Chester Ladies’ Choir concert performance

Musical Team

The musical team consists of:

  • Musical Director: Robert Owens
  • Choir Accompanist: Simon Phillips
  • Committee members
Musical Director Robert Owens

Musical Director: Robert Owens

Robert Owens is a 21 year old Welsh Conductor and classical tenor based in Manchester, in his fourth year of undergraduate studies at The Royal Northern College of Music. He currently studies voice with principal study tutor and professional singer and conductor Mathew Best. He has now been studying at the RNCM for six years, as he also studied at the Junior RNCM with the famous Wagner tenor Jeffrey Lawton as his principal study tutor.

Robert started conducting at the age of 14 and went on to work with many choirs across north wales. Currently he is the Conductor for both The Macclesfield Male Voice Choir as well as The Chester Ladies Choir.

On the concert platform, Robert has a varied repertoire and has performed as a guest soloist in many large venues across Manchester and Wales, Robert’s stage experience includes: The international University Production of Iolanthe Chorus 2015 at the Harrogate Royal theatre, RNCM Offenbach La Vie Parisienne Chorus 2016, and RNCM Handel Theodora Chorus 2017.

Choir Accompanist Simon Phillips

Choir Accompanist: Simon Phillips

Originally trained as a clarinettist with Peter Fielding, Simon’s musical career has developed along a path of great variety. As a woodwind specialist (he also plays saxophone and flute), Simon is often found playing in ‘pit’ bands for musical theatre productions. Additionally, he has directed and musically directed a number of stage shows with Tip Top Productions and other groups. He can also be seen acting and singing on stage when a role really takes his fancy!

Simon directed a children’s choir for a number of years and has been a teacher of piano, as well as woodwind, both privately and in schools. These days he is Head of Performing Arts at Christleton High School, in Chester, with responsibility for all things musical and theatrical; a job he describes as the Holy Grail for someone with the varied performance interests he has.

Having joined Chester Ladies Choir in January 2017 as temporary accompanist, he was delighted to accept the role on a permanent basis from Easter and hopes to help the choir go from strength to strength under David’s leadership.