Our conductor Lloyd Buck studied at the Royal College of Music in London, and later at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he graduated with distinction under the tutelage of Paul Janes.
Since his appointment in 2013, Lloyd has challenged us with a wide range of programmes, including some new and exciting music – notably Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of The Year, which we performed to great acclaim in May 2014, and Bob Chilcott’s Five Days that Changed the World, which was a great success at our May 2019 concert. Lloyd says, “Whilst I intend to uphold the tradition of singing some of the great choral masterpieces, I aim to continue broadening the Choir’s repertoire with new works by both well-known and less familiar composers. However, it will all be fun to sing! If you’ve ever enjoyed singing (or been inspired by Gareth Malone!), do give the Choir a try. Everyone is very friendly and will make you feel immediately welcome”.
In addition to his position with The Barnby Choir, Lloyd is Musical Director of the Ellesmere Port Music Society, whom he has conducted in performances with the Wirral Philharmonic Orchestra and the Port Sunlight Lyceum Brass Band. Previously he was MD of the Wrighton Vale Choral Society from 2008 to 2010, and for ten years he conducted a small a cappella choir near Bristol. He is also deputy conductor and accompanist for Vocal Expressions – a ladies’ choir based near Holmfirth.
Lloyd is also a virtuoso piano soloist, accompanist and composer. One of his choral motets appears on the CD Excelsior, released by Amemptos Music, a small company based in the Derbyshire Peak District (http://www.amemptosmusic.co.uk/). Amemptos have also released CDs of Lloyd playing the piano music of the Ukrainian composer Bortkiewicz, and the French Jewish composer Charles-Valentin Alkan. For more information see http://www.lloyd-buck.co.uk