Tim Pithers - Musical Director
He studied violin with Mary Eade, composition with Joe Duddell and specialised in musical direction with Ian Mitchell.Tim began conducting in his teens and went on to read Music and French at the University of Exeter.
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 , Dartmouth Orchestra, Chagford Singers, Orchestra+, the South West’s first LGBT symphony orchestra and EX4 Chamber Orchestra, which he founded in August 2015. 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 appointment to this position, I have aimed to broaden the singers’ approach to 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, medley from the film “Mamma Mia”, Africa by Toto and other pieces in Chudleigh
and Dunsford in 2019.
Our new accompanist is Leonie Anderson
Leonie began accompanying choirs in junior school. In secondary school, this gave her the opportunity to work alongside some excellent conductors and composers, including John Gardner and Herbert Howells. At the University of Bristol, she acted as repetiteur to the operatic society as well as playing for degree recitals. Whilst a postgraduate viola scholar at Guildhall, she was employed as a piano accompanist for both singers and instrumentalists in lessons, masterclasses, concerts and competitions. Since then, she has been lucky enough to combine a successful career as a freelance viola player and teacher with regular work accompanying both students and professionals.
Since moving, in 2018, from London to Barkham, with its own performance venue on the western edge of Exmoor, she has taken on the directorship of the Just Sing community choir in South Molton and is delighted also to be working with the Dunsford Singers.
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!