Former Conductors

The Guernsey Glee Singers is now the longest established choir still in existence in Guernsey. It was founded by Miss A A Noel in 1927. To read more about the first 70 years, click here.

Edith Noel 1927 - '36
A pioneer for music during her life, founder member of the Guilles Alles Choral Society, joint founder of the Guernsey Eisteddfod, accompanist and organist. She founded the Guernsey Glee Singers first as a ladies choir.

Hedley Nicolle 1936 - '37
Took over briefly due to Mrs Noel's ill health and conducted the choir at the London Festival.

Reverend Wood 1937 - '40
He kept the choir going with occasional concerts until the war.
Muriel Luckie 1946
A past member of the choir, she started the Guernsey Glee Singers up again but left for Hamburg to join Freddy Nash her husband to be.
T Davies Passey 1946 - '48
Described as Professor of Music at Elizabeth College. Well qualified as Mus. Bach. and A.R.C.O. he gave inspiring leadership and the choir grew to over fifty voices. He left to become Musical Director of the Liverpool Operatic Society.
Eric Waddams 1948 - '55
A choral scholar from King's College, Cambridge was a worthy successor. His guidance saw the first BBC broadcast. He gave concerts supported by well known soloists, Baritones, Frederick Harvey and Philip Hattey, and organist Dudley Savage. He started the tradition of Concert Versions given by the Glees with "The Village Opera" by Handel.
Marion Blondel 1955 - 57
She continued the tradition already established.
Coreen Singleton 1957 - '58
A soloist in the choir took over for two years.
Gordon Hughes 1958 - '64
A young man in his mid twenties, he had a big impact on the choir using his great personality and enthusiasm. The choir gave concerts in Candie Gardens (with accompaniment from the birds) also supported by professional solists - Owen Brannigan, John Cameron, Hervey Alan. The choir frequently recorded items for the BBC. Gordon produced several special arrangements of popular tunes for the choir.
Christopher Liddle 1964 - '66
He followed Gordon Hughes as music master at the Grammar School and was organist at the Town Church. He left to return to Wales.
Reginald Le Prevost 1966 - 76
An innovator who took the choir to pastures new. He started the Annual Christmas Concert at the Royal Hotel. The Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire began with a static, concert version supported by a narrator and then to costumes, scenery and dialogue produced by Jill Stephenson and Gerry King. Took three productions to Jersey
John Stephenson 1976, 1989
Always available to take over and has acted as deputy conductor for many years.
Janet Bran 1976 - '87
An experienced soloist contralto at the Llangollen Eisteddfod and in the Messiah, and a well known teacher of music. Janet first joined thr choir as a soloist in 1970. She developed the Christmas Concerts to include short "works". Continued full scale performances of Gilbert and Sullivan produced by Ken Fletcher and arranged live BBC radio concerts, one conducted by Robert Farnon with the BBC Concert Orchestra. A real high spot for the choir.
Pauline Morgan (nee Carre) 1987 - '89
A soloist in many Gilbert and Sullivan productions. Extended the repertoire of the choir until her untimely death.
Stephen Le Prevost 1990 - '91
Left to become deputy organist at Westminister Abbey. He developed the choirs' repertoire of part singing.
Simon Applegate 1991 - '92
From conducting bands in the Army, he gave the choir a military flavour. He now conducts the Guernsey Concert Band.
Marilyn Pugh 1992 - 2007
A keen musician and choral specialist. Educated at Ladies College, qualified with L.T.C.L. and Cert. Ed. she was a pupil of Janet Bran and sang contralto in her choir. She was a founder member of the Chamber Choir. At Hockerill College she studied singing with Morag Noble, piano with Marion Roper and viola with John White. After teaching music at Ladies College and St Peter Port School, Marilyn is now following Glees tradition and now is head of music at the Grammar School. She was Musical Director for the Gang Show between 1996 and 2006 and also for two Gadoc productions. She is currently Musical Director for the Stage Door Company. A former Channel Island squash champion, Marilyn has now turned her talents to golf, she was Lady Captain at La Grande Mare in 2003. Marilyn has two children David and Lydia and is married to Arthur.
Roger Brooks 2008
Left to establish his own choir rather than go with the Glees tradition.
Fiona Le Tissier 2009 – 2014
Educated at the Birmingham Conservatoire studying vocals and piano then futher studies with a PGCE at Exeter University, Fiona became deputy director of Music at Cranbook School in Kent. On returning to Guernsey, Fiona obtained a Masters Degree while Head of Music at St Peter Port School and was head of music at Beechwood. Fiona can now be heard on the airwaves of local radio, BBC Guernsey.

Nerine Ozanne 2014 - 2015
Educated at Middlesex University and after completing a PGCE at the University of Gloucester, Nerine took up her first teaching appointment as Deputy Head of Music at Wells Blue School in Somerset. On returning to Guernsey in 2007, Nerine returned to many ensembles and started teaching at St. Sampson's High School.

Dan Madden 2015 - 2016
Moving to the Island to teach woodwind at Guernsey's School Music Service, Dan became the Glees' accompaninist when it became vacant. In 2015, Dan moved to become conductor and led a full orchestra and guests with the Glees to perform Handel's Ode for St Cecilia with excerpts from the Messiah for the 2016 Christmas concert.