UCS was founded 1881 – we are the 3rd oldest Choral Society in the UK with a continuous record of making music – a feat matched by very few other societies. We have a fascinating history, including a number of famous names associated with the Society.
UCS is dedicated to singing together to a high musical standard. We pride ourselves on working together to improve our singing techniques, widen our musical knowledge and repertoire and to giving enjoyment to others through our concert performances.
Nigel Morris MA Conducter
Nigel was born in Stoke-on-Trent where he received his early music training before being awarded a Scholarship to the Royal Manchester College of Music, where he studied organ, piano, viola, and voice. He then studied at the Birmingham School of Music under George Miles and was made Organ Scholar at St Chad's ( Birmingham) Cathedral. On graduation, he moved away from a career in music, pursuing a successful career in the police force! Nineteen years later he returned to Birmingham for Post Graduate study and is currently Assistant Director of Music at St Chad's Cathedral together with being President of Birmingham Organists Association and the Chair of the Assistant Cathedral Organists Association.
Helen Chambers BA Accompanist
Helen has taught piano and keyboard and has accompanied for many years, and is UCS's regular accompanist. She has a particular interest in Medieval and Renaissance music and gives talks on the subject. Helen also takes part in an Early Music ensabmble, playing a range of Medieval and Tudor instruments.
David Smith is our Assistant Conductor. He was a choristor at Ely Cathedral where he developed his love for choral music. He toured Europe with this Choir and St Mary's, Warwick. David not only singes baritone in choirs but also conducts and runs them too. It inculdes his own madrigal group, which won a number of awards. Since moving to the MIdlands, he sings with and conducts UCS, sings with a specialist early music group ( Jacobe Chorale) and conducts his local choir in the village of Fradwell. David originally trained in the law before developing a career in insurance.
The committee manages the affairs of the Society and comprises the following people: