Conductor Alan Herbert joined Haydock Male Voice Choir in July 2005. He is only the 8th Conductor in the choir’s history. His long background in male voice music has brought a substantial change in the style and character of the music sang by the choir. He is happy taking the two rehearsals a week, explaining that he gets much pleasure from seeing the choir learning new pieces to be added to the concert repertoire.
Haydock MVC has been led by relatively few, but excellent musicians throughout its
history, both wielding the baton and at the piano keyboard. Alan Herbert is only
the eighth conductor. His predecessor, Gary Hill was without doubt the youngest,
having retired at the age of 42 (!) after 12 years service as conductor. We are not
sure how many accompanists have accompanied our performances but Mary Davies, Ruth’s
predecessor had held the post for at least 13 years.
The retirement of both Gary and Mary marked the start of a new era, when for the
first time we entered the world of professional musicians. A synopsis of our current
musicians’ careers appear below. Click on job title for a detailed review.
Ruth Webb (nee Hollick) joined HMVC in 2006 when long standing accompanist Mary Davies
retired. Ruth has been a musician for her whole life beginning to play piano at the
age of five years. She is a superb pianist who is faultless however complex the pieces.
She is also a very keen “Brass Band “ musician playing Euphonium in the Eccles Town
Band as well as, it would appear, any other brass instrument handed to her!
Jenny Durbin is the newest member of our professional music team having joined us
in 2008. Like Ruth she is a superb pianist and while her principal role is to accompany
rehearsals on a Friday evening, she is more than willing to take over as Accompanist
at concerts when Ruth is not available.
At our Annual Carol Concert in 2010, we were treated to one of Jenny’s hidden talents
- she is a talented violinist. We have since learned that she also plays the cello