About Us

BASLOW CHOIR was established in 1971 and currently has over 60 members. In addition to performing at least three concerts a year, the choir presents additional concerts in support of charitable events in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. The Choir sings a wide range of music, from serious choral works to more light-hearted offerings. Baslow Choir also specialises in exploring the lesser-known parts of the choral repertoire.

ANDREW MARPLES - Our Director


After graduating from the University of Reading and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Andrew took up a successful and varied career. He was appointed to Baslow Choir in 2008. His other societies and groups include: Chesterfield Gilbert & Sullivan Society, MusicWork Vocal Ensemble and Chesterfield G&S Youth Academy. He recently retired from Chesterfield Co-operative Choral Society after 20 years service. Andrew performed over 50 concerts last year as either pianist, conductor or singer. He is a keen concert promoter and organises two popular lunchtime concert series in Chesterfield. He has conducted many concert works with orchestra including: Gloria (Vivaldi); Gloria (Poulenc); Come ye sons of Art (Purcell); Coronation Anthems & Messiah (Handel); Mass in C (Beethoven), 5 Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams), Crucifixion (Stainer) and Requiem (Fauré). He was a songman at Sheffield Cathedral Choir for 6 years and toured with them to Holland, France and the USA and has recorded 6 CDs and made two live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. In his leisure time Andrew can be found cheering on his beloved Chesterfield F.C. at the Proact Stadium!



CAROL REID - Our Accompanist

After studying music at Manchester University, Carol spent many years working as an IT manager in the Pharmaceutical industry, retaining music as a source of pleasure and relaxation. She plays regularly at Whaley Bridge Uniting Church and has accompanied a number of choirs, including the Chapel-en-le-Frith Male Voice Choir for several years in the 1990s. Carol particularly enjoys playing with and in support of other musicians, whether they are singers or instrumentalists. She is the accompanist for the local choirs in both Hathersage and Baslow, and since retiring earlier this year is enjoying the challenge of taking on more individual accompanying assignments.







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