Musical Team

Choral Director
Robert T. Elliott

Rob grew up in South Wales as part of a musical family. He conducted the Massed Male Choirs at the Welsh National Eisteddfod at the age of only 21, and the English National Symphony Orchestra at the Wiltshire Music Festival in 1999. Rob is a former Trombonist of the Band of the 3rd Battalion Royal Regiment of Wales, and former Musical Director of four Male Choirs in England and Wales.

He was Founder and Musical Director of Britain’s most successful Male Choir of the 21st Century – Wessex Male Choir, with whom he developed on to win over 20 prizes in Competition over his 12 year tenure, until his retirement in 2013.

He has adjudicated at many festivals and competitions, including The National Choral Festival in Ireland, Isle of Man Festival of Choirs, in Northern Ireland, The Cornwall International Male Choral Competition, The North Wales Choral Festival, Barnardo’s National School Choir Competition at The Barbican, and Royal Festival Hall in London, and the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Rob is currently Festival Director of the World’s largest Male Choir Festival (over 60 Male Choirs taking part this year!), which is held in Cornwall, and also continues to expand on his choral workshops, adjudicating and Choir coaching roles.

Outside of music, he is a keen weekend Cyclist, Tennis player and enjoys the odd frame of Snooker!

Rob is delighted to take on the mantle of Musical Director of Basingstoke Ladies Choir and is relishing the prospect of working with the choir on its next exciting stage of development.


Accompanist
Jonathan Hedgecock

Jonathan is invaluable to the Ladies Choir as a talented music arranger and accompanist. He joined the Choir in December 1982 and over the years has arranged a number of popular pieces. He was born and brought up in Basingstoke and started piano lessons at the age of six, continuing for twelve further years. Jonathan works in the paper making industry and likes to spend as much of his time as possible with his wife and young son.