OUR MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Margaret was born in Preston in 1968. After achieving a distinction in her Grade 8 clarinet at the age of 11, Margaret went on to study under Neville Duckworth at the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music. In the 8 years that she spent there she also studied violin with Benedict Holland, piano with John Gough and composition with Anthony Gilbert. At the age of 18 Margaret was awarded places at the four Royal Schools of Music but declined them to start her own music school, Ribble Academy of Music. Whilst bringing up a family Margaret managed to run the business, which boasted some 60 pupils, perform freelance as a solo clarinettist with pianist Philip Kubilius and as part of a wind quintet, Ensemble Elan, attain a BMus(hons) in Contemporary Composition and LTCL and LRSM in performance on the clarinet. From 1992 Margaret began her teaching career in schools and gained experience working with all age ranges from 4 at St. Pius Xth Preparatory School to 18 at Westholme School for Girls. She continued her solo and ensemble performances and also became Solo Clarinet in the Lancashire Artillery (V) Band in Bolton. In 1997 Margaret began her career as Director of Music at Cardinal Newman College where she was to stay for the next nine years before moving across to Rossall School in 2006. Under Margaret’s enthusiastic Directorship the Chapel Choir has participated in numerous cathedral tours both in the UK and abroad including being choir in residence at both Washington National Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
Oratorios such as Messiah Handel, Creation Haydn, requiems by Mozart, Brahms and Faure, the glorias of Rutter and Vivaldi and masses by established composers. Additionally, we like to offer our audiences other great music from the choral repertory: Hubert Parry's Blest pair of sirens, Coleridge-Taylor's Hiawatha's Wedding Feast and Mendelssohn's Hear My Prayer have recently been performed.
In our range of musical styles we include popular opera choruses such as Verdi: March of the Hebrew Slaves, the Anvil Chorus and also popular songs and arrangements of Let's Do It Cole Porter, Bridge Over Troubled Water Paul Simon, I Got Rhythm George and Ira Gershwin and The Way We Were Marvin Hamlisch.
We currently have over 60 members singing standard SATB parts and perform concerts throughout the year with an invited professional orchestra and soloists performing a wide range of works.
Push the button to watch the choir performing Zadok the Priest.
President: His Worship the Mayor of Wyre
The Society is run by a committee of members who meet monthly.
The Chair is elected to serve for a period of 2 years.
Chair: Helen Mair
Vice Chair: Sue Woodhouse
Secretary: Di Stenson
Treasurer: Paul Raynor
Musical Director: Margaret E. Young
Accompanist: David Chadwick
Ticket sales: Julie Evans
Publicity: Kate Condron
Librarian: Ann McCarthy
Concert logistics officer: Helen Mair
Tenor/bass rep: Neal Thornton
Social Committee Chair/ Web : Sue Woodhouse