Who We Are

Committee Members

Gina Coventry
Chair

Gina Coventry Sitwell Singers
As chair of our committee, Gina tries to keep some semblance of order over proceedings. As well as singing at every and any opportunity, Gina can typically be found either analysing components for jet engines or taking her house to pieces.

Rachel Reid
Concert Secretary

Rachel Reid sitwell singers
Rachel is our concert secretary. She is the main point of contact for the choir’s concert advertising, and the driving force behind concert organisation. As a town planner, Rachel was born to organise, and chooses to relax by running and singing in her spare time, sometimes at the same time.

Peter Smith
Members’ Secretary

Peter smith sitwell singers
Peter is our members’ secretary, handling meeting agendas and keeping us all well informed in rehearsals. A retired teacher of Computing and IT, Peter spent thirteen years singing with Northern Sinfonia Chorus before moving to Adhbourne in 2018. In a previous life he was a counter-tenor in Derby Cathedral choir during the 1970s.

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Our Conductor

malcolm goldringMalcolm Goldring has conducted the choir since January 2008.

Malcolm studied the oboe at the Royal College of Music before continuing postgraduate studies at the Universities of Durham and Nottingham. His career has been rich and varied: teaching and lecturing in schools and colleges, Music Inspector for the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, Assistant Principal at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and currently an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Malcolm is also in demand as an adjudicator at home and abroad – in recent years he has represented the UK at competitions in Germany, Catalonia, Slovenia, France and Flanders.

In 1990 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship and as a result toured the United States and Canada studying the development of youth and children’s choirs. On his return he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His work to support young people singing has been rewarded with an Honorary RSCM (Royal School of Church Music).

Malcolm is Conductor and Musical Director of the Midland Festival Chorus and, until 2014, was Musical Director of the Guernsey Choral Workshop for over twenty years. He is frequently engaged as a guest choral and orchestral conductor both at home and abroad; he has conducted the closing concerts at two triennial Europa Cantat festivals in Austria and France.

In September 2014 he conducted a major concert in London’s Royal Albert Hall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. A choir of 700 was joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra. The concert received a standing ovation.

Along with Karl Jenkins, John Rutter and Bob Chilcott, Malcolm is Patron of the Salisbury Community Choir.

Deputy Conductor

David HenshawDavid Henshaw

David enjoys singing as a contrast to his daytime job as an engineer. In addition to many years with the Sitwell Singers, he sings with the Loughborough-based groups operaHouse and Concorde and in his remaining free time he is Show Musical Director for Melbourne Operatic Society, Musical Director of Derby Hospitals Choir and Organist & Choirmaster at St. Peter’s Church, Chellaston.