David Wood – Musical Director
DAVID WOOD has been singing since the age of seven when he joined the choir of St Peter’s, Bocking, serving as head chorister during the 1970s. He went on to sing alto from which he developed his solo counter tenor voice in the 1990s. However David was asked to join Braintree Male Voice Choir as a baritone by its founder, Alec Poulton, during the 1980s. He was appointed Deputy Musical Director of the choir in 2014. and has recently taken over as Musical Director. He has often ben called upon to use his counter tenor voice with the choir, as in the popular African Trilogy and also with his ‘party piece’, The Weather Forecast’. As a baritone, he sang in several productions with Braintree Opera between 1986 and 1996 including in Cosi Fan Tutti, The Marriage of Figaro, Cavaleria Rusticana, I Paggliacci and L’Elisir d’Amore and performed in several of their concerts both in Essex and in France.
David founded the Blackwater Consort in 2001 where he performed as a counter tenor and also played the cello in many concerts of early vocal and instrumental music until it disbanded in 2009. Since 2002 , he has been choirmaster at St Peter’s Bocking and also directs the St Peter’s Sixteen. He has organised and conducted many successful ‘Singing Days’ when as many as eighty singers perform well known choral music after just two hours rehearsal.
David has often performed with his brother, the pianist Stephen Wood, and they recently formed Trio Poetique with the local drama teacher, Alison Shore. They gave a well received recital of poetry, piano music and song in May 2014 and are currently planning another concert for July. He has worked in the potato industry for the past twenty years and is commonly known as ‘Mr Potato’ due to his extensive knowledge of growing and cooking potatoes. He also works as a critic for the local press and has submitted over seventy reviews of musical productions.
Sue Edwards – Accompanist
SUE began playing the piano when she was five and whilst at school learnt the violin, viola and clarinet as well as continuing piano lessons. She studied a B Ed degree at Canterbury where she was a member of the orchestra and sang in two choirs.
Sue began accompanying groups in 1990 and has accompanied musical theatre groups, including Braintree Musical Society and Dunmow Players and has been musical director for various pantomime groups including Dunmow, Silver End, Felsted and Bocking.
As well as accompanist and Deputy Musical Director with the Chelmsford Male Voice Choir, Sue is also musical director for Maldon Promenaders and Bocking Theatre Group and is currently Musical Director for Braintree Musical Society’s forthcoming production.
She is pleased to join Braintree Male Voice Choir as accompanist, having supported them in previous rehearsals and concerts.