Our Music Team
Jonathan Shaw seen here conducting during Ashington and District male voice choir rehearsal in March 2017 also picture Derek Brett accompanist.
Jonathan is in the early stages of adult life, though he has already become Director of Music for Ashington & District MVC; Lemington MVC; Prudhoe Parish Children’s Choir, Pride & Joy, and is the newly appointed organ scholar for St. John the Baptists Church, Newcastle. Arranging/ composing have been part of his life since 2005, as well as a broader interest in musicianship education and practical theory.
Before earning his Music BA in 2013, Jonathan was heavily involved with several ensembles at Newcastle University, the most notable being the Gilbert and Sullivan society (NUGSS).
During his studies, he took on rolls as both treasurer and assistant MD before
principally directing ‘Yeomen of the Guard’ and an G&S’ed version of ‘The Wizard
of Oz’ in 2015, arranging the full orchestra and choir scores himself.
Jonathan has had the pleasure of directing Newcastle Madrigal Choir; Abbreviation, a choir for singers from varied musical disciplines/abilities; A Northumberland Prison Choir; Barbershop quartets; and assorted ad hoc a cappella groups. Jonathan has also written music for concerts, weddings, even a vicar’s first mass, as well as performed across the country, with such groups as Newcastle Cathedral Choir, Northern Sinfonia Chorus, The Singers, Flotsam, and the Swing Bridge Singers.
Derek Brett pictured above during Ashington and district Male voice choir rehearsal March 2017.
After graduating from the London College of Music and the University of Ulster, Derek began his musical career as a trombonist and pianist in HM Band of the Irish Guards. He has taught music in special schools both in London and the North East and after completing an MA in Cultural Management at the University of Northumbria, had a spell working in venue management in both theatre and cinema.
Derek has always enjoyed accompanying and as well as playing for ADMVC, he is also the accompanist for Lemington Male Voice Choir in Newcastle and has also played for Newcastle Musical Theatre Company, West End Operatic Society, Whitley Bay Operatic Society and numerous instrumental examinations and school concerts and productions.
Together these two gentlemen are a formidable team and are currently shaping and perfecting current and future music for Ashington and District Male Voice Choir