Month: October 2018

Treona Holden – Accompanist

Treona is a professional Accompanist, Musical Director and Private Teacher of Piano and Singing as well as a member of staff at the X Academy of Performing Arts School. Treona has worked with a variety of ensembles in both the classical and musical theatre fields. She was the resident accompanist for the Keele Philharmonic Choir from 2006-2010 and the Keele Bach Choir from 2007-2012 and included performances with the Orlando Consort, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Liverpool Philharmonic . Treona held the position of Assistant Music Director of the Keele Bach Choir between 2009-2012.

Treona has been the accompanist for the Crewe Male Voice Choir and Chetwynd Choral since 2011. Since then, she has worked with a number of international soloists, accompanied musical productions and opera performances as well as performing with Audlem Voices, the Keele Chapel Singers, and the Newcastle Ladies Choir.

Treona regularly performs at the Audlem Music Festival as well as the Stafford Music Festival and works as a Music Director for musical theatre productions across Cheshire. She has worked with AOS, CAMS, MCMTC, with productions receiving recognition for their ensemble and vocal work. Treona has also been a music associate for the ROSS Theatre Summer School based at Lancaster University for the last 4 years.

The Early Days 1957-1968

  • January 1958: At a social gathering in Crewe, Cliff Hartley, Harold Speed and the Mayor of Crewe Eric Booth arranged a meeting to gain support to form a male voice choir. The ambition:

To create a male voice choir to perform through the North West region and Nationally and to compete against the best of the English and Welsh amateur male voice choirs. 

  • February 1958: The Crewe & District Male Voice Choir was formed at a meeting which took place at the Municipal Buildings Crewe. Eric Booth was elected the 1st Chairman.

March 1958: Members  were recruited from Crewe and the surrounding areas. Roy Jennings was appointed the 1st Musical Director and rehearsals began in earnest.


  • November 1958: The choir gives its 1st official public performance at the Corn Exchange in Crewe.

  • 1959: The choir entered the Chester Music Festival and were section winners! They were also broadcast on BBC Radio for the 1st time.
  • 1960: As the choir’s reputation grew, Edward Griffiths replaced Roy Jennings as Musical Director. Musical Accompanist Gillian Lomas was also appointed. This new team went on to lead the choir to great success over the next 17 years – until 1977.










  • 1961-1965: Winners at the Chester Music Festival (61,62,63 & 65)and of the Alderley Edge Music Festival (62 & 64), 2nd BBC Radio broadcast
  • 1965-68: Winners of the Biddulph Music Festival (65, 66 & 67), Wallasey Music Festival (66), Fleetwood Music Festival (66), Morecambe Music Festival (67). The 1st 10 years finished with a joint anniversary concert with the Ludford St Girls School.

60th Anniversary Gala Concert

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