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William Hayward The Society appointed William Hayward as accompanist in September 2013 and as Musical Director (Acting) (January – June 2014)


William Hayward trained at the Royal College of Music under Sir Adrian Boult, Herbert Howells, Richard Latham, James Lockhart and Richard Austin.

As a concert organist he has given recitals in Notre-Dame, Paris, Westminster Abbey and Gent Cathedral, Belgium, and was Master Of The Music at Shrewsbury Abbey from 1995 to 1999.

As a composer he has written nine oratorios, most recently Mary Of Nazareth (composed in 2008) and a good deal of instrumental music.

With singing star Russell Watson he has appeared as conductor at prestigious venues worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the new Oscars Centre in Hollywood, Kodak Theatre, which he opened with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. There have also been tours to Japan. the Philippines and New Zealand.

William has also been working with Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, appearing as pianist with her in the Tsunami Relief Concert at Cardiff Millennium Stadium, and conducting her second album Second Nature.

He also arranges for many artistes including Blake and The Soldiers and has made several recordings with the City Of Prague Orchestra.

Organ appearances in 2013 include Aberystwyth University, where William will play for the annual Graduation ceremonies: Carlisle Cathedral, where Shrewsbury Abbey Choir will sing for a weekend during the Cathedral Choir holidays: and Ghent Cathedral in Belgium, where William will give a recital in the International Organ Festival.



Michael Davey Michael Davey retired as accompanist in June 2013 but rejoined us in January 2014.


Michael Davey studied at the Royal College of Music in London where he was awarded the Sir Walford Davies First Prize for Organ. He read music at Cambridge as Organ Scholar of Corpus Christi College and his first appointment was Head of Music at Wyggeston Boys Grammar School, Leicester. Michael was Assistant Organist at Chichester Cathedral before moving to Shropshire in 1971 as Director of Music at Wrekin College.

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