Dorian Kelly: A new MD for The Hepton Singers

Our new Musical Director is Dorian Kelly. Educated at Reading Grammar School, Dorian went on to study trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music Junior Department (part-time), followed by Trinity College of Music (full-time). After leaving college he worked as an instrumental music teacher and a freelance trumpet player (with performance credits including Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Neil Diamond, Jamie Cullum, The Temptations and The Drifters).

In 2005 Dorian relocated from Berkshire to Yorkshire and switched his attention to composition. Since then he has composed and recorded the music for over 30 short films, animations and documentaries and has had over 200 media music tracks published, resulting in usage in the UK, USA, Canada, Norway, Russia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Finland, New Zealand & Singapore, including Sky 1, Sky 2, Discovery Channel, Lion TV and Living TV.

In 2010 Dorian returned to studying and completed an ALCM (Composition) in 2011, followed by an LLCM (Composition) in 2012, as an external student with the London College of Music. During this time Dorian composed numerous choral works (SATB, SSA & TTBB), ensemble arrangements and several music-based educational resources, which are published on his own web site www.modalmusic.biz

He was the musical director for Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir for seven years and the Halifax Cube Choir for over two years.

He is currently the musical director of The Hepton Singers and Saddleworth Male Voice Choir and has recently appointed as MD of The Oldham Choir. He also works as an examiner for Trinity College London, as well as a brass teacher for Bradford Music & Arts Service (including working with groups of hearing impaired children).