Conductors

The choir does not have a permenant musical director but invites people to conduct it. If you would like to conduct the choir then please contact the chairman with your ideas and résumé. Please note the pay is very poor.

 

Robert Ascott (Retired)

Robert conducted the first Cantemus concert in 2000. He studied choral conducting under James Gaddarn. As a businessman he lived overseas for long periods. He has held organist/choirmaster posts in many cities of the world, including London, New York and Cologne. He is Treasurer of the Herbert Howell's Society and lists Bach and Britten among his favourite composers. In addition to his work on the chamber choir repertoire he has conducted opera and stage musicals.

 

Ian Westley

Ian has not only acted as a conductor of the choir,  but also as supplementary singing member, vocal soloist, and accompanist on both piano and organ. Ian studied music at Reading University where he specialised in piano and organ. He pursues a career as an instrumental and singing teacher as well as acting as an accompanist and repetiteur. He conducts the Erleigh Cantors and is director of music at St Peter’s, Caversham.

 

Richard Gwilt (Retired)

For a biography of Richard please go to his web site.

 

Sheenagh Dernie

Sheenagh studied singing, violin and piano at the Royal College of Music. Passionate about voices, she has been a choral conductor since her student days, and has directed both men's, women's, and children's choirs.  Recently retired from teaching in school, Sheenagh now runs a flourishingpractice teaching singing.She is currently a group conductor for Cor Meibion de Cymru, a hundred strong male voice choir, as well as a female youthchoir 'Fantasia', and when not guest conducting Cantemus, she is also a singing member of the choir.

 

Mary Westley

Mary studied music at Reading University, and is now Director of Music at Elstree School, Woolhampton, as well as Director of Music at St John’s Church, Mortimer.

 

Clive Grant

Clive began learning the organ aged 14 at Canterbury Cathedral, and as an undergraduate in Cambridge was Assistant Organist at the University Church of Great St Mary. After graduating he remained in Cambridge to complete his studies in organ, harpsichord, piano accompaniment and voice. During that time he attended master classes in London and Paris. He is currently Head of Music and the Expressive Arts Faculty at St Bartholomew’s school, Newbury; an organist, choral trainer and tutor in theory and musicianship for Berkshire Maestros; and a Music Consultant with West Berkshire LEA. He is a mentor for PGCE music students at Reading University, and regularly runs CPD workshops for teachers nationwide. He is also Chairman of the Neil Webster Music Trust, a local organisation which provides funding for the development of young singers and choral conductors.