Our Committee
Leading the Choir Forward
 
Sir Peter Ellwood CBE DL
President

Sir Peter Ellwood and his family moved to Northamptonshire when he joined Barclaycard, having worked for Barclays Bank in the City for several years. After Barclaycard he moved to the TSB Bank rising to the position of Group Chief Executive of the Lloyds TSB Group. After retiring as a banker in 2003, he became Chairman of ICI plc and subsequently Chairman of Rexam plc. He was also for many years Chairman of Visa International. His focus now is on the charity sector: he chairs the research group at St Andrew’s Healthcare, and is Chairman of the Trustees of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He describes himself as an extremely ordinary, if enthusiastic, violinist and a great fan of the Northampton Bach Choir, with whom he is very proud to be associated. Peter was Knighted in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List, and holds honorary doctorates from Leicester University and University of Central England.

 
The Northampton Bach Choir is delighted and honoured to have Sir Peter Ellwood CBE as our President. Sir Peter is our figurehead in the region, and a genial and hands-on presence at our concerts and events. The choir is administered by a voluntary committee made up of choir members. The committee is headed by the Chairman, with Secretary, Treasurer and Concerts Manager as officers; the Musical Director serves on the committee ex officio. The committee meets six to eight times a year, and is responsive to feedback from choir members, our ‘Friends’ and our audience members.
Jonny Alms
Chairman

Jonny Alms is an International Trade Advisor for the Government, supporting businesses with their export strategies. A Mechanical Engineer, he studied at The Sorbonne in Paris and at Loughborough University, before doing a Commission in the Army as a tank commander. His career in industry has taken him to Japan, France, and Germany, and he has a strong affinity with France, where his youngest son was born. His love of music started with the piano and the school choir, after which he took a 30 year break (apart from singing Jerusalem and God Save The Queen) before joining the Bach Choir as a somewhat rusty tenor.

 
Sheila Moakes
Secretary

Sheila Moakes is a retired Director of Nursing who worked in the Middle East and is now semi-retired, consulting in Health Care Planning both in the UK and overseas. Sheila came to singing through a church choir and sang with numerous choirs in whichever expatriate community she found herself. She enjoys a wide variety of music, and now sings tenor with NBC. In her retirement she is studying the Theory of Music and has, so far, advanced through Grade 5 in ABRSM exams. In other spare time Sheila is a Foundation Governor at a local school and is involved in her local church. As Secretary she is responsible for the paperwork associated with the day-to-day administration of the choir.

 
Tim Daily
Treasurer

Timothy Daily has been singing Choral music for over 30 years and holds the Royal School of Church Music’s Bishops Chorister award. He has until recently sung in the church choir of St Peter & St Pauls Church Olney as well as singing with the Northampton Bach Choir with his wife Jenny. He is also the Treasurer and Concert Manager of the Newport Pagnell Singers. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. Professionally he is a Financial Adviser and an Estate Planning Consultant owning and running, with his wife, two Companies specialising in Financial Services and Legal Services which are both based in Milton Keynes.

 
Mark Gibson
Joint Concerts
Manager

Mark Gibson started singing in choirs at the age of eight, and joined the Northampton Bach Choir before going up to University in Nottingham, where he sang in the University Choir under the baton of the extrovert Ivor Keys. Mark later rejoined the Northampton Bach Choir, and has been privileged to sing under such maestros as John Bertalot, Michael Nicholas and Stephen Cleobury. He conducts his own chamber choir and has acted as chorus master training church choirs, the New Phoenix Chorus and the Wensum Camerata. His professional life was spent as a chartered Civil Engineer and when not involved in music activities he has a particular interest in a preserved narrow gauge steam railway in mid Wales.

 
David Tristram
Joint Concerts
Manager

David Tristram is a retired secondary head teacher, with a background in Classics and Ancient Civilisation, who now works with the University of Northampton. Although blues music is still a passion, David got the choral music buzz as a founder member of the Wisbech Choral Society and after singing with Louth Choral Society, he graduated to the real thing with Northampton Bach Choir. David was Chairman of the choir until March 2020, and is now shadowing the Concerts Manager in preparation for stepping up next year.

 
Crawford Craig
Membership Secretary

Crawford Craig is a retired secondary maths teacher. Crawford sang in his school choir as a pupil and then, except for occasional lapses, did not sing again until after he retired, when his wife persuaded him to join the NBC. Taking a voice test (which involved singing to a proper musician he’d barely met!) was a major psychological hurdle. In truth, of course, the hurdle was inside his head, and Lee was as friendly and encouraging as it was possible to be. Since retiring Crawford has become a proud grandfather, a keen cyclist and an active member of Spratton Local History Society.

 
Judy Ellwood
Friends Secretary

Judy Ellwood has taught in colleges, run day courses in her home on a variety of topics and taken groups to Italy looking at art. She is a Patron of the British Red Cross, of which she was County President for nearly a decade. She had piano lessons as a child, but liked “playing by ear” far too much! She has sung with a number of choirs, but for over twenty-five years she has loved learning and performing beautiful music with the Northampton Bach Choir. She enjoys looking after the Friends’ of the Northampton Bach Choir – over sixty members and rising! – and is committed to nurturing the valuable contribution they make to the choir and its activities.

 
Iain Erskine
Librarian

Iain Erskine has lived in and around Northampton all his life. He is now retired after careers in manufacturing and distribution, and he holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College, London. He is a keen cyclist, and has enjoyed many long-distance trips taking him through almost all of Europe as well to India and Cambodia. More recently his wanderlust has moved into planning routes and travelling them by train all across Europe. He has held the rôle of Choir Librarian since 2020, though he has served as a Choir Librarian on two occasions with other groups - quite a track record! He has sung tenor since his time at Wellingborough School, through University, and throughout his life in Northampton.

 
Maureen Trent
Committee Member

Maureen Trent started singing in adolescence in a London church choir. Then followed a decades long hiatus when she sang nothing except nursery rhymes with infants in her career as a teacher. She joined a Northampton church choir in the 1990’s and loved singing anthems. In 2004 she received the RSCM adult Advanced Award, with Honours, just before her voice mutated into alto. Working part-time for the University of Northampton allowed for more leisure and she joined the Northampton Bach Choir in 2005. She enjoys being the voice part representative for the first altos, and hopes to be a useful committee member.