Paul Lowe CChem, FRSC. C.WEM, FCIWEM. MCMI.
Citizen of Honour Bridlington 2019.
Chair of Trustees.
Born into a musical family Paul started to play the piano at the age of 6. At the age of 11 he became fascinated with the sound of the pipe organ and this led to 10 years of study under Francis Smith on the outstanding 4 manual Pipe Organ at Pitt Street Methodist Church, Barnsley. When the Hammond organ was introduced to the UK he became enthusiast for electronic music eventually owning the famous C3 model complete with Leslie seekers. Currently he plays Ephonium in the Bridlington U3A orchestra, and synthesisers in the Festival Chorus Band. Retiring to Bridlington, following a careen in water and environmental engineering, he founded the East Coast Churches and Community Music Festival providing a platform of people of all ages with the opportunity to perform in a public setting. It has been a privilege to see this venture grow into the current format. He was awarded the Citizen of Honour Award by Bridlington Council for his work in promoting music through the ECCCMF.
John Beales ACIB
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. 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”.
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 for many years conducted 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. Carol also serves as Clerk and pianist for Christian Science Society, Scarborough and is secretary of ECCCMF.
Mark Granton MBA, BA[Hons], MCMI.
Data Officer and Sound Engineer
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. Mark is married to Julie a local primary schools teacher with responsibilities for developing music throughout the school. aMark 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. He is ECCCMF sound engineer and leads our team setting up venues for live performances.
Diana has been singing from the age of 14. She has been involved with the Bridlington Churches Together choir since 2007. She worships at a Emmanuel Church in Bridlington and is currently training as a Permanent Deacon. She is a member of Emmanuel CoE Church Bridlington Leadership Team.
Diana holds 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 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.
Dr Jim Gillespie
Special Interest Festival Chorus Orchestra
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 Musical Director (Festival Orchestra) , rehearsing and conducting the performances.
While growing up in Bridlington Maria enjoyed being a part of school productions and being involved with local choirs. She moved back to the East Coast in 2020 after working away and moving around the UK for 10 years where she always got involved in local musical and performance groups. She was part of Scarborough Musicals, Oklahoma in 2019 and has a love for being a part of a creative group. Worship music brought Maria back to church in 2021 (Emmanuel Church) and has a renewed passion for music. She joined ECCCMF during the rehearsals for Pharaoh to Freedom and has since felt encouraged to become more involved as a Trustee. Maria is enthusiastic to serve the individuals and communities in the area through ECCCMF.
Festival Chorus Membership Secretary
Recently retired after a 42 year career in IT in the steel industry, Jane’s involvement with the ECCCMF followed her participation, together with husband, Gren, in the 2010 Bridlington Passion Play with the Bridlington Churches Together choir. Whilst Gren prefers behind-the-scenes roles assisting with props and admin, Jane’s interest is singing. Her first performance, aged 9, was as Narrator in a school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. This, together with hymn singing in school assemblies, sparked an enduring enjoyment of communal singing, particularly as part of local and church choirs. Jane is on a continuing journey to improve her singing and music-reading abilities and is keen to encourage and assist others, particularly those who don’t (yet) read music, to join in the fun.