Meet the committee

The committee of trustees is the  ‘governing body’ for the choir. They have managerial responsibility to ensure that the choir operates within the law, according to its governing document, and in a fair and transparent manner. They take responsibility for the financial dealings of the choir and are accountable for allocating funds and monitoring expenditure. They ensure that the choir works towards its stated aims.

Chair – Margaret Seaby

Margaret SeabyIn 1999 I was very nervous going to the inaugural rehearsal of Manchester Community Choir. It was so enjoyable, wonderful songs – take a listen to our song clips on this website! Friendly singers – their comments can be read here too.Now I am confidently looking forward to celebrating twenty years singing in this choir in 2019. I joined the committee to put something back into the community choir which has given me so much pleasure over those years. This year I was elected to Chair of the Trustees at this exciting time with the choir hosting the Street Choirs Festival.

I have so many songs in my head now and still look forward to learning new ones, at the next rehearsal, with our gifted new musical director Rose Hodgson!

Treasurer – Steve Campbell
steve-for-mcc-websiteI joined the choir in 2001, shortly after it was formed, feeling very insecure and out of my depth. Since then I have come to enjoy singing and performing music in a variety of different settings, and MCC has been the start of it. I’ve had a number of roles on the committee, including membership secretary and treasurer (twice!).As treasurer my job is to keep track of all money coming in and how it is being spent (we use a spreadsheet for this), to check the bank statements, to present a financial report to the members every year, and to try to keep the rest of the committee aware of the financial implications of their ideas and plans for the choir!

Secretary – Tudor Owen
I beca1383331312246me a member of the Choir on its tenth anniversary in 2009 and joined the Committee a year or so later. I was initially the Treasurer, then the Events’ Co-ordinator and I’ve just become the Secretary. I see this new job as primarily about communication, whether that’s representing the choir to the outside world or keeping the membership informed of choir developments. I’ll need to fit in some less exciting duties too, like arranging committee meetings and keeping our official documents up to date, but it’s all part and parcel of the group effort to make sure that we can knock ‘em dead at our six or seven gigs a year.   It’s great when you’re on stage with 60 or 70 other singers and you look out and see a packed audience enjoying our singing and giving us a rousing reception. It makes all the hard work worthwhile!

Jo Melzack
Jo MelzackI’ve been singing with the choir since Jan 2013 and have absolutely loved it from the first day, our MD enabling me to be a far better singer than I ever imagined. Singing isn’t about having a great voice, it’s the joyous, uplifting feeling of voices working in harmony – the choir becomes something greater than the sum of its parts! I joined the committee in January 2014 and started by helping out generally, working in various sub groups and organising events and for three years was the Chair. I’ve now taken on various responsibilities, liaising with the tea team and Robert the minister at Didsbury Baptist and working on our events with Wendy. What I like about being on the committee is the collegiate way of working, everyone talking things through together and coming to a consensus about what’s best for the choir.

Carolyn Pugh
Carolyn Pugh
I joined in 2001 petrified and did a lot of miming! Community choir is fun and I especially enjoy singing with other people,  as it’s not competitive, just singing with your neighbour. Choir lifts my spirits and I’ve made lifelong friends. I currently take the Minutes at meetings and then write them up with bad grace!

Peter Wilmot
peterThe last time I’d sung in a choir was at school. After a you’re-never-too-old number of years, I was inspired by Gareth Malone’s TV programmes to search out a new choir and came across the Manchester Community Choir through YouTube clips of their performances of original and varied music.I found a warm welcome, a relaxed atmosphere… and the inspiration of Liz, our Musical Director, who works us hard but who gets us singing the very best we can,  and better than we ever thought we could.There’s no obligation to sing in our public performances, but for me these are the highlight. Whether it’s Manchester’s Central Library with quiet, delicious chords echoing into the roof, or on stage at the annual National Street Choirs Festival singing to a thousand fellow singers, or a packed Chorlton Irish Club with the choir and an audience of 250 well-lubricated Mancunians belting out ‘Happy Together’, these are music-making moments to treasure.

Lizzie Gent
I joined the choir in September 2017 (so still a newbie), thanks to the encouragement of one of the altos. I have always really enjoyed listening to any kind of choral music but never thought I could sing, so it has been a delight and a revelation to discover I can! I love it that learning the songs uses parts of my brain I don’t normally use – like starting a new and rigorous exercise routine. So rehearsal nights are really good work-outs! I have also really enjoyed the performances this year, particularly in Central Library, where I do my day job. This year I have taken over Membership Welfare, and I also look after the rehearsal registers and help organise events – especially those involving liaison with the Central Library, where I work.  It was nice to be part of the Christmas extravaganza rather than being in the audience.

Annie O’Malley

I joined MCC, the same year as Carol Donaldson was selected as the MD,  in 2003.
I had always enjoyed singing, though that was mainly with friends, never in a choir. I was hooked from day one and I can’t believe I have now been singing with MCC for over 15 years. I have met some lovely people and had a lot of fun along the way, so here’s to the next 15 years!

(Annie has been co-opted onto the committee and from September 2019 she will be helping Lizzie with membership.)

Julie Batten

JulieBattonPhotoI joined the choir 12 years ago, after hearing the Street Choir Festival massed sing in 2007. It is such a friendly choir and we share out all the jobs that need to be done to help it run smoothly.

(Julie is a member co-opted to the committee until the AGM in December).