Helensburgh Dorian Choir

Who's Who?

The Choir is run by a management committee elected annually and chaired by a president. The Choir on the advice of the committee appoints a conductor, and the committee, on the advice of the conductor, appoints a pianist for rehearsal and accompaniment.

The Committee

Jenny Trust (alto) - President
Phyllis Fullarton (alto) - Vice President
Pat Robertson (alto) - Secretary
Geraldine Duffy (sop) -Treasurer
Glenda Caldwell (sop) - Social Secretary
Alastair Begg (bass) - Librarian
Phyllis Pearce (sop) - Soprano Representative
Lynn Henderson (alto) - Alto Representative
Ron Fletcher (bass) - Men's Representative

Matthew Todd - Conductor

Matthew Todd Matthew became our Conductor in January 2013.

He trained at Stevenson College, Edinburgh where he was awarded a Higher National Diploma in Music Performance and the distinction of 'Best Advanced Music Student' of his year. In 2008, he was accepted to the Vocal Studies course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he gained experience of a wide range of repertoire, before graduating with honours in 2012.

He was selected for the Association of British Choral Directors Young Conductors Programme in summer 2010 and was Choir Training Scholar of St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow, for one year. He is a Choral Scholar at Paisley Abbey where he assists with the choristers from time to time.

Matthew is a classically trained tenor but has experience in many styles of music ranging from Rock to Opera. You may have heard him sing the solo tenor part of 'O Holy Night' (Adam & Dwight - Arr. West) at our Christmas concert in 2012 to the delight of our audience.

His opera roles include The Sorcerer from 'Dido and Aeneas' (Purcell), the Young Grenadier in the Conservatoire's acclaimed production of 'War and Peace' (Prokofiev) and, most recently, Brother Elixer from 'Betrothal in a Monastery' by the same composer. He also sang the role of Gerontius in Elgar's 'Dream of Gerontius' for Arts in Autumn 2012. Matthew has also premiered several modern composition including 'The Hound of Heaven' (Ewing, 2010) and 'Tidemarks' (Parry-John, 2012).

Matthew has been composing music, writing songs and choral compositions over a number of years and has won several awards in UK Songwriting Contests. Some of his choral compositions were performed by the Spirit of Life Youth Choir (now the Academy of Sacred Music), most notably 'Jubilate', which was performed for an Epiphany Trust convention in the House of Lords. His Choral Drama 'Such is the Kingdom' was performed in Glasgow Cathedral with the Bannerman Learning Community as part of a major collaborative project in January 2013.

Matthew is passionate about Community Music. He has worked for several projects in Glasgow, including music sessions for adults with Additional Support Needs for 'Hear my Music', and running sessions for teenagers and children for 'Givin' it Laldie'. In the first two weeks of July 2012 he provided a music programme in Lugoj Orphanage, Romania, a centre for abandoned or disabled children and adults.

Matthew is author of 'For the King', a historical children's novel published by Lux Ventus.

Jane Hepworth - Accompanist

Jane Hepworth
Jane is a gifted pianist. She has played for the Choir as rehearsal, accompanying and solo pianist for the past 10 years. She teaches piano and singing in Helensburgh. She was born in Wolverhampton, and gained a Bmus (Hons) from the University College of Wales. She is an Associate of the London School of Music.