Rob Elliott, the Founder and Musical Director of the multi-award winning Wessex Male Choir is to step down at the end of the year.
After 12 exciting, busy and very successful years with the choir, Rob, who runs a busy music teaching business in Royal Wootton Bassett, will relinquish his role in December with his final event coming at the Choir’s Christmas Concert at Holyrood Church, Swindon . “This will be very fitting”, said Mr Elliott of Shakespeare Road, Royal Wootton Bassett, “as this was the venue for our first ever International Concert, and it has a special place in my heart” . He went on to add, “it has been twelve amazing years, but there comes a time in every man’s life when he needs a break”.
Formed in 2001 by Mr Elliott, the Wessex Male Choir has won some 20 trophies, including being crowned International Male Choir Champions at the 2011 Llangollen International Eisteddfod. As recently as last month, the choir won for the second time the coveted Gold Cup as the outstanding choir at the Cheltenham Music Festival. Wessex have performed at some of the best venues including Twickenham and Wembley Stadiums, Southwark Cathedral and Central Hall Westminster.
Rob has yet to decide on his own future and whether to return to Wessex after his sabbatical of one year. The choir, meantime, is now seeking an Interim Musical Director to take forward their ambition to perform to the highest standard whilst entertaining audiences across the country. On 13 July, for example, the choir will be performing with Aled Jones in Sheffield City Hall to raise money for Donate Life, the organ donor charity.
There are still a few tickets remaining for the choir’s 12th International Choral Concert at the STEAM Museum in Swindon on 6 July. Their guests will be the 100 strong Pontarddulais Male Choir from Wales and the Colla Voce Youth Choir from South Africa. Tickets for the concert are available via the choir website, from the STEAM Museum in person, or from the Information Office in Swindon Town Centre.