Musical Director & Accompanists

Musical Director

Cath Shaw

Cath grew up in Cheshire, and was a keen musician from an early age.  She went on to read music at Balliol College, Oxford, before returning to the North West to train as a teacher.  After 18 years working in primary schools, specialising in music and working with young people with complex learning difficulties, she now works as a special educational needs advisor. Cath has been conducting choirs for twenty years, and has worked with groups of all ages, from school choirs to community choirs, choral societies, chamber choirs and Cathedral choirs.  She also performs as an alto soloist.  When not singing or conducting, Cath is kept fully occupied by her small pack of rescued greyhounds and whippets.

Accompanists

Ken Fayle

Ken is an experienced choral conductor based in Cheshire.

He has conducted several choirs locally, including Frodsham and District Choral Society and the Rivendell Singers, and currently runs the chamber choir, Cantoris, and the Frodsham Chorus with Cath Shaw.

Ken was trained by the Association of British Choral Directors and is a member of their Advisory Council.  He was recently appointed Organist and Director of Music at St Andrew’s, Tarvin.  A keen singer, Ken has sung tenor with Chester Cathedral choir and many other choirs over the years.

Ken was born in Chester and lives in Norley with his wife, Kira, and has four sons – all musicians.  He is a software sales manager with IBM.

 

David Fayle

A veteran of three touring choirs and more than a dozen musical ensembles, David has been actively performing for ten vibrant years, alternating between the piano and the microphone.

Following an initial education in the Chester Cathedral Choir and the Hallé Youth Choir, he read for a Vocal and Choral Studies degree at the University of Winchester, frequently collaborating with local groups such as the Waynflete Singers and the Southampton Sinfonietta, as well as those further afield (the furthers being the Domenico Cimarosa conservatoire of Avellino), finally graduating with an Upper Second Class Honours.

David currently divides his time between playing for the Bunbury Singers and Highfield Male Voice Choir, conducting services at St. Laurence’s Church in Frodsham and teaching at a number of primary schools in the borough.