Graham Eccles – Conductor
Graham Eccles first studied the organ at Worksop College in Nottinghamshire; during this time he gained his LTCL and ARCO diplomas.
He subsequently studied at the Royal Northern College of music in Manchester under Ronald Frost and was appointed Boddington Organ Scholar at St. Ann’s Church. As well as graduating from the college with an upper division diploma he gained the diploma in professional performance and the Alice Shawcross prize in Church music. He also achieved the ARCM and FRCO diplomas at this time.
More recently, he was awarded the diploma in Choral Directing from the Royal College of Organists, gaining the Brook Memorial Prize.
In 1989 Graham started as Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral and played a key role in the musical like of the city both in and out of the Cathedral.
He was Organist and Master of the choristers at St Asaph Cathedral in North Wales between 1998 and 2003. From 2004 Graham became freelance musician and as well as teaching and performing locally, he is one of the regular organists for the Daily Service on BBC Radio 4. He is visiting tutor in organ at the Bangor University and is Conductor of Colwyn Bay Choral Society, as well as St Asaph Choral Society and is in regular demand as an organ accompanist by many other choirs and Choral Societies of the North West and has been Organist at Birkenhead School for a number of years. He has played many times with the RLPO and Halle orchestras. He was Director of Music at Bangor Cathedral between 2009 and 2014.
He has played many organ recitals in the UK, Europe and beyond.
Martin Brown – Organist
Martin Brown began playing the organ in his village church in Staffordshire at the age of 12. After having organ lessons at Lichfield Cathedral, he studied music at Bangor University, where he was also organ scholar. Since 1990 he has been assistant organist at Bangor, and in 2015 was appointed Cathedral Organist. In addition to this he spends his time teaching and accompanying. He is also Musical Director of both The Orrishmere Singer’s and RAF Valley Millitary Wives Choir. He has the Archbishop of Wales award for Church Music, and is also Bells and Organ adviser for the diocese of Bangor.
Colwyn Choral Society / Cymdeithas Gorawl Colwyn
Registered Charity No.501673
Formed in 1959
Celebrate Jubilee in 2009
Currently have around 80 singing members-new members always welcome, especially men
President Councillor Brian Cossey
Conductor Graham Eccles
Usually perform two concerts each year around Easter and Christmas, mainly oratorios with the Philharmonia of North Wales Orchestra
Rehearsals Tuesday evenings