Our leaders

 

Nickomo Clarke (our Choirmaster since 2000; our leader for the Autumn and Spring terms)

 Nickomo is a musician, singer, composer and arranger specialising in acappella harmony music of various genres for mixed-gender natural-voice groups. He is best known internationally for his ‘Harmonic Temple pieces, the seventh volume of which was released in 2013. For many years he taught and performed African and Eastern-European songs with the group ‘Sunshine in the Ears’, and also performed and arranged songs as founder-member of the legendary ‘Beachpersons’ acappella sextet.

As well as Bath Community Singers, he currently co-leads the 150-voice ‘People of Note’ community choir in Bristol, and the Frome Community Choir, as well as giving voice workshops in the UK and Europe with his wife and fellow voice teacher Rasullah. Nickomo is an organiser of the annual Unicorn Natural Voice Camp in Dorset and a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network.

www.nickomoandrasullah.com

 

Candy Verney (leader Summer Term 2013)

Candy Verney's passion is to inspire and create, through singing, a sense of harmony which gives an experience beyond the ordinary.  

Over the last 15 years, Candy developed and directed a group of 5 choirs in Bath and West Wiltshire, called Singing in the Round, that joined together to celebrate seasonal festivals in special places. This has been the catalyst for many other choirs forming, so that now, every town in the area has a community choir.

Candy's work encompasses singing holidays in wild places; Soul Soundings; community choirs teacher trainings; singing projects; choirs and workshops; singing in business. She is in regular demand throughout the UK and mainland Europe.

Candy has written two books, the Singing Day and the Singing Year, published through Hawthorn Press, and is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network.

www.candyverney.co.uk 

 

Jon Conway (leader Summer Term 2011 & 2012)

JonJon has been singing, directing, coaching and performing in Harmony groups for over 20 years. He teaches many styles of singing including classical SATB, Taize, Gospel, Georgian, Sacred songs from various religions and cultures, Rock and Pop as well as his own a cappella arrangements.

Though he teaches many styles of music his specialty is Barbershop Harmony. He has been in several successful Barbershop quartets winning a total of 8 National medals including 3 Bronze, 3 Silver and 2 Gold. He has represented the UK at two International Barbershop competitions in Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

His workshops take him all over Europe including UK, Ireland, Holland, Italy, Prague and Spain. Many of these events allow people with very little singing experience to discover the wonder and joy of creating harmonies through song.

He is a significant force in the education of Harmony singing and Chorus Directing in BABS (The British Association of Barbershop Singers) and Making Music (a national organisation of over 2800 musical groups).

His noted quartet appearances include Disney World, Goodwood Revival, Orient Express and National TV including “You Bet”, “Terry and Gabby”, “Emmerdale” and “Ant & Dec’s Saturday night takeaway” as the coach for teaching Ant’s team of celebrities.

Jon also teaches at the Unicorn Natural Voice Camp where over 400 people gather together to experience a diverse range of world harmony songs.

He currently sings Bass in the Frome based A Cappella quartet 'The B Naturals'.

www.thebnaturals.com

 

Fran Bolton (leader Summer Term 2010)

 Fran has been involved in running popular singing workshops for the last six years at arts centres and festivals, and for singing groups around the country.

A qualified teacher who has worked in various schools over the last 15 years, she also has extensive experience as a singer, performing a wide ranging repertoire from Mozart to Motown.

Fran runs an all-female Bristol based choir, the Stepford Singers, she teaches on workshops and on singing holidays in Britain and Europe as part of the Sing Your Socks Off team and performs as part of the 5-piece acapella group, the Barefooters. She was a member of the 16-piece acapella group Naked Voices and was a co-director of the big Bristol Voices choir with Chris Samuel (who led Bath Community Singers in the summer term of 2009).

 

Chris Samuel (leader Summer Term 2009)

 Chris has been teaching vocal harmony since he joined Bristol-based Naked Voices in the early noughties,

He now runs 3 community choirs in Wiltshire, has been joint MD of Bristol Voices since 2007 and has most recently started VoxBox Rocks (www.voxbox-rocks.com) where rock, soul and funk classics are learned with backing tracks and performed with a live band!
 
He also undertakes one-off workshops for schools, other choirs and even birthday parties and as part of Sing Your Socks Off (www.singyoursocksoff.co.uk), runs singing holidays in the UK and Europe.
 
He performs with Aussie festival favourites The Spooky Men's Chorale (www.spookymen.com) when they visit the UK and is a passionate supporter of Sing for Water and last year co-organised the Big Sing in Bristol Harbourside raising £37,000 for WaterAid.