Mr Paul Lowe CChem, FRSC, FCIWEM, MCMI, CWEM. [Chair and Founder], Citizen of Honour 2019 – Awarded by Bridlington Town Council for services to the East Coast CC Music Festival.
Paul began playing the piano at the age of 6. At eleven he had a desire to play the pipe organ and as a result began studying the classical organ and composition which continued until his early twenties. Despite his love of music he chose a career in applied science and process engineering nevertheless, continued his love of music as organist and choir master. With the advent of the Hammond organ he became fascinated by a different approach to organ playing which eventually led to a life-long interest in the development of keyboard technology. Since retirement he has renewed his passion for music founding the East Coast Churches and Community Music Festival. He plays Euphonium in the U3A orchestra, key-boards in the Jazz Group, and synthesisers in the Festival Band and still helps out a local village church with organ playing. In April 2019 he received the Citizen of Honour Award in recognition for his services in founding and promoting music opportunities in the community.
Mr John Beales ACIB [Treasurer]
John is newly retired after a career of 40 years in Banking, the last 10 of which were as a Senior Corporate Manager in the West Midlands. Active in retirement, John is a community school governor at Bempton Primary School. Also he is Chairman of his village community hall, having helped organise the successful application for a lottery grant to build the centre. John is Vice Chairman of Bridlington Rotary Club. Music has always been a relaxation, and for the past couple of years John has been performing live, singing the songs of yesteryear in the guitar and vocal duo, “Midlife Crisis”.
Mark Granton MBA, BA[Hons], MCMI.
Mark has enjoyed a wide variety of music, performing art and theatre from an early age. Performing at school as Carrots in “Dr. Barnardo’s” was the start of his love of the performing arts and as a result encourages everyone to follow their passion of the performing arts. Though his son and daughter have pursued a career in the performing arts, Mark became self-employed working in the construction industry. Following his study for a BA (Hons) in Business Management and IT, he decided to extend his knowledge of Business Administration and has been awarded an MBA at the University of Hull. With studying over he now intends to pursue his love of music by collecting and listening to different music from around the world as Mark and his wife Julie, intend to carry out mission work around the world. Mark is involved with a wide variety of event management projects that embrace the local community including youth groups, cinema, arts festival, music festivals, carol services, international students, African Destiny Choir and model railways.
Dr Anthony Clarke MA, MBBS, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG.
[Special Interest Festival Chorus]
Anthony has played the piano from the age of 8 years and the violin from the age of 11 years. He was inspired by his school music teacher to sing in the school choir and to play in orchestras. He has played violin in the Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra, the Cambridge University Orchestra, All Souls Langham Place Orchestra (in London), the Scarborough Orchestra and he currently feels privileged to play with the first violin section of the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra. Although he has never had a formal conducting lesson, Anthony enjoyed conducting choirs and orchestras during his university years and he has been Musical Director of the Bridlington Churches Together Choir and Festival Chorus over the past two decades. He has now retired from General Practice but continues to teach medicine abroad with Partnerships in International Medical Education (PRIME). He has regularly led medical teaching teams to Romania, Moldova and Cambodia over the past decade. Since retiring he has joined the singing group “Versatility”.
Mrs Carol E Daniel BA Hons., Cert Ed [Special Interest Communities and Schools]
Carol has been singing all her life- starting with the church choir and moving into amateur operatics from university days. Having then studied with a number of teachers, she went on to perform oratorio, opera and operetta to professional standard. She has also been in a medal winning Barbershop quartet and chorus and served as a national ladies Barbershop judge. However, Carol did not become a professional singer but instead made her career in working for children and young people with physical disabilities as a teacher and then as an adviser on inclusion in mainstream educational settings. Since retiring and moving to Bridlington, she has become a Governor at New Pasture Lane Primary School and conducts the U3A Entertainers Singing for Fun group. She has also taken up learning the oboe and plays for the U3A Orchestra and the Buckrose Concert Band. Along with her husband, Peter, and two friends she sings with the aptly named quartet, Versatility. Carol also serves as Clerk and pianist for Christian Science Society, Scarborough.
Mrs Nicola Anthony BA Hons, QTS [Special Interest Schools and Festival Chorus]
Nicola comes from a very musical family and her personal passion for music was realised when she started playing the flute at the age of 8. She has enjoyed playing in a range or orchestras and wind bands; notably the East Riding Senior Wind band for several years. She also plays the clarinet and ‘dabbles’ on the piano.
Nicola was part of the Bridlington Girls’ Choir for a number of years and has sung as both a soloist and as part of the full choir.
Nicola has contributed to the East Coast Churches and Community Festival since 2000, performing as part of the Churches Together Band playing both flute and clarinet.
She has taught at Our Lady and Saint Peter RC Primary School since 2009, where she is the Music Coordinator. Nicola’s school choir has been part of the CCMF’s Festival of School’s Music Making for the past 10 years. Nicola had also been involved in several Opera North projects over the last few years, particularly the Benjamin Britten ‘Friday Afternoons’ centenary project.
Mrs Pat Davison
Pat has been involved in amateur theatre for 45 years appearing in various musicals and concerts throughout that time. Since moving to Bridlington and joining Spotlight Theatre, she have appeared in musicals, concerts and plays. She enjoys acting just as much as singing.
Pat and her husband Ken are members of the Sewerby Methodist Church and represent the Methodist Community of Churches on the Board of Trustees. She is currently a steward, a pastoral visitor and also sings in the Sewerby Methodist Choir. She has a special interest in Amateur Theatre and brings to the Trustee Board that experience in the planning and development of our concerts.
Diana has been singing from the age of 14. She has been involved with the Churches Together choir since 2007. It was at the first musical “Angel Voices” where she met the man who is now her husband. She worships at a Emmanuel Church in Bridlington and is currently training as a Permanent Deacon.
Diana has just completed a Certificate in Theology, Mission and Ministry and also volunteers in many Christian based activities with school children within the East Riding of Yorkshire. Diana supports a charity in Uganda called “Saved On Street” which helps children that live on the street. She is a personal assistant for a young man with Cerebral Palsy.
Her special interest is in deloping Christian Musicals which reach out to non-church people.
Dr Jim Gillespie
Dr Jim Gillespie grew up in a very musical family and has enjoyed playing and singing all his life. He has for many years been active in the worship music team at Christchurch, Bridlington playing cello, piano and occasionally the organ. He has been a cellist in the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra for over 50 years. Since retiring as a GP he has become the assembly pianist for 2 local primary schools. He has been involved with the Churches Together musical events since the start, as pianist, cellist , singer and more recently has taken over as music director , rehearsing and conducting the performances.