Musical Director

Maggie Heal

I joined River City Chorus as a Bass in 2008 having got bored with singing in a traditional choir! Barbershop was a new challenge and I quickly came to enjoy the style of music, and singing other styles of song A Capella. As you can see from how long I've stayed with the choir I love the style of music, and the other passionate singers in the group.

After a long time singing the Bass (the lowest part), I changed to the Tenor (the highest part), and the later to Lead! Although having avoided Bari, this gave me a great understanding of all the sections, and how they all fit together. I also sang in a quartet called ExeStream for a while. Rather like my hockey playing, always the utility player!

After being deputy assistant MD for I while I suddenly found I was thrown in the deep end when our MD went off to Australia for three months, and the Assistant MD broke her leg! Given this chance was terrifying but a lot of fun and I wanted to do more. I became the official Assistant MD two years ago, and regularly directed the chorus when the MD was unavailable. When our previous MD stepped down in Summer 2021 I was delighted to be given the chance to lead the choir. I have lots of ideas on how we can improve as a chorus, and since lockdown ended, it has been great to finally get a chance to put some plans into action. We are doing more new songs and having lots of fun.

Having learnt piano as a
a child, I revived this long lost skill for a 50th birthday challenge, and learnt to play Widor's Toccata on the organ which I then later got a chance to play on Salisbury Cathedral organ (9:00 am so only the cleaners were listening!) In my spare time I am still playing the piano, umpiring (and occasionally playing) hockey, and looking after rescue dogs.

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