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Musical Director  |  William McElwee
William is in demand as a choral conductor, and praised for his ability to get outstanding vocalism from choirs and to stretch them musically. Trained as an operatic soloist at the New Zealand School of Music and New Zealand Opera School, he is in demand as a baritone soloist and vocal coach. In his home town of Wellington, New Zealand, William conducted and accompanied several choirs, including Northern Chorale, St Peter's Anglican Church, and St James Anglican Church. He performed with most of the choral and operatic institutions in the Wellington region, including New Zealand Opera, Orpheus Choir, Days Bay Opera, and Eternity Opera. Some of his recent highlights include the bass solos in Handel's Messiah and Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Wairarapa Singers, and the title role in The Marriage of Figaro with Eternity Opera.
 

William moved to the United Kingdom in 2019, and is currently Assistant Director of the Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir, singing teacher at The Gryphon School, and maintains a private singing studio. In January 2020 he will take on the Musical Director role of the Collegium Singers, Taunton. Alongside his PGDip in Performance Voice, he holds a BSc in Mathematics and a BA in English and Latin with Honours in English Language. Outside of music, he is an avid sports fan.

William McElwee

 

Previous Musical Directors include, but not limited to:
 

Peter Parshall | Chapel Music Co-ordinator, Jesus College, Oxford | Musical Director, Axminster Chamber Choir | Axminster & District Choral Society
Judy Martin | Music Department, St Swithun's School, Winchester
Helen Brind | Musical Director, Weymouth Choral Society
David Gostick | Musical Director, Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir
James Henderson | Director of Music, Sherborne School | Director of Music & Organist, Sherborne Abbey
Peter Leech | Spectra Musica | Harmonia Sacra | Costanzi Consort
Steven Bell | Former Musical Director, Taunton Choral Society | Former Director of Music, Queen's College Taunton
Roger Durston | Former Director of Music, Wells Cathedral School | Former Principal Brit Performing Arts School
Guy Turner | Southwell Minster | Former Head of Music, Yeovil College
Anthony Saunders | Formerly Organist, St Mary's Church, Beaminster | Formerly Royal Academy of Music, London

 


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