Following a period of instability and declining member numbers we were delighted to appoint David Hendry as our new musical director starting in September 2019.  David has previously been head of Music and Performing Arts at Fowey school and has conducted many musical groups throughout Cornwall.

David currently also conducts Restormel Concert Band

  • David Hendry
    David was born in Sussex and trained at Dartington College of Arts. He
    moved to Cornwall in 1977 to take up a teaching post.
    In July 2011 David retired from full time teaching as Head of the Faculty of
    Expressive Arts at Fowey Community College. He then became Music
    Subject Leader for Cornwall SCITT ( School Centred Initial Teacher
    Training) based at Truro College.
    David retired for the 2nd time in the summer of 2019 and since that time has taken on
    two more new roles. In May he was invited to become the new Chairman of
    the Cornwall Music Festival held each year in Truro Methodist Church and
    now is also the new Conductor of Newquay Choral Society.
    David has conducted many groups since he came to the county. The list
    includes St Mewan Sinfonia, St Dennis Male Voice Choir, The County of
    Cornwall Male Voice Choir on their American Tour, St Austell Choral
    Society, Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra, City of Truro Wind Orchestra and
    still conducts Restormel Concert Band.
    Theatrically he has directed shows for St Blazey and Newquay Amateur
    Operatic Societies as well as founding his own theatre company in 1987
    which staged show at the Coliseum, Carlyon Bay and The Hall for
    In 2006, David was awarded the Treverva Shield for his contribution to
    youth music in Cornwall by the Gorseth Kernow.

    • Rico Gerber, pianist, organist, accompanist,
      teacher and composer, regularly performs in
      Cornwall both as soloist and accompanist to
      vocalists and choirs. His Rituals of Birds was
      performed by the Helston Chamber Choir and the
      Autumn Concerto by the St Mewan Sinfonia in 2014.
      Elizabeth Chivers (contralto) has performed a
      number of his songs on several occasions. He is
      currently learning to play the erhu.