Mr Paul Lowe CChem, FRSC, FCIWEM, MCMI, CWEM. [Chair and Founder]
Paul began playing the piano at the age of 6. At eleven he had a desire to play the pipe organ and as a result began studying the classical organ and composition which continued until his early twenties. Despite his love of music he chose a career in applied science and process engineering nevertheless, continued his love of music as organist and choir master. With the advent of the Hammond organ he became fascinated by a different approach to organ playing which eventually led to a life-long interest in the development of keyboard technology. Since retirement he has renewed his passion for music founding the East Coast Churches and Community Music Festival. He plays Euphonium in the U3A orchestra, key-boards in the Jazz Group, and synthesisers in the Festival Band and still helps out a local village church with organ playing. He is a member of Bridlington Urban Renaissance Town Team, Bridlington & District Local Links Forum, Company Secretary for Christ Church Community Services charity and a Director of Christ Church CIC.
Mr John Beales ACIB [Treasurer]
John is newly retired after a career of 40 years in Banking, the last 10 of which were as a Senior Corporate Manager in the West Midlands. Active in retirement, John is a community school governor at Bempton Primary School. Also he is Chairman of his village community hall, having helped organise the successful application for a lottery grant to build the centre. John is Vice Chairman of Bridlington Rotary Club. Music has always been a relaxation, and for the past couple of years John has been performing live, singing the songs of yesteryear in the guitar and vocal duo, “Midlife Crisis”.
Mark Granton MBA, BA[Hons], MCMI. [Company Secretary]
Mark has enjoyed a wide variety of music, performing art and theatre from an early age. Performing at school as Carrots in “Dr. Barnardo’s” was the start of his love of the performing arts and as a result encourages everyone to follow their passion of the performing arts. Though his son and daughter have pursued a career in the performing arts, Mark became self-employed working in the construction industry. He now works full time at Christ Church Bridlington as the Estates Manager. Following his study for a BA (Hons) in Business Management and IT, he decided to extend his knowledge of Business Administration and has been awarded an MBA at the University of Hull. With studying over he now intends to pursue his love of music by collecting and listening to different music from around the world as Mark and his wife Julie, intend to carry out mission work around the world. As part of his employment Mark is involved with a wide variety of event management projects that embrace the local community including youth groups, cinema, arts festival, music festivals, carol services, international students, African Destiny Choir and model railways. He is a co-opted member of the Parochial Parish Council of Christ Church Bridlington as a consultant.
Dr Anthony Clarke MA, MBBS, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG. [Special Interest Festival Chorus]
Anthony played the piano from the age of 8 and the violin from the age of 11. He was inspired by his school music teacher to sing in the choir and to play in orchestras. He has played violin in the Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra, the Cambridge University Orchestra, All Souls Langham Place Orchestra in London, the Scarborough Orchestra and currently feels privileged to be a member of the first violin section of the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra. He also plays his electric violin at Christ Church Bridlington. Despite never having had a formal lesson in conducting, he enjoyed conducting orchestras and choirs during his university days and has been Musical Director of the Churches Together Choir and Festival Chorus in Bridlington over the past 14 years. He is a local General Medical Practitioner and represents Dr Harris and Partners as a Director of Station Avenue Pharmacy. He is shortly due to become one of the Directors of Brid Inc Ltd, an umbrella organisation linking five Bridlington medical practices, to facilitate both the provision of Healthcare and the Training of healthcare workers within the Bridlington locality. He has taught medicine in Romania on a regular basis over recent years with Partnerships in International Medical Education (PRIME) and hopes to facilitate medical teaching in Cambodia in 2015.
Mr Garth Blackburn GRSM (London), LRAM [Special Interest Music Competition]
Garth hails from Knottingley in West Yorkshire. He was educated locally at Normanton Grammar School. He left Yorkshire in 1966 to study for four years at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was appointed as Music Master at Bridlington School in 1970, later taking on the role of Head of Year. For 30 year he acted as the local representative for the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music examination body. Garth is an accomplished pianist and cello player. He maintains an active interest in classical music visiting London on a regular basis to attended concerts. Garth works behind the scenes to ensure candidates for the East Coast Musician of the Year are relaxed and able to perform to the best of their ability. He has acted as the accompanist for the Churches Together Festival Chorus since the year 2000 as well as playing the organ for village churches.
