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Dr Martin Cook

Shrewsbury Choral Society has appointed a new Musical Director to lead them in a new era of musical excellence.

The Choral Society and Sinfonia will be led by Dr Martin Charles Cook, and he will make his debut at their next concert to be held at 7.30pm on Saturday 8th November at The Abbey, Shrewsbury.

Dr. Cook, Musical Director commented: “I am truly delighted to have been appointed to take on this wonderful opportunity, and to lead such a superb choir with a prestigious history stretching back over many years. It will be a real privilege to work with the Choral Society with its’ long-established record of fine singing. I would welcome our existing audience and new music-lovers to come along to our next concert and enjoy what promises to be some superb singing”

His biography will be added shortly.


William Hayward The Society appointed William Hayward as accompanist in September 2013.


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.


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