A fun and friendly mixed voice choir in Melbourne
Paul Marshall – Musical Director
Paul Marshall was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire and studied piano, organ, and singing.
He was Organist of St. Georges Parish Church, accompanist for a local ballet school, and rehearsal pianist for local choral societies.
In Loughborough he was organist of Thorpe Acre Parish Church, and MD of Loughborough Ladies Choir.
In Derby he was Chairman of Derby Bach Choir for 10 years.
He is senior lay clerk in Derby Cathedral Choir, vocal coach for the choristers of Derby Cathedral, MD of Dalesmen Male Voice Choir, singing teacher at Derby High School and Derby Grammar School.
As Musical Director of A Choir’d Taste he has seen the choir grow in confidence, tackling complex music of various genres with excellent results. The choir sings new music on a regular basis, from Baroque to Beatles, and has had music specially written for them.
A Choir’d taste welcomes new singers in each voice part and is friendly, talented, busy choir.
Richard Allen – Accompanist
I joined Achoir’d taste all the way back in January of 2010 at the age of 14. As an aspiring young pianist I was initially more interested in Chopin than show-tunes, but over time I’ve grown to love the range of musicals, operas, requiems (and everything in-between) that makes up the choir’s diverse repertoire.
After a short break to study Mathematics at Durham University, the choir very kindly welcomed me back in 2016. Although I ultimately decided to pursue a career outside of music as an Actuary, coming to rehearsals on Wednesday nights allows me to continue my favourite hobby, and is the best way I’ve found to switch off after work!
Stephanie Hill Alto and founder member
“Maybe one day we will have a mixed voice choir in Melbourne”
In the spring of 2009 my words became a reality. Posters went up around Melbourne to gauge what support we might expect. Sixty people turned up to a meeting. Andrew Nicklin, director of Derby Gilbert & Sullivan Company agreed to be our musical director and Philip Heath our accompanist. We arranged two taster sessions and the new choir’s first practice took place in the Thomas Cook Memorial Hall in May 2009.
Tickets for our inaugural concert in May 2010 sold out in four days. By now Nic Robinson was our musical director and Richard Allen, then only 14 years old had joined us as our accompanist.
Nine years later the choir has almost doubled in size and developed an extensive repertoire of choral classics, modern music and always a dash of the quirky. We put on three major concerts a year in Melbourne and sing at various events elsewhere. We welcome visiting soloists to take part in our concerts and have accompanied Karen England, opera singer on several occasions and hosted the Burberi string quartet. We love to travel and have sung in concerts in Derby Cathedral, Belper, Burton on Trent, Chatsworth and in the gardens of Melbourne Hall and the Dower House. We also raise money for local and national charities.
From the beginning there has been a policy of no auditions. Prospective new members are always welcome to attend a couple of taster sessions before they join. The ethos of the choir is to enjoy singing together and to do it to the very best of our ability. Other activities include making a CD, entering a team in the annual Village Quiz and last year we won a ‘Mel’ award for the best singing group in Melbourne.
Practices are held on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 – 9.30 in St Mary’s church hall on Church Street, Melbourne. Fees are £10 a year to join the choir and a monthly subscription of £10. Logistics and business matters are looked after by our committee and Paul is in charge of all things musical.