DENISE BEYNON - Musical Director

Denise was born in Cardiff.  She read music at the University of Bristol, after which she studied viola, singing and piano at the Welsh College of Music and Drama.  Her first venture into conducting was as a student at Bristol, with the Operatic Society.  Whilst at the Welsh College, she conducted the Cardiff University Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

She then stopped conducting to take up a career as a professional viola player, playing first in Iran then in Germany, returning to Britain as a freelance viola player in London and Scotland.  Denise moved to Manchester to start a career in music teaching.  She also started conducting again, mostly with children and youth orchestras in the North West region.  She became the first female conductor of the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra.  Denise has also conducted two "Last Night of the Proms" with Elizabeth Bainbridge and "La Belle Hélène" at Buxton Opera House.

Denise now enjoys a varied career with both teaching and conducting.  She has formed her own orchestra called Manchester Music Makers.  As well as Gatley Choir, where again she is the first female conductor, she is also the accompanist for Stockport Junior Voices and a voluntary singing coach for Mood Swings choir.

ANDREW DEAN - Accompanist

Andrew was born in Sussex and received his early musical education as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral.   There he studied organ and piano with Nicolas Kynaston.  Later, at Edinburgh University, his teachers included Kenneth Leighton, Peter Williams and Philip Sawyer.

Andrew has spent much of his career in the North West, working as Director of Music at both The Manchester Grammar School and Withington Girls’ School.   Since 2005 he has taught Organ and Academic Music at Chetham’s School of Music and he also teaches at the Junior RNCM.   He held the post of Choral Director at Leeds Metropolitan University for five years and has worked as an ABRSM examiner both in this country and as far away as Singapore and Malaysia. 

Andrew is also busy as an adjudicator, teacher, accompanist and organ soloist.   Organ recital venues have included Westminster Cathedral and Church of the Holy Name, Manchester, as well as concerts in Belgium and Norway.  Several of his past organ pupils currently hold posts as cathedral organists.

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