Who's Who

MUSICAL DIRECTOR  NIGEL PERRIN

Nigel Perrin is an internationally renowned choral musician, much in demand as an inspirational conductor, teacher and director of choral workshops and summer schools. He has been musical director of Bath Bach Choir since 1990 - an incredible 26 years into which he has poured his inimitable mix of musicianship, energy, perfectionism and humour.

Nigel began his musical life as a chorister at Ely Cathedral and won a choral scholarship to Kings College, Cambridge where he studied under Sir David Willcocks. He then became well-known as the high voice of The King’s Singers, recording 25 albums, travelling the world and performing with leading stars of both popular and classical music. Here they are (right) practising some dazzling star-jumps (photo reproduced by kind permission of the present King’s Singers)…

Fortunately for us he did not retire to a yacht in the Bahamas, but took on the musical direction of Bath Bach Choir and, later, of Exeter Festival Chorus. He also started the award-winning chamber choir, Bath Camerata. He teaches at Wells Cathedral Specialist Music School, and directs many prestigious choral workshops, courses and international summer schools.

ACCOMPANIST  MARCUS SEALY

Marcus studied organ and harpsichord at the Royal College of Music, and became a teacher of music and, subsequently, French. He has been Assistant Organist of Bath Abbey since 1974 and given recitals in many cathedrals at home and abroad. Sometimes our concerts get a huge boost from having him give a virtuoso performance. A brilliant pianist too, he works tirelessly as our accompanist, occasionally deputising for Nigel when he brings his wry and dry sense of humour to bear on the serious business of ‘warming up’. Marcus is occasionally described in reviews as being ‘dependable’; but he is far more than that to us. He is essential.