We are delighted that Leslie Baker is returning as Director of Music from September 2018.
Leslie trained as a Quirister at Winchester College and as a Choral Scholar at Cambridge where he gained a Music degree. He taught music at Felsted School in Essex and at Colyton Grammar School in Devon. He has also had many woodwind and singing pupils and spent some years as a peripatetic teacher in East Devon. As an opera singer he has sung with companies in Essex and Devon taking leading tenor roles in works by Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Bizet, Lehar, Britten, Sullivan and others. He has an extensive oratorio repertoire and regularly performs with many choirs and choral societies in the South West. He also gives concerts and recitals both singing and playing the clarinet and has conducted several local choral and dramatic societies. He has recently retired from teaching and now concentrates on performing and conducting.
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.