Director of Music - Ian Crew

Born in Birmingham in 1969, Ian began piano lessons at an early age, and subsequently took up the bassoon, and later the saxophone, flute, recorder, trumpet, trombone, tuba, ukulele and Appalachian dulcimer. He started composing when at secondary school and produced several play scores and an orchestral piece before going on to university. At the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester he studied Composition under Anthony Gilbert, and was commissioned to write a chamber work for Granada Television before further study for his PGCE at Reading.

 

After working as a teacher in a large comprehensive school in Hampshire for several years, he took up freelance work as a composer and educator, and was Composer-in-Residence for several projects in the southeast. Upon moving to Devon, he taught in a variety of schools, either as a classroom teacher or project leader. He now spends his working life as a freelance musician and composer. As an MD and accompanist, he is lucky enough to work with a wide variety of amateur theatre groups and stage schools, and as a composer has just had the score for 'Merlin's Apprentice', a new piece of musical theatre, given at the Brewhouse, Taunton for a four-week run at the end of last year.

Accompanist - Michèle Banting 

 

A Graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, Michèle worked initally in Surrey and latterly in the South West. She has been the accompanist for most of the local Choral and Operatic Societies and plays for singers and instrumentalists in Recitals and informal concerts including the popular Axminster Lunchtime Concerts.

 

She was the accompanist when the All Hallows Choral society became the Seaton Choral Society in the late 1990s and she has continued to work with the Society both in rehearsals and concerts. 

 

 

 

 

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