Gwyneth joined us in 1999 and is our 6th musical director. She is a member of The British Association of Choral Directors and has over 30 years experience conducting church choirs, ladies choirs, children’s choir and, her first love, male voice choirs. She likes a wide range of music both secular and religious.
Before becoming a conductor she had a successful amateur career as a soloist and puts her training to good use when achieving the balanced sound of a good choir.
Under her guidance we have expanded our repertoire, singing music in varying styles, from other cultures and even in different languages! Whilst maintaining the highest standards of singing, her philosophy is that music making should be fun.
About our Badge
The Badge/Logo of Tickhill & District Male Voice Choir was symbolically designed to represent both the historic town of Tickhill and a male voice choir.
The castellated top of the badge represents the remains of the Norman Motte and Bailey castle.
In the centre is a symbol for the 18th century Buttercross Rotunda, situated in the Market Place.
The wavy lines, underneath the Rotunda, symbolise the Mill Stream Pond.
A treble and bass clef, distinguish the choir as a male group of singers, with the choir title abbreviated at the base of the design.
The outer shield adds to the historic flavour of Tickhill, a community in South Yorkshire with a town status since the 12th century.
The shield shape also makes a suitable shape to have embroidered onto uniforms.
Tickhill and District Male voice choir was founded in 1961 as a village choir in Tickhill near Doncaster , South Yorkshire. As the membership grew and began to recruit people who lived outside Tickhill, the name of the choir was changed to its present name. Among the founder members of the choir were Mr Dudley, Bert Pike, Ted Webster, Cyril Hulley, Ossie Taylor, Jack Birchby, George Evans and David Athey. The choir was conducted by Peter Mansell. Since then there have been five Musical Directors: - Ralph Jack, Richard Sales, Alwyn Rattenbury, Patricia Place and its present Musical Director Gwyneth Platts.
The choir exists for the enjoyment of singing and to keep alive the tradition of four part harmony. Practices are held in Tickhill’s Methodist Church on Northgate at 7.30pm every Monday (except Bank Holidays). Under its Musical Director Gwyn Platts and their accompanists Geoffrey Cox and Janet Skinner the choir perform both fee-earning and charity concerts.
The choir is a member of the National Association of Choirs and the Doncaster Association of Choirs and has taken part in large events at York Minster, Sheffield City Hall, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and at the Royal Albert Hall “Festival of Brass and Voices” in aid of Cancer Research UK. In addition, over the years, concerts have been performed at venues in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Essex, West and East Yorkshire. Shared concerts with ladies’ choirs, brass bands and barbershop choruses are also part of our musical experience.
We stage an annual and a Christmas concert every year and perform on average another five concerts within the year either for Charity or as the result of being booked for a function. The repertoire extends to many kinds of music including opera, sacred music and spirituals as well as modern popular songs and songs from the musical shows.
During the last twelve years Gwyn, our Musical Director, has added depth and diversity to the choir repertoire. She has polished and honed our singing techniques to a very high standard (not easy with a group of men with different musical experiences).
Accompanist - Geoffrey Cox
Originally from London, I lived with my grandparents in Shropshire from 1939 to 1945. I would cycle with my grandfather to village chapels where he would take the services and often have to play the organ. When I reached the age of 13, he thought I could play for the hymns and I have done so ever since. I remained in London until 1961 and played the organ at the Baptist churches in Manor Park and Barking and the choral festivals held each September. For three years, I played at the Baptist church in Stratford on Avon.
I moved to Beverley in 1961 playing at the Baptist church and also on the magnificent organs in the Minster and St. Mary’s. In 1964, I moved to Bawtry where I was a Doctor until 1998. I was invited to play for some services at Finningley parish church and continue to do so, and also now play for some services at Tickhill Methodist church. In 1980 I agreed to accompany the Tickhill and District Male Voice choir until they could find an accompanist! I am still with them, but fortunately in recent years, not on my own.
Accompanist – Janet Skinner
Janet became one of the accompanists for the choir in 2011. She began her musical training as a pianist and then also studied the French Horn which led to the award of LRAM from the Royal Academy of Music. Much of her career was spent in schools, teaching the full range of brass instruments, and training and conducting school choirs and orchestras. She was also a tutor for several Youth Orchestras. During this time she also performed regularly as a professional horn player in and around Yorkshire and the North East.
In recent years, Janet has rekindled her love of the piano and has been a Church organist and keyboard player. Her lifelong love of music has now led her to fulfil a childhood ambition to learn to play the Harp. She is delighted to be associated with the male voice choir and enjoys the wide repertoire performed.