DORIAN KELLY - Musical Director
Our Musical Director is Dorian Kelly. Educated at Reading Grammar School, Dorian
went on to study trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music Junior Department
(part-time), followed by Trinity College of Music (full-time). After leaving college he
worked as an instrumental music teacher and a freelance trumpet player (with
performance credits including Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Neil Diamond,
Jamie Cullum, The Temptations and The Drifters).
In 2005 Dorian relocated from Berkshire to Yorkshire and switched his attention
to composition. Since then he has composed and recorded the music for over
30 short films, animations and documentaries and has had over 200 media music
tracks published, resulting in usage in the UK, USA, Canada, Norway, Russia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Finland, New Zealand & Singapore, including Sky 1, Sky 2, Discovery Channel, Lion TV and Living TV.
In 2010 Dorian returned to studying and completed an ALCM (Composition) in 2011, followed by an LLCM (Composition) in 2012, as an external student with the London College of Music. During this time Dorian composed numerous choral works (SATB, SSA & TTBB), ensemble arrangements and several music-based educational resources, which are published on his own web site www.modalmusic.biz
He was the musical director for Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir for seven years and the Halifax Cube Choir for over two years.
He is currently the musical director of Saddleworth Male Voice Choir and The Hepton Singers and was recently appointed as MD of The Oldham Choir. He also works as an examiner for Trinity College London, as well as a brass teacher for Bradford Music & Arts Service (including working with groups of hearing impaired children).
ELAINE CHAPMAN - Accompanist
Elaine joined the choir's musical team in September 2014, having previously
'deputised' as a rehearsal accompanist on several occasions.
She obtained an honours degree in early years education (specialising in music)
at Manchester Polytechnic, and gained her LTCL piano teaching diploma.
She has been playing the piano since the age of nine, and has also played the
recorder and guitar.
She has always loved working as an accompanist, playing for her school choir when at high school, and accompanying students for auditions, exams and concerts.
She has worked with Mossley, Dukinfield, and New Mills Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Societies, and the Woodley Players, together with her husband Dave who is a well-known local musical director, composer/arranger and trumpet player.
She plays keyboard in the Broadway Big Band, which is based in Greenfield, plays viola with the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra, and was church organist at St John’s Church in Dukinfield for over 25 years.
Elaine lives in Mossley with Dave, and works as a nursery teacher. They have two grown up daughters and two granddaughters.
LOUISE BRENNAN - Accompanist
Louise joined Saddleworth Male Voice Choir’s musical team in
May 2012 and brings with her a wealth of experience as an accompanist,
piano teacher and performer.
She is in great demand by choirs, soloists, exam students and many operatic
societies in the Greater Manchester area. She has accompanied a
number of school choirs and Oldham Music Centre choirs in concerts
and festivals. Louise is also a very busy piano teacher and church organist
and is accompanist for The Oldham Choir, and for Saddleworth Musical Society.
Away from music Louise works as a PA to a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon running a busy
clinical and medico legal Practice in Manchester. Louise is married to Graham
and they have three grown up children.
Previous Musical Directors:
Denis Jones 1955 - 1970
(Appointed MD of Delph MVC in 1954, continuing as MD on the change of
name to 'Saddleworth MVC' in 1955, until his sudden and untimely passing.)
Walter Brisk 1971 - 1997
Damian Cunningham 1997 - 2014