Francis Wells, Musical Director
Fran, until his retirement, was a music teacher at Sheffield’s largest comprehensive school, King Edward VII School. He is well known as a baritone soloist and it was in that role that he began his long association with Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir. His great enthusiasm for choral singing began with his membership of the National Youth Choir. Under Fran, Bolsterstone has won leading competitions including the Pantyfedwen Eisteddfod, the National Male Voice Choir Championships in Rhyl in 1997 where he was also awarded the trophy for best conductor,
the National Championships in 1999, the Llangollen Eisteddfod in 2002 , the Prague International Festival in 2004 and the Bangor International Festival in 2003 and 2008. Fran, who hails from north London, has Yorkshire blood flowing through his southern veins. Both his parents were from the Huddersfield area. His paternal grandfather was Chief Constable of Huddersfield.
Lorraine Pearson, Accompanist
Lorraine graduated from the London College of Music in 1982 where she won the Chopin prize adjudicated by the famous pianist John Lill and also won WS Lloyd Webber awards for performance. She studied advanced performance at the Royal Academy of Music for a further year and then gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Bretton Hall College. She is presently a music teacher with Kirklees Music School. An accomplished soloist and accompanist, Lorraine joined Bolsterstone choir in 1985 after the untimely death of her long-serving predecessor, Jean Taylor. Her flawless performances have been recognised by adjudicators and have proved a big factor in the choir’s competition successes.
Daniel Timmins, Assistant Musical Director
Daniel is from Stocksbridge and was well known in the Sheffield area as a pianist, clarinettist and singer until gaining a place to study music at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2003. He gained a scholarship to spend a year studying at Tulane University in New Orleans with individual tuition in specialist music areas including composition, music analysis and the origins of western notation. On his return, Daniel graduated and qualified as a secondary music teacher and continued to study part-time to achieve a Masters degree in Education in 2009 from the University of Cambridge. After working as a secondary music teacher in the London area he was promoted to senior positions at Goffs School, Hertfordshire, Hinchley Wood School, and Caterham School, both in Surrey. Since 2014 Daniel has moved back to this area and offers tuition in voice, piano, clarinet and theory while working as a an adviser to North Yorkshire Music Service. Apart from Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir, he is involved in other local groups including Fox Valley Voices, Thurgoland Community Choir, Stannington Choir and Steel Valley Beacon Arts.