Carlton Male Voice Choir is so fortunate to be able to call upon the services of a team of dedicated and talented musicians who work tirelessly to bring the best out of the Choir.

At the helm is Ian Watts, our Musical Director.  Ian took up this role in September 2016 following the retirement of Terry Moore.  Ian has a varied musical background which includes performing as part of The Kinx tribute band, being an accomplished organist and starting life as a chorister at Radcliffe on Trent church at the tender age of 7.  Ian is also MD of Linby cum Papplewick churches and formed the mixed choir ‘Laudamus’ to perform at various church events across the year.  Ian though is no stranger to Male Voice Choirs as his father was a founding member of Radcliffe on Trent Male Voice Choir.  Under his leadership the choir has been rejuvenated and has met the many challenges set by Ian.  Like his predecessor Ian works tirelessly outside the Choir rehearsal nights to develop the choir’s repertoire, organising learning CDs and planning the learning schedule to highlight just a few.  Ian has brought a new style of learning with multitrack sung versions of the songs from the repertoire.  Under Ian’s expert guidance the choir is looking to become even more professional and confident in its performances.

One thing that will not concern Ian is the calibre of the accompaniment on stage. Carlton followers will know about the quality of Roger Holland‘s playing, which was highly praised by one of the world’s finest opera singers, Rebecca Evans, after he accompanied her at the Royal Concert Hall in 2008. Roger is in his second spell with Carlton, having first played for the Choir between 1984 and 1991, before returning in July 2001. He was born in Nottingham and brought up and educated in Carlton itself, prior to moving on to study and graduate at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Now a resident of Mansfield and recently retired as a primary school teacher, Roger is very experienced as an accompanist, having worked with choirs, chamber groups, vocal and instrumental soloists. As a piano soloist, he has made recordings for local and national BBC radio and features on the choir’s latest CD playing a duet with Isata Kanneh-Mason.  Roger is also the choir’s Assistant Musical Director, a role for which he is well qualified with his experience in conducting male voice choirs.  Roger takes an active and important role within rehearsal nights both conducting and accompanying the choir which truly reflects the team approach found at Carlton MVC.

Another accomplished pianist is found in John Sellers who is the choir’s Deputy Accompanist.  John studied at Huddersfield school of music, the Royal Northern College of Music and then went on to study in Paris at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. He was Accompanist from 1991 to 1999 and returned in 2003 as Deputy Accompanist.  A very accomplished musician, John brings his own flamboyant style and soloist expertise.

The newest recruit to the team of accompanists is Anne Hall.  Primarily Anne accompanies the choir at split rehearsals during the busy build up to the choir’s festival concert in April, but Anne is also on call to ensure that the choir has someone to accompany them either at a rehearsal or a performance.

Carlton Male Voice Choir is greatly indebted for the work that our music team put in and we hope our performances do full justice to their efforts.

Ian Watts - Musical Director & Roger Holland Assistant MD and Accompanist

John Sellers

Anne Hall

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