Musical Director – Will Hay
Born in Kendal in the beautiful English Lake District; he trained as a chorister in the local parish church choir and played in the Westmorland Youth Orchestra and other local youth ensembles when he took up the trombone at the age of 11. After studying singing, trombone and piano at the University of Manchester and graduating in 2001, he became a lay clerk at Peterborough Cathedral. After two years he left Peterborough to do teacher training at the University of Durham. While resident in Durham, he sang with the University Chamber Choir, built and maintained their website and sang with the Cathedral Consort of Singers who sing evensong in the cathedral three to four times every term. Since moving to Chester, he currently undertakes a number of roles including: Musical Director of Caldy Valley Voices performing two concerts a year in Chester, Event Pianist for weddings, piano accompanist and piano tutor at St. Oswald’s Primary, Mollington, Upton Heath Primary, Saighton School, Eccleston School, Queen’s Park High School, Chester Catholic High School and St. Werburgh’s and St. Columba’s Catholic Primary School in association with Music for Life. When he is not playing, singing, conducting or teaching he likes to spend time doing photography.
Accompanist – Jeremy Heald
Jeremy studied piano with Lila Hallett throughout his years at Upton High School, Chester, while at the same time becoming a proficient violinist and organist. He currently studies with John Gough, Tutor in Pianoforte at the RNCM. Jeremy graduated in Mechanical Engineering (M.Eng) from Leeds University in 2003 and completed a further Masters degree in 2009 whilst working in the aerospace engineering sector in Birmingham. He recently relocated to Chester to work for Essar Oil at Stanlow Refinery. Jeremy has been a church organist in Chester, Leeds and Solihull, but devotes the majority of his free time in pursuing his passion for the piano. He performs regularly as a piano/organ soloist and in ensembles within Chester and Birmingham. He has been with Caldy Valley Voices since January 2014.