Conductors and Music Directors

 

Colin Hughes – Music Director and Conductor

Colin trained at Trinity College of Music, London, where he studied the violin. Whilst there, he was awarded scholarships for both piano and organ, and it washere that his interest in accompanying developed. He has performed in major venues including the Albert Hall, the Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Glyndebourne. He grew up in North London and held positions as Choirmaster and Organist at a number of churches, as well as playing in orchestras and chamber societies, giving solo recitals, conducting choral societies and drumming for a rock band.

Since moving to Eastbourne, Colin has become well known and respected as a teacher, accompanist and performer.

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Over the years, the Society has enjoyed working with numerous gifted Music Directors. Records for the Society’s early years are largely missing; information from the 1950s on is more comprehensive.

F S Stammers: during 1930s
Montague Wheeler: 1951-1955
Michael Lane: 1957 – 1967; then made President
Stanford Robinson: 1960
Adrian Boult: 1961
Cecil Cope: 1962
Myer Friedman: 1962, 1967
Nancy Plummer: 1964
Dr Paul Steinitz: 1965, 1966, 1968
Margaret Darwall-Smith: 1965 – 1977, 1982
Cecil Coram: 1968 – 1970
Ronald Sampson: 1969
Hervey Alan: 1970
Peter Gellhorn: 1971
Anthony Hopkins: 1972
Yuval Zaliouk: 1973
Brian Richards: 1977 – 1981
Leone Ratner: 1981
Gordon Lawson: 1982 – 1988, 1991, 1994 – 1997
Graham Jones: 1988
Charles Spanner: 1988 – 1990
Mavis (Paddy) Lister: 1990 – 1994
Michael Downes: 1996
John Underhill: 1997 – 2008
Sion Parry: 2008 – 2014
Anna Tabor: 2014 – 2017
Colin ¬†Hughes ¬†2018 –