Musical Director

Malcolm St. John

Malcolm St. John is Cawthorne Choral Society's longest serving Musical Director, taking up the position in 1995. He was born and educated in Wakefield and went on to study singing, piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. After graduation Malcolm sang with Glyndebourne Opera before joining Sadler's Wells Opera Company, remaining with them for the next 14 years. In 1980 Malcolm and his family returned to Wakefield, where he pursued a highly successful music career for the next 30 years, both as a teacher and performer. From 1982 to 1988 he conducted Sharlston Male Voice Choir and was Assistant Musical Director at Ackworth School for 25 years. He was also an examiner for A' Level Music.

In the choral society world, Cawthorne Choral may well be the only society whose Musical Director is not just a conductor, but a performing professional singer and musician, as well as a fully qualified and highly regarded singing teacher of many years experience. In our rehearsals Malcolm not only directs us in learning our music, but often explains and demonstrates correct vocal technique for producing the desired sound. In Malcolm's own words, "The Choral Society is a huge part of my life which brings me great enjoyment and musical pleasure. We all work together to perform to a high standard and the friendship, good humour and commitment that the members exhibit is to their great credit and something which is hugely rewarding."

Our accompanist, David Hann, has worked alongside Malcolm throughout his tenure and their long-standing friendship and partnership brings well-deserved praise from our ever increasing audiences.