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NEIL ASTON - clarinet


Neil Aston - Clarinet


Neil studied at Lancaster University and subsequently at Birmingham Conservatoire with Janet Hilton and Colin Part. He performs regularly with orchestras including the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Spires Philharmonic and Orchestra da Camera and is an extra player with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Neil has given recitals throughout the country including twice at the Purcell Room on London's South Bank, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Regent Hall, Kew Music Society and Shrewsbury Music Hall, as well as on radio and television. Neil is an accomplished conductor. He is Music Director of the Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra and regularly conducts the Birmingham Philharmonic and Charnwood Orchestras.





POWICK COMMUNITY CHOIR


Powick Community Choir
Powick Community Choir has quickly established an enviable reputation since its formation in 2010. It draws its large membership from across south Worcestershire. This SATB choir is truly unique in many ways: Not least, for its wide and eclectic repertoire, where Mozart and Handel often share the same programme as Bon Jovi and Queen. The choir also enjoys singing the compositions of its Musical Director.
 
The choir is in great demand and has recently performed in Worcester Cathedral, Malvern Priory, Malvern Theatres and Pershore Abbey. Last December it performs a series of five sell out concerts in The Great Hall in Stanbrook Abbey.
 
The choir operates a bursary scheme to support young aspiring musicians and generates thousands of pounds for local charities each year. It is well supported by The Friends of Powick Community Choir whose membership have priority access to tickets. For further information regarding the choir, please contact the choir secretary Angie Pope:


Tom Wells
Tom Wells was born and brought up locally. As a boy, he won a choral scholarship to sing in Worcester Cathedral Choir and study at King’s School Worcester.
 
At the age of just 16, he became choirmaster and organist at St Mary’s Church, Malvern. Following University, he was appointed Director of Music at Hillstone School in Malvern. In 1990 the school reached the final of the Barclays Music Awards and performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. The following year, the school won the BBC Television Song for Christmas Competition. in 1992 left Hillstone School to establish his own successful music tuition business.
 
Tom has written two musicals, Children of the Night and City Kids.The latter having been performed at Malvern Theatres in 2008. He continues to write and Powick Community Choir regularly showcases his compositions.




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