Conductor: Colin Marston

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Rachel Carruthers
Colin Marston

Heather Tomlinson
Ian Carruthers


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Colin Marston

Colin Marston (Musical Director) comes from Otley, West Yorkshire and studied at St. John’s College, Cambridge and at Reading University, where he gained the Education Prize. He studied organ with Keith Rhodes and Douglas Fox and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists while still at university.

In 1964 he was appointed Assistant Director of Music and Organist at Brighton College and in 1972 became Director of Music at Reading School and also taught in the University’s Education Department. He moved to Cumbria in 1981 to take up the position of Head of Music at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, which he held for seventeen years. A year after moving to Cumbria he became Organist and Choirmaster of St. Andrew’s Church and in 1984 was appointed to succeed David Wells as Musical Director of Penrith Singers. Under his direction the choir has established itself as one of Cumbria’s leading choirs, and performs two choral concerts each year with professional soloists and either orchestral or organ accompaniment.

Colin is chairman of Penrith Music Club and an examiner for the Royal School of Church Music’s Awards Scheme for Choristers. He is current chairman of RSCM Cumbria.

Rachel Carruthers presents John Fletcher, the retiring chairman, with a Kindle, CD and Gift Token on behalf of the choir.  At the Annual General Meeting in October 2013 Colin Marston paid the following tribute: 'John has been a conscientious and thorough chairman for the last ten years; his quiet and wise guidance have been much appreciated by me personally as well as the other members of the committee.  He retires with our good wishes and sincere thanks for a job well done.'


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