Tim Pithers - Musical Director

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 Tim began conducting in his teens and went on to read Music and French at the University of Exeter.
He studied violin with Mary Eade, composition with Joe Duddell and specialised in musical direction with Ian Mitchell.
Recently, Tim has studied with Denise Ham, Dominic Grier and Rodolfo Saglimbeni at the George Hust course at Sherborne and at the Girton Conducting course.

Subsequent to his graduation with a double first-class degree, he has conducted a  wide variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. He particularly enjoys working with ensembles of varying degrees of experience and is 

a firm believer that classical music should be made as accessible as possible to both performers and the wider audience.

 

In addition to the Dunsford Singers, Tim is currently Musical Director of the Exeter University Symphony              Orchestra and symphonic wind Wind Orchestra and Dartmouth Orchestra. He also founded Orchestra+, the South West’s first LGBT symphony orchestra and EX4 Chamber Orchestra. Tim was recently invited to guest conduct the Mid-Somerset Orchestra in November 2017.

Recent symphonic podium highlights have included Beethoven’s 2nd, 5th and 6th symphonies, Sibelius’              2nd and 5th symphonies and concertante works by Krommer, Rachmaninoff, Weber, Chopin and Bruch.              Recent choral conducting highlights have included performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G,          Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis and Rutter’s Requiem. 

A quote from Tim's Linkedin page on his work with us:

'A community choir based on the fringes of Dartmoor. Since my appointment to this position, I have aimed to broaden the singers’ approach to the repertoire by performing repertoire from across the spectrum. I have specifically worked on the vocal challenges of singing in different languages in the same programme of music. Recent concerts have featured works by Fauré, Vaughan-Williams, Lauridsen, Rutter and

Vivaldi.  The next season sees us performing a selection from the Oxford Book of European

Sacred Music, a medley from the film “Mamma Mia”, Africa by Toto and other pieces in Chudleigh

and Dunsford in 2019'.

We are delighted that Tim has been the Dunsford Singers' Musical Director since January
2017. During this time the choir has tackled a diverse programme of classical and modern
works. Tim's great sense of humour and unfailing support for the choir help to make all our
rehearsals enjoyable and stimulating.

Our accompanist is Carol Galton


Carol has lived and worked in Devon for the past 35 years. She was born in South Africa where she completed a Masters in Philosophy before coming to the UK to continue as a postgraduate student. At the same time she continued piano and cello studies and received a teaching diploma from the Royal College of Music. She then spent 20 years as a primary schoolteacher in Exeter where in her role as music co-ordinator she was involved with children’s music making at all levels. She now teaches piano and cello, and accompanies instrumentalists and singers, alongside performing.  She divides her spare time between vegetable growing and playing chamber music with local musicians. She also plays cello in the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

 

Why not join us?

 

 

We are a friendly and welcoming choir incorporating a wide range of age and abilities. Membership is open to everyone with an interest in choral singing. New members are always welcome but if you are a tenor or bass, we would be particularly pleased to see you. We are a non-auditioned choir but we do expect regular attendance at rehearsals. So do come along to one or two rehearsals at the start of the term to try us out.

Our members are mainly drawn from The Teign Valley near Exeter and the surrounding parishes.  There are currently around fifty members and our repertoire runs from the baroque and classical periods to the present day.  We perform two programmes a year, presenting each twice in different venues, one programme in June and one in December - our Christmassy, 'Sing Noel' winter concert.

The choir was formed over a quarter of a century ago, out of a W.I. initiative. Over the years the Dunsford Singers have become an established part of life in the village. We try to create concerts of high repute, offering a wide and varied repertoire. Where possible we like to offer our own talented singers the chance to perform a solo or two. It comes as no surprise that singing in now officially recognised as an important health benefit! It improves your heart rate , helps your lung capacity and releases feel-good endorphins. It makes you think about

posture; helps to build confidence and self-esteem, even helping you sleep more soundly!

To contact our secretary, Jan Middleton, please use the Contact Form at the foot of the Home Page.