Richard Childress (Music Director)
Richard joined us in June 2017 with a distinguished and varied musical background. Hailing originally from Chicago, Illinois Richard currently resides in Winchester and returns annually to the US in the summer to work with a choral group he established there. His varied background spans choral and orchestral music as well as teaching ‘rock and pop’ in a Winchester college. He is currently a chorister at Winchester Cathedral.
Brian Budden ( Accompanist)
An active and highly dedicated musician for the whole of his career, Brian studied music in Huddersfield, before teaching in secondary schools, accompanying choirs and instrumentalists at Music Festivals and concerts and teaching keyboard for Yamaha Music (UK).
Brian joined us in 2016 initially to assist Paul and has taken the role of lead Accompanist following Paul Wright’s decision to have a lesser involvement. Brian lives in Southampton and is also accompanist with Romsey Male Voice Choir.
Paul Wright (Accompanist Emeritus)
Paul has been a well-known figure in the Basingstoke area for many years, and through his involvement in a formidable range of musical activities has established a considerable reputation as an organist/accompanist, ensuring he is always in great demand.
He joined BMVC as their principal accompanist in 1977 and has been principal organist at St Mary’s Church Old Basing for over 30 years and accompanist to BMVC for slightly less. Paul’s engagements have taken him to many of the South’s great concert halls and cathedrals, including several appearances at the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2001 Paul and his wife Marilyn were presented with a Mayor’s Award for their outstanding contribution to music in Basingstoke and Deane.
In 2017 Paul decided to take a back seat and ‘semi-retire’ from BMVC but still continues to help accompanying at rehearsals and concerts.
The choir is managed by a committee elected from among the choristers. For 2017-18 it is as follows:
Chairman Malcolm Gallani, Secretary Phil Jubin
Treasurer Nick Thompson,
Concert Secretary Nigel Pringle, Music Librarian Colin Boyling
Committee Member Ian Nicholson
The choir rehearses every Tuesday evening at 7:30 at the United Reform Church, London Road, Basingstoke. Rehearsals are assisted by the use of Noteworthy versions of the music which choristers can practice with at home (assuming use of a PC!)
If you would like to join us please contact us via the contact section of this website or come along on a Tuesday evening at the United Reformed Church, London Street, Basingstoke from from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. You would be most welcome!