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History

The choir was formed as the Shepshed Singers in the late 1970s as a community choir at Hind Leys Community College led by music teacher Howard Marriott. This tradition continued through the early 1980s with Norman Peate then Shauna Kelham, Heads of Music at Hind Leys, at the helm. When Shauna left the college, the new music teacher did not want to lead the choir so Andrew Goff who had been the accompanist for some time stepped in as Musical Director.

Under Andrew’s direction the choir grew both in number and ambition. Andrew’s experience and expertise saw the Singers explore some repertoire outside the usual choral spectrum as well as embracing the many wonderful compositions and arrangements by Andrew himself. The choir gained a reputation for performing neglected and unfamiliar music as well as better known and popular pieces, both sacred and secular.

Since the late 1990s the choir has organised biennial overseas tours to Valkenberg, Bruges, Barcelona, Prague, Paris, Amsterdam and Budapest singing in such wonderful venues as the cathedrals of Barcelona, Notre Dame, Chartres and Montserrat Monastery. More recently they also toured around York and were privileged to perform in York Minster. On other occasions the choir has performed at Southwell Minster, Lincoln Cathedral and Lichfield Cathedral.

Andrew left the Shepshed Singers in early 2014 after some 30 years of dedicated music-making for which the members are hugely grateful having been given many wonderful opportunities because of his vision.

Richard West, Head of Music at Loughborough Endowed Schools, conducted the choir from September 2014 to April 2015. Nicholas Scott-Burt was appointed Music Director in September 2015 and the choir became 'Charnwood Voices' in September 2016.