LOCAL VOCALZ

A lively mixed voice choir with groups in Hayle and Falmouth singing a wide range of music to suit all tastes!

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Neil Shepherd

Neil was born at an early age. His one ambition in life was to be a ballet dancer, but Neil was to ballet dancing what King Herod was to child welfare, so after trying his next career choice (a driver for Tonka Toys!) he eventually became a musician.

 

Seriously though, Neil was born in the North of England. He took an interest in music making at an early age. On leaving college, Neil held teaching appointments in Lytham St Annes, Clitheroe, Bristol, Chew Magna and Cirencester. He also undertook a great deal of broadcasting work for the BBC, including having musically directed programmes for BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Three, BBC Radio Four and BBC local radio. He has also directed several editions of BBC 1'S "Songs of Praise".

 

In 2008, Neil relocated to Cornwall and started pursuing a freelance career.  Neil teaches music privately and conducts no less than 9 choirs each week including Local Vocalz, Cornwall Community Choir, Laudate Chamber Choir and Schola Cantorum of Bristol.

 

Neil has a passion for all things organistic and he has spent much of his life as a church organist and music director, including appointments in Lancashire, at St Wilfrid's Church Standish, Cirencester Parish Church, Keynsham Parish Church and until 2015, St Ives Parish Church in Cornwall. He has played and conducted in several cathedrals and abbey's in both the UK and abroad, including conducting a world premiere in Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in July 2002.

 

To let down what little hair he has, Neil is passionate about theatre organs and he has performed in concert on the world famous Mighty Wurlitzer in the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool where he conducted an annual "Christmas at the Tower" show for several years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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