RMVC takes an inclusive approach to decision-making with an annually elected General Choir Committee supporting the team below.

But to misquote John F Kennedy “Think not what the Choir can do for you, but what you can do for the Choir”. With this philosophy we urge every singer to play a part, however small, in the organisation and running of the Choir.


President: Keith Lawrenson

Co-founder of RMVC, Keith Lawrenson uses his winning personality and expertise to great effect to help maintain the harmony of the Choir and build its reputation for professionalism and fun.

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Chairman: Peter Ashby

Picking up the reins from previous great RMVC Chairmen Peter Ashby lost no time in beginning his job of leading the Choir and supporting it in taking the next step forward

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Secretary: Mike Townend

Mike’s expertise and conscientiousness in taking on administrative tasks servicing Choir Committee meetings, and RMVC’s Annual General Meeting, are greatly valued.

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Membership Secretary: Martyn Coombes

The Membership Secretary’s job of keeping everyone informed and updated about who is who, is crucial to the right people being included in the right communications, including global emails and communications filtered through section representatives.

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Deputy MD & Accompanist: Richard Stannard

Richard is an accomplished musician and has taught music for well over 30 years including 18 as the highly respected Head of Music at Thornden School where he also formed the Thornden Community Wind Band.

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Our Accompanist: Brian Budden

An active and highly dedicated musician for the whole of his career, Brian studied music in Huddersfield, before teaching in secondary schools, accompanying choirs and instrumentalists at Music Festivals and concerts and teaching keyboard for Yamaha Music (UK).

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