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Meet some the of Team !

Paul Clay -
Chorus Director and Lead section Leader

Paul is our Chorus Director and has been for the past 3 years.
He originally started in Barbershop some 16 years ago and originally sang with Shannon Express and has competed not only in the UK but America and Ireland.

“When I saw my first modern barbershop show I was totally blown away by the sound. It was totally NOT what I was expecting. From then on I have been totally hooked”

After singing as a baritone for many years and a short spell as a tenor, Paul now sings lead and is also the lead section leader.
11 years ago he was a founder member of Vocal Academy based in Sawtry. Since then the chorus has moved to Huntingdon and has undergone a name change and now is Ouse Valley Chorus.

As a young boy Paul sang in a church choir for a short period and has parents that used to take part in amateur dramatic societies so was brought up in a musical environment.
As a teenager the only singing that Paul did was in the bath or along with the radio. Apart from the occasional Karaoke appearance 1998 was the first venture into singing in public seriously. 18 months ago Paul got together with Steve, David and Chris for form a quartet. They are called ‘ Alchemy ‘ and perform alongside the chorus at shows

Paul currently works as a security/alarm engineer and is married to Sue and has two children.

Chris Shannon - Bass section leader/AMD

Chris Shannon lives in Huntingdon with his partner Teresa. He has been singing since a young lad and was head chorister at his local church in Grantham where he grew up. Chris has a long history within music and on leaving school studied oboe and piano for 2 years in London after which he played professionally for 2 years before moving into the world of Physical Education and subsequently Physiotherapy.

Chris has always been involved in singing and sang with a number of operatic societies and male voice choirs in his early years until he came across Barbershop in 1995 when he sang with Rinteln Barbershop Chorus and Gutersloh Barbershop in Germany. On moving back to the UK in 2000 he joined Hereward Harmony Barbershop Chorus in Peterborough after attending their Learn to Sing Course. Whilst with Hereward he led the bass section and trained as a Learn to Sing Educator with the British Association of Barbershop singers.

On moving to Huntingdon in 2010 Chris joined Vocal Academy (now Ouse Valley Chorus) leading the bass section and is also Assistant Musical Director. He also sings with the quartet Alchemy, all of whom are members of OVC and thoroughly enjoy their singing.

Steve Gill - Baritone section leader

I've been singing since I was 7 in my local church choir and have sung with various other choirs around the country. It is great to sing a different style of music to what I had been doing for over 30 years.

I find the chorus a very friendly and fun group and really enjoy our Wednesday evenings.

Although I am not naturally competitive I am looking forward to going to the BABS annual convention; It's fun and I do enjoy competing.

I live in St. Neots and joined the chorus after attending a Learn to Sing course advertised with a leaflet through my door.

 

David Gamble - Tenor section leader

Having never sung before I attended a Learn to Sing course back in 2008. I found the unique and amazing sound of the Barbershop style captivating and have been enjoying it ever since!

Living in Sawtry, I am an electronics Engineer for Creek Audio and have always had a fascination with the mathematical theory of music. The precise harmonic relationships of the parts is especially important in our style of singing and it's great to explore it in such a fun way!

The chorus are a very welcoming and enthusiatic bunch and it is great to have met such good friends through an enjoyable hobby!

My other interests include Robot Wars, Theme parks (especially Thrill rides), storm chasing and Home theatre.

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