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Belvoir Wassailers
Director: Robert-John Edwards
Accompanist: Jenny Walker
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In September 2010, the Belvoir Wassailers – the Belvoir Castle's own male voice choir – was reformed at the request of the Duchess. Directed by Robert-John Edwards, the Belvoir Wassailers performed at the castle's annual "Belvoir by Candlelight" celebration in December 2010. The choir is currently working on a variety of new material, including popular, folk and seasonal music.
Stamford-born Robert-John originally trained as a pianist and composer at Middlesex University and had small choral works performed at St Martin's-in-the-Fields church and Lincoln and Winchester Cathedrals. He later trained as a singer, attending the Birmingham Conservatoire as a postgraduate, scoring a distinction and winning the PGDip course prize in 2007. He now studies with Allan Adams in London.

Roles include Don Parmenione (L'occasione fa il ladrò – Rossini) for Opera Minima, Benoit/Alcindoro (La Bohème - Puccini) for Co-Opera Co, Antonio/Bartolo (La Nozze di Figaro - Mozart) for Dorset Productions, Priest/Cadmus/Somnus (Semele – Händel) for Operamus, Ashmodeus (Tobias and the Angel - Dove) for Buxton Festival Opera and the professional chorus of Buxton Festival Opera, Carl Rosa Opera and Stanley Hall Opera.

Robert-John is extremely active as a teacher in Rutland where he lives with his wife, son and a very sprightly Labrador. He runs a male voice choir (The Belvoir Wassailers) and he is very active as a soloist both as a recitalist and with choral societies, performing many Messiahs, Creations and Crucifixions over the past few years.

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The Choir Members
Born in Southampton, Jenny is an accomplished pianist and musician. She has Grade 6 violin, an LGSM diploma in pianoforte performance, an honours degree in Music Arts from UCNW Bangor and a PGCE teaching certificate. Jenny has worked in secondary schools, gives piano lessons, solo performances and accompanies others. Jenny moved to Grantham in 2001 and has an active piano teaching practice.

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Adam Bishop
Paul Bowes
Mick Bradshaw (Librarian)
Peter Branch
Kevin Burrows (Membership)
Andy Clarke
Dermot Daly (Web)
Tom Devine (Promotions)
Paul Emmett
Mark Eurich
Alan Farmilo (Secretary)
Paul Gibbins (Treasurer)
Iain Gillies
Ron King
Peter Knowles
Tim Lavery
Ken Matthews
Steve Mellor
Jonathan Miller
John Morrissey
Dick Neal
Geoff Petchey
Clint Purcocks
Gilbert Ward (Chairman)

Every Tuesday, 19.30 to 21.30 Rehearsal - Knipton Village Hall...

Summer break - July and August