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 HendryDavid was born in Sussex and trained at Dartington College of Arts. Hemoved to Cornwall in 1977 to take up a teaching post.In July 2011 David retired from full time teaching as Head of the Faculty ofExpressive Arts at Fowey Community College. He then became MusicSubject Leader for Cornwall SCITT ( School Centred Initial TeacherTraining) based at Truro College.David retired for the 2nd time in the summer of 2019 and since that time has taken ontwo more new roles. In May he was invited to become the new Chairman ofthe Cornwall Music Festival held each year in Truro Methodist Church andnow is also the new Conductor of Newquay Choral Society.David has conducted many groups since he came to the county. The listincludes St Mewan Sinfonia, St Dennis Male Voice Choir, The County ofCornwall Male Voice Choir on their American Tour, St Austell ChoralSociety, Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra, City of Truro Wind Orchestra andstill conducts Restormel Concert Band.Theatrically he has directed shows for St Blazey and Newquay AmateurOperatic Societies as well as founding his own theatre company in 1987which staged show at the Coliseum, Carlyon Bay and The Hall forCornwall.In 2006, David was awarded the Treverva Shield for his contribution toyouth music in Cornwall by the Gorseth Kernow.
Rico Gerber, pianist, organist, accompanist,teacher and composer, regularly performs inCornwall both as soloist and accompanist tovocalists and choirs. His Rituals of Birds wasperformed by the Helston Chamber Choir and theAutumn Concerto by the St Mewan Sinfonia in 2014.Elizabeth Chivers (contralto) has performed anumber of his songs on several occasions. He iscurrently learning to play the erhu.