In 1984, Mr Paul Blakemore took over from David Necklen. Paul led the choir on a visit to Schwasbisch Hall, Germany in 1992 and the summer of 1993 saw the choir in Belgium, once again with Paul Blakemore at the helm, where they sang in the Abbey of Gembloux and later a performance was given in Brussels at the European Parliament; Mr Lyndon Gardner, the choir’s principal tenor, standing in for Paul Blakemore on this occasion.
Due to other musical commitments Paul Blakemore stepped down as Musical Director of the choir in 1998. Until 2021 Paul had the distinction of being the longest serving conductor in the choir’s history and in later years he returned to the choir to sing as a baritone.
He was replaced as Musical Director, albeit briefly when David Necklen once again returned to the choir. However David’s tenure was short lived and he gave up the position in late 1999.
The turn of the millennium brought problems. Singers began to leave and as a result, the standard of the choir suffered. The choir might have disbanded due to the lack of a musical director if Mrs. Marie Slater had not offered her services in this capacity.
Marie went on to conduct the choir through a further 6 difficult years before having to resign due to ill health. In more recent years the Choir once again entered the competition arena and won the W.H. Russell Shield at the 2012 Leicester Festival of Music and Performing Arts under the baton of Christopher Hill their current Musical Director.
Chris is a very accomplished musician who joined the choir as a singer; so when Marie Slater resigned he modestly agreed to take the choir on until someone better could be found; the choir is still looking. Chris has worked hard to increase their already large repertoire that ranges from 16th century polyphony to 21 st century popular music.