Mrs Carol E Daniel BA Hons., Cert Ed [Special Interest Communities and Schools]
Carol has been singing all her life- starting with the church choir and moving into amateur operatics from university days. Having then studied with a number of teachers, she went on to perform oratorio, opera and operetta to professional standard. She has also been in a medal winning Barbershop quartet and chorus and served as a national ladies Barbershop judge. However, Carol did not become a professional singer but instead made her career in working for children and young people with physical disabilities as a teacher and then as an adviser on inclusion in mainstream educational settings. Since retiring and moving to Bridlington, she has become a Governor at New Pasture Lane Primary School and conducts the U3A Entertainers Singing for Fun group. She has also taken up learning the oboe and plays for the U3A Orchestra and the Buckrose Concert Band. Along with her husband, Peter, and two friends she sings with the aptly named quartet, Versatility. Carol also serves as Clerk and pianist for Christian Science Society, Scarborough.
Mrs Nicola Anthony BA Hons, QTS [Special Interest Schools and Festival Chorus]
Nicola comes from a very musical family and her personal passion for music was realised when she started playing the flute at the age of 8. She has enjoyed playing in a range or orchestras and wind bands; notably the East Riding Senior Wind band for several years. She also plays the clarinet and ‘dabbles’ on the piano.
Nicola was part of the Bridlington Girls’ Choir for a number of years and has sung as both a soloist and as part of the full choir.
Nicola has contributed to the East Coast Churches and Community Festival since 2000, performing as part of the Churches Together Band playing both flute and clarinet.
She has taught at Our Lady and Saint Peter RC Primary School since 2009, where she is the Music Coordinator. Nicola’s school choir has been part of the CCMF’s Festival of School’s Music Making for the past 6 (?) years. Nicola had also been involved in several Opera North projects over the last few years, particularly the Benjamin Britten ‘Friday Afternoons’ centenary project.
Peter Walker Dip RCM , PGCE [Special Interest Local Authority Music Services]
Peter was born in Stockport. He took up the Trombone at the age of 11. After studying with Peter Leary (trombonist with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra) he went on to study with Arthur Wilson (Philharmonia Orchestra) at the Royal College of Music.
After leaving College, Peter went on to gain his PGCE in Secondary music teaching and taught Brass for both Knowsley and the North Yorkshire music service before joining the East Riding Schools’ Music Service in 1996. Since then Peter has held the posts of Head of Brass & Percussion, Assistant Head and is currently Deputy Head of Service.
In addition to his duties at the music service, which includes overseeing the ensemble and concert provision, Peter finds time to perform with a number of ensembles in and around the East Riding.
Mrs Pat Davison
Pat has been involved in amateur theatre for 45 years appearing in various musicals and concerts throughout that time. Since moving to Bridlington and joining Spotlight Theatre, she have appeared in musicals, concerts and plays. She enjoys acting just as much as singing.
Pat and her husband Ken are members of the Sewerby Methodist Church and represent the Methodist Community of Churches on the Board of Trustees. She is currently a steward, a pastoral visitor and also sings in the Sewerby Methodist Choir. She has a special interest in Amateur Theatre and brings to the Trustee Board that experience in the planning and development of our concerts.
Diana has been singing from the age of 14. She has been involved with the Churches Together choir since 2007. It was at the first musical “Angel Voices” where she met the man who is now her husband. She worships at a Emmanuel Church in Bridlington and is currently training as a Permanent Deacon.
Diana has just completed a Certificate in Theology, Mission and Ministry and also volunteers in many Christian based activities with school children within the East Riding of Yorkshire. Diana supports a charity in Uganda called “Saved On Street” which helps children that live on the street. She is a personal assistant for a young man with Cerebral Palsy.
Her special interest is in deloping Christian Musicals which reach out to non-church people.