David Grierson (Accompanist)
David is a graduate of both Exeter and London University. He was, for many years,
Head of Music and Drama at Shaftesbury School as well as being a part-time OFSTED
inspector. Following a lengthy tour of duty in China, where he taught in both international
and Chinese schools, he returned to North Dorset in 2009. David is well known as an
accompanist, conductor, musical director, writer and occasional speaker; his exploits
whilst overseas were serialised in the Blackmore Vale Magazine, winning him an
enthusiastic following! David founded and leads the Shaftesbury Community Choir
and is a member of the Phoenix Café Orchestra and of the sax ensemble Saxophony.
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Geoff Allan - Choir Director
Geoff graduated from Royal Holloway College, London University with a degree in
Physics. However he probably spent more time in the Music department as a tenor
in the Chapel Choir, Savoy Opera Society and various orchestras as a Violist. Later
he also played Double Bass in the Mid Somerset Orchestra and various Jazz
He has continued his choral interests in Somerset and Dorset over the last 40 years
as Decani Alto in Sherborne Abbey Choir and as soloist, occasional MD and Director
for Milborne Port Opera and MD of Myllburne Camerata.
He has sung with many other choirs in the South West.He is a published choral
composer and made a living before retirement as a Software and Systems Architect.