Who We Are

Committee Members

Steve Hulbert
Chair

Steve Hulbert
Steve joined Sitwells in 2018 after moving back fo Derbyshire following a 33 year sojourn in the south. His interest in singing started as a child when he sang in the church choir at Frecheville in Sheffield. Later he sang at the Schools Proms in London and also at Winchester and Coventry Cathedrals whilst in a choir in Hampshire. He has also sung in musical theatre groups and he is very happy to have joined a choir that now provides a good mix of sacred and secular repertoire.

Rachel Reid
Concert Secretary

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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.

Richard Miller
Members’ Secretary

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Richard is our Members’ Secretary. Now retired from the law, Richard started his music in church choirs and then at university, later spending many years treading the amateur musical theatre boards, initially in East Yorkshire and subsequently in Derbyshire, having moved south in 1995. He now loves singing with this excellent chamber choir. Beyond singing, he enjoys photography and playing piano and guitar.

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Conductor

DexterDexter Drown

Dexter Drown has been praised for his performances of passion, confidence, and flair. Having graduated with a first-class degree in Music from the University of Manchester – and as the winner of the Hargreaves Prize for Dissertation, for his work on the Operas of Handel – Dexter is now studying for a Master’s in Conducting at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

In addition to his work with the Sitwell Singers, Dexter is currently the Assistant Conductor of The Sinfonia Stellaris (formerly the Kidderminster Festival Orchestra), Conductor of the – award winning – Canzonetta, Conductor of the East Oxford Community Choir and Orchestra, and, this year, has joined the conducting staff of the Chester Choral Week.

Dexter’s total investment in the music he is conducting has been widely recognised. He has won the Abingdon Music Festival Conducting Competition, the NODA Best Musical Award, the OMEP Young Music Leader of the Year, and reached the semi-final of the National association of Brass Band Conductors Competition.

This season, Dexter has worked extensively as Chorus Master for conductors including Karl Jenkins, Toby Purser, and George Jackson in Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Usher Hall, York Barbican, and St David’s Hall; he has taken part in masterclasses with Kazuki Yamada and Paul Murphy; and he has been an assistant conductor to Ben Palmer, Michael Seal, Fraser Golding, and Paul Wingfield – and assistant conductor on a recording, for the BBC, of the music of Michael Wolters.

Deputy Conductor

David HenshawDavid Henshaw

David enjoys conducting and singing, both in choirs and as a soloist. He conducts Derby Hospitals Choir, is Show Musical Director for Melbourne Operatic Society and Organist & Choirmaster at St. Peter’s Church, Chellaston. He has sung many operatic and Gilbert and Sullivan rôles and also sings with the Loughborough-based groups Concorde and operaHouse.
His second hobby is mending things.