland,
France and the USA and has recorded 6 CDs and made two live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.
In his leisure time Andrew can be found cheering on his beloved Chesterfield F.C. at
the Proact Stadium!
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.