Daniel Timmins, Musical Director
Daniel is from Stocksbridge and gained a place to study music at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2003. In his first year, he was awarded a scholarship to spend a year studying in New Orleans at Tulane University. After graduation in 2006, he trained to be a secondary school music teacher and continued to study part time to achieve a Masters degree in Education in 2009 from the University of Cambridge. Daniel then worked as a secondary music teacher in the wider London area before gaining promotions as assistant director of sixth form in 2009 at Goffs School, Hertfordshire, becoming director of music in 2010 at Hinchley Wood Music college specialist school and in 2013 director of music at Caterham School, the latter two posts both in Surrey. Daniel moved back to the Sheffield area in 2014 and has been developing music opportunities and offering tuition for voice, piano, clarinet and theory in the local and wider community. He works on the senior leadership team for the Derbyshire and Derby City Music Partnership as leader of music development across the north-west of the county. In addition to leading Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir, he is music director with Thurgoland Community Choir, Fox Valley Voices, Peak District Music Centre Youth Choir and Steel Valley Beacon performing arts.
Francis Wells, Deputy 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 30 years ago. 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. Fran retired as our MD in May, 2018, after 22 years as conductor. In a friendly exchange of roles, he is now deputy musical director to Daniel Timmins, a former music pupil of Fran’s at King Edward’s.
Kim Kaye, Accompanist
Kim (LRAM, GRSM) studied piano, cello, harpsichord and piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and now lives in the Holme Valley working as a freelance musician. As well as teaching piano, flute and music theory, Kim is an accompanist for concerts, festivals and examinations. She is the resident accompanist for Marsh Ladies’ Choir, Holme Valley Youth Choir and Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir as well as directing the Holme Valley Singers and the Kirklees Choir (formerly Huddersfield U3A). Kim also performs piano duets as part of Roka with Jane Robertson and has recently become a Grade examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
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 a music teacher. 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. Lorraine retired in March 2018 after a remarkable period of service of nearly 34 years. She has kindly agreed to stand in for her successor Kim when required.