Biographies

Brampton & District Choir

 

Biographies

RYAN HANLON - MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Since October 2015

Ryan realised at a young age that he had some sort of interest for music,

however he wasn'it particularly interested in any instrument.

Ryan was more intrigued by how the sound was formed.

It wasn't until he reached the tender age of five he realised

that he wanted to create the sound.

That's where it all begun.

He started taking a major interest in instrumentation and trained as a pianist

and a vocalist in the classical technique as well as jazz and musical theatre.

Ryan owes a lot to Mrs. While. This lady was his music teacher for a lot of years. She used to always say to him "never settle for what you know now, always learn and continue to do so".

As well as the associated music exam boards, Ryan has other qualifications such as a National Extended Diploma in Music Theatre, which he received Distinction Star, Distinction Star, Distinction. This enabled him to continue training to degree.

Ryan has found in his years of teaching, that the way to succeed is to continuously inspire. Ryan has met some incredibly influential people during his training and these great musicians and educators have enabled him to pass on his knowledge. Ryan was awarded a First Class BA Honours degree and is about to embark on a PhD course in Music to receive a Doctorate.

 

 

JERRY KING - ACCOMPANIST

 

Born in Hampshire in 1965, Jerry started piano lessons

in 1972 and joined the local church choir in Fareham in 1974.

He continued to study music at boarding school in Devon

and took up the church organ whilst living in Gibraltar in 1982.

He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music & English in 1987,

and initially worked for a music retailer in Sheffield. After marrying

Joanne in 1989 he moved to her native Cumbria in 1991 first working for Omega Music in Brampton (Ellie was born in 1992 and Will in 1994) and then joining the music staff at William Howard School in 2005. He was organist at Lanercost Priory for over 20 years, transferring to his current post at St Cuthberts in Carlisle as Organist and Director of Music in 2012. He joined the Brampton Chamber Choir in 2000 becoming its Musical Director in 2011, the same year he took on the role of accompanist for what was then the Brampton Players Choir. In what could euphemistically be regarded as spare time, and when he’s not engaged as organist for weddings etc, he teaches piano and guitar, runs a small part time recording company producing albums for local ensembles and live concerts and is occasional accompanist for the Brampton Players.

 

STUART STOKELL- FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

2005 to Nov 2013 and Oct 2014 to July 2015

 

Stuart is originally from Hartlepool. He began studying piano at

6 years of age under Brian Guttridge at The North Eastern School of Music

and by 14 was an accompanist for a local concert party. When he was 17, Stuart became organist at St Oswald's Church, Hartlepool and studied organ under Ron Robinson. Stuart worked as a piano salesman whilst at the same time building up a private teaching register as well as becoming the main organist at Hartlepool Crematorium. By this time Stuart was also a freelance accompanist. Stuart also studied singing being trained by dramatic tenor, Atti Bianco for whom Stuart regularly played. After moving to Cumbria, Stuart had organist positions in the church circuit as well as gaining a first class degree in Performing Arts. From 2004 Stuart was employed full-time as a lecturer in singing by the Cumbria Institute of the Arts which is now part of The University of Cumbria.

Stuart was musical director for many shows including several G&S operettas, Sondheim musicals, Rodgers and Hammerstein works and many other music theatre favourites in addition to modern pieces. Stuart has also written, composed, arranged, directed and musically directed his own pantomimes and was musical director for The Sands Centre panto's in Carlisle for two years as well as composing music for, and acting in, 'The Modern Mysteries' which were performed in Carlisle Cathedral during 'The Great Fair'.

In his spare time, Stuart collects and repairs clocks and enjoys drawing, reading and woodworking. He has also built himself a large, classical organ for his home which has become a labour of love.

 

ANDY WEBSTER - Musical Director

Nov 2013 to Oct 2014

 

Andy has been a French Horn player from the age of 11, representing Britain twice at the International Brass Convention in New York with the English Brass Group. He attended Trinity College of Music, London and was then Principal Horn with the regimental bankd of the Coldstream Guards.. He has toured most of Europe, America, Canada and Japan with various orchestras and bands. He has in the past played for many shows in pit prchestras in and around London and Hertfordshire, as well as appearing on stage in several lead roles as well as undertaking chorus work.

Before moving to Cumbria in 2007 he was musical director of the Chard Light Operatic Society in Somerset and took the company on tour with a G & S based show for which the story was written by himself.

Andy was Artistic Director with the Penrith Savoyards for three years, and also played the lead in Bye Bye Birdie, after first appearing with them as Ali Hakim in Oklahoma in 2009.

Andy currently teaches singing and brass in several local primary schools and privately, and is Brass specialist, technician and singing teacher at Omega Muisic in Brampton.