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Principal Conductor and Accompanist
Peter Stallworthy
Peter Stallworthy

Peter Stallworthy was appointed Principal Conductor & Chorus Director from the start of the 2020-21 season in succession to Greg Smith.  

 

Peter studied piano from the age of seven, and some six years later was a prize winner in the National Chopin Competition in London.  He studied Music at King’s College, London with Thurston Dart and subsequently piano with Ryszard Bakst at the Royal the Royal Manchester College of Music, where he was awarded the Ricordi prize for conducting.

 

Founder conductor of the Manchester Sinfonia, Peter participated in a number of conducting seminars with Sir Charles Groves, George Hurst and Maurice Handford, who he succeeded as principal conductor of the Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra before moving to London to take up a marketing position with CBS Records, now Sony Classical.

 

Over the last thirty or so years, he has established a reputation as a versatile conductor of both orchestras and choirs across the North of England.  For many years he was Conductor of the Barnby Choir in Wilmslow and gave many concerts as Guest Conductor with both Stockport Symphony Orchestra and Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra.  He and his wife Hilary formed Cheshire Chorale and Cheshire Sinfonia some twelve years ago and since then performances of both choir and orchestra have received considerable acclaim.  Now based in Wensleydale, Peter is also conductor of the Richmondshire Choral Society and the Swale Singers.

 

Caroline HodgsonCaroline Hodgson

Caroline Hodgson is the Accompanist to the Chorus.

Caroline was educated at Aylesbury High School for girls in Buckinghamshire and at Durham University, where she gained an honours degree in Music.  She is organist at St. Mark’s Church, Darlington, and has given recitals in Ushaw College (Durham), Darlington, Barnard Castle, Morpeth and Weston Turville (Buckinghamshire).   She acts as accompanist to musicians in exams and concerts, and particularly enjoys working with singers. Caroline also runs the Richardson Singers Ladies’ Choir in Darlington. 

When not busy at a keyboard, Caroline is a keen promoter of the Campaign for Real Ale, of which she is a long-standing member.

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