Biographies

The Thomas Weelkes Singers conducted by Christopher Tolley

The members of the Thomas Weelkes Singers are drawn by invitation from across Hampshire and further afield.  They meet occasionally to rehearse intensively and their concerts are usually given in aid of local charities.  They are renowned for the quality of their singing and musicianship.

The conductor of the Thomas Weelkes Singers is Christopher Tolley, formerly Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College. This position is a link to Thomas Weelkes, who was an English composer and organist of Winchester College (1598} before moving on to Chichester.

Christopher’s note accompanying the programme details says ‘As the concert falls shortly after Ash Wednesday, [it includes] some pieces suitable for Lent but there will be cheerful music too’.

Lester Simpson and Nigel Corbett

Songs in the Quay of Sea

Lester Simpson and Nigel Corbett present a performance of nautical songs and music accompanied on a variety of instruments, plucked, squeezed and strummed.

Lester, as a Bosun working on Tall Ships with the Sail Training Association, has written many songs and tunes inspired by frequent trips to sea.

Nigel, whilst classically trained, has spent many years ignoring all he was taught.

His musical collaboration with Lester began in 2000 and they have continued to perform together ever since on many projects.