Conductors and Accompanist

Salisbury Musical Society is very fortunate to have some of the most talented musicians in Salisbury to rehearse and conduct us for all our concerts.

Conductor – David Halls

David HallsDavid Halls became our conductor in 1993.

He graduated in Music from Worcester College, Oxford where he was an Organ Scholar.  He moved to Salisbury in 1985 where he became Assistant Organist at Salisbury Cathedral and Director of Music at The Cathedral School.

He was appointed Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral in September 2005.  In addition to his daily duties in the cathedral, he has toured Europe and the USA with the cathedral choirs and has appeared as conductor, accompanist and soloist in many concerts and recordings.  He is active as a composer with many choral and organ works published in the UK and USA.

David is a member of the Salisbury Diocesan Choral Festival Group, regularly conducting Diocesan Choir Festivals and is an Organ Consultant to the Diocese of Salisbury.

As well as Salisbury Musical Society, David conducts the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra who perform with us annually.

Assistant Conductor – Ian Wicks

Ian WicksIan Wicks became our first officially appointed assistant conductor in 2013.

Ian read Chemical Engineering at Exeter University where he combined the posts of Choral Scholar in the Cathedral Choir with that of Organ Scholar in the University Chapel.  Before taking up his present post as Director of Music and Assistant Head at Salisbury Cathedral School he taught at his alma mater, Belmont School in Mill Hill and sang in St Alban’s Cathedral Choir.  He now enjoys deputising as a tenor for the Salisbury, Winchester and Chichester Cathedral Choirs, sings with Sarum Voices and regularly appears as a soloist with a number of choirs.

As an organist he has given recitals in many cathedrals and churches, including St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and has accompanied choirs throughout the South of England.  He has conducted the Romsey Singers since 2003 and is the founder and conductor of the Salisbury Cathedral Junior Choir.  Ian has composed a number of choral pieces for both children and adults.

Accompanist – Peter Grove

Peter Grove has been our accompanist since David Halls became our conductor in 1993.  Peter has been a member of the choir since 1971 where he sang tenor.  He was affectionately known by some of his colleagues as “the note” because of his extraordinary ability to pitch any note on request.

Any choir that aspires to the highest standards needs an accompanist of the highest quality and Peter fits that bill for us.  He is a concert pianist in his own right, having performed with Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and we are very fortunate to have him as our accompanist.  Not only does he have the capacity to play all the right notes at the right time and in the right order, he also has the uncanny ability to anticipate what the conductor wants!  His knowledge of classical music and the classical music scene leads to some enlightening repartee between him and the conductor.

Peter will often play continuo for us in concert, or occasionally be let loose in the percussion section.  When not required for these duties he now joins the choir as a first bass.

Conductor Emeritus – Richard Seal

Dr Richard Seal is our Conductor Emeritus.  Richard was Organist and Choirmaster at Salisbury Cathedral from 1960 to 1995 and during that time was also conductor of the Salisbury Musical Society and the Salisbury Orchestral Society (now Salisbury Symphony Orchestra).  Richard retired from Salisbury Musical Society duties in 1993 and to honour his service to the choir he was appointed Conductor Emeritus.