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Choir Musical Director: Stephen Davies

 Stephen describes himself as a keen amateur musician who likes to get involved.   He had piano and organ lessons from  an  early age and enjoyed playing for his own enjoyment.   While in the sixth form, he wrote a spoof musical and at  university was a  fringe member of the Footlights Society.    As a teacher Stephen was able to lend support to extra-  curricular music activities of  the schools he taught in, and working in church-based youth groups gave additional scope  for  encouraging the younger generation to be involved in music and drama.   His activities included performances and  productions at venues ranging from  the foot of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, the Albert Hall and Trentham  Gardens.   Moving to Cheshire in 1978 to take up  the post of deputy head provided more opportunities for musical  activities including  assisting with the senior choir, organising  the school jazz group and arranging a small band for a  production of ‘Oh What a  Lovely War’.   For twelve years Stephen also  conducted the Holmes Chapel Chorus, originally  a choir for parents of pupils  at the school.    Since retiring from teaching, he  played keyboard for a short period with  Wychcraft Big Band before joining the bass section of Crewe Male Voice Choir.   In  February 2014, he was promoted  from the ranks to the enviable role as  musical director of this well-established choir.   Stephen is looking forward to  working in partnership with Treona, the Choir’s  accompanist.    

Choir Accompanist:  Treona Holden

Treona is a professional accompanist who studied Music (piano and composition) at the University of Huddersfield,  graduating in 2006. She originally worked with the Keele Philharmonic Choir (2006-2010) and the Keele Bach Choir  (2007-2012), working on a wide range of repertoire (including Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, Gesualdo’s Sabbato  Sancto, Hindermith’s Apparebit Repentina Dies and Handel’s Messiah) and performing with the Orlando Consort,  Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Liverpool Phiharmonic Orchestra. Treona was appointed the  Assistant Music Director of Keele Bach Choir in 2009.

Ready for a new challenge, in 2011, Treona began working with Chetwynd Choral Society and the Crewe Male Voice  Choir. Since then, she has worked with a number of international soloists, accompanied musical productions and opera  performances, as well as performing with Audlem Voices, Keele Chapel Singers, and Newcastle Ladies Choir. Treona  regularly performs at Audlems’ and Stafford’s annual music festivals and has recently become involved with the ROSS  Theatre Summer School based at Lancaster University.

      Treona                                 Stephen    and     Peter