Musical Team

 

 

Graham Burrell, Musical Director

Musical Director

Graham Burrell has been the choir’s musical director for over twenty eight years. He has developed the choir’s capabilities to the extent that in recent years it has won awards at the Eskdale Music Festival in Whitby, high marks at the Mrs. Sunderland competition in Huddersfield town hall, notable appearance at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, and has won several trophies at the Cottingham Music Festival. Graham is also an accomplished pianist and organist.
“I moved to Louth in 1984 from Nottingham, as a music teacher working near Louth, and joined the choir as a 1st bass in January. The musical director, Ray Harniess, was looking for an assistant conductor, and, somehow, within a year I had taken over, with the choir having to put up with me ever since! Despite that we have made progress through the years, and have gained several trophies. It is one of the most rewarding parts of my life, and I enjoy Tuesday evenings and concert performances alike. I have been married for 24 years, and we still live in North Thoresby, where I am the village organist. My interests include gardening, photography, music and travel – I gained my pilots licence many years ago, before vertigo brought an abrupt landing! Despite still teaching in Grimsby, the choir constantly throw up new challenges to keep me young -I wish! It is a privilege to work with such a devoted group of singers, such a talented musical team, and a dynamic committee to push the limits of the choir and its standing within the town.”