Susan M. Wilkinson,
Susan graduated in pianoforte and voice from the Royal Manchester College of Music (now called the Royal Northern).
She was appointed the Musical Director of Gledholt MVC in 2009 and is also the Musical Director of the award winning Huddersfield Choral Society Junior Choirs with whom she has worked in one capacity or another since their inception in1986.
On the concert platform Susan is well known locally as a soloist and as an accompanist for solo singers and instrumentalists. She continues to teach pianoforte and voice as she has done throughout her professional career. Susan is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors. She worked as a moderator and examiner for a number of music examination boards and has conducted a variety of musical ensembles over the years, including bands, orchestras and choirs.
Susan has a long history of working in education, having been a teacher, then music adviser to a local education authority. Since then she has worked nationally as an Ofsted Trainer and Inspector, Adviser to Headteachers; and Assessor of Graduate Teachers both from the UK and from Overseas.
Jane Robertson, Accompanist
Jane Robertson is a well-established accompanist and teacher of the pianoforte. At the age of eleven Jane won a Hertfordshire County Scholarship to further her studies at the Watford School of Music under David Paul Martin.
At eighteen she moved on to the Royal College of Music in London to study piano and piano accompaniment.
After graduating she gave a number of solo recitals in and around London as well as making recordings and performing live broadcasts for regional television. Since moving to Yorkshire she has undertaken freelance accompanying work for solo instrumentalists, vocal groups and the University of Huddersfield music department as well as performing solo concerto engagements. In 2007 she undertook the role of Alice Elgar (only the hands!) for a biographical film made for the Elgar Museum in Worcester.
Jane was formerly the resident accompanist for the Alan Simmon's Mastersingers for many years. She is also part of the RO’KA piano duo.
Jane became the resident accompanist for the Huddersfield Choral Junior Choirs in 2007 and was appointed by Gledholt Male Voice Choir this year.
She has become an invaluable part of the team for each choir.
The choir rehearses at Lindley Methodist Church Centre,
Huddersfield each Tuesday evening and potential new members are always welcome.
The Choir's repertoire varies widely and now includes arrangements of popular songs from
the Shows as well as traditional male voice items, music from the Opera and religious works.
This broadly based repertoire ensures interest in rehearsals and is essential for the
planning of programmes for public performances. The Choir fulfils regular concert
engagements both locally and further afield having sung in Settle, Keswick, Bradford
Cathedral, Bridlington Priory, Scarborough Spa Theatre, Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Fountains
Abbey, Pudsey Civic Hall, Manston (Leeds), Boston Spa, Shifnal, Wellington (Salop),
York Minster, Royal Albert Hall and Llanfyllin.
The Choir is justly proud of initiating and organising - for 10 years - the
National Male Voice Choir Championships which broke new ground for the whole choir movement.
In July 1997, the Choir competed at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
The latest highlight has been the completion in May 1997 of its first exchange with
an overseas choir - the very talented male voice choir from Besancon, Eastern France
- Les Chenestrels. This involved four concerts on consecutive evenings in the district
of Franche-Comte during a memorable week's visit in 1998.
In 1948, a group of men belonging to Gledholt Methodist Church formed a double male quartet
under the leadership of Joe Ripley and with Marcus Draper as the pianist to sing at local churches,
old people's homes, hospitals, etc. Gradually the original double quartet expanded to become,
first the Gledholt Glee Singers, next the Ripley Singers for two years, and finally the Gledholt
Male Voice Choir.
Joe Ripley retired as Conductor in 1977 when Malcolm Fairless was appointed as Musical Director.
Malcolm Fairless was appointed Musical Director in 1977. He was a native of County Durham and he started his male voice choir experience in his early teens. He was for some time Organist and Choirmaster at Bede College, Durham University before 'emigrating' to Huddersfield in the early 70's. Here, he quickly joined Huddersfield Choral Society, was a member of the Karalian Quartet and in regular demand as tenor soloist. He joined Gledholt
MVC as a First Tenor in 1972 and, in those early days, he was also a member of Skelmanthorpe MVC,eventually being appointed their Deputy Conductor. Malcom continued to be involved with the choir as our choral advisor until he passed away in 2013.