Officers

Details of some of the Society’s officers are given below. For contact information, please see the contacts page.


Chairman – Fred Jones
Fred Jones
Fred joined the Choir in 1975 along with several other members, following the demise of the ICI Choral and Orchestral Society at ICI in Blackley, where he worked. He has been Chairman since 1992, and concert manager for much longer than that. His leadership, wisdom and sheer hard work have been instrumental in the development of the Society as not only a performing body but also a caring and involved community of people.

Musical Director – Nigel Wilkinson
Nigel Wilkinson
Nigel Wilkinson became musical director of Oldham Choral Society in 1998.Nigel was born in the mill town of Nelson in North East Lancashire, and developed a love for music at an early age. Whilst still at school he held the post of church organist and sang with the world renowned Nelson Arion Male Voice Choir – where he developed his keen interest in choral singing.His musical training took him to Manchester where he studied singing with Patrick McGuigan at the R.N.C.M., eventually graduating with Honours, before entering the field of Music Education. He is currently Head of Expressive and Performing Arts at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form in Burnley. Prior to this he was Director of Music at St Hilda’s R.C. High School in Burnley, where he ran a flourishing dept. and a choir that won the BBC “Song for Christmas” Competition.In a career notable for its diversity, he has conducted stage works ranging from “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Barnum” to “Cavalleria Rusticana”, virtually all the major oratorios, and – in his former capacity as conductor of the East Lancs. Youth Orchestra – a wide variety of orchestral music. Under his guidance, the orchestra enjoyed successful European tours, including a performance in “La Madeleine”, and in 1996 he led them to the last 6 of the Sainsbury’s National Youth Orchestra Series.As Musical Director of the Burnley and District G & S Society, (1981 – 1997) he conducted not only all the major works of Gilbert and Sullivan, but also works by Johann Strauss, Offenbach and others, and was the recipient of major awards when the group entered the prestigious Waterford International Festival of Light Opera in 1988 and 1989. He also had a successful spell as conductor of the acclaimed Nelson Civic Ladies Choir, Outside music he has a keen interest in history, the arts and travel. He is a keen follower of Lancashire C.C.C., and a long-suffering Burnley F.C. supporter.

Accompanist – Angela Lloyd-Mostyn
Angela Lloyd-Mostyn
Angela studied for a degree in music at the University of Leeds and the Saxion Conservatorium, winning Ernest and Luther performance scholarships and two concerto competitions. She graduated in 2004 with a first class honours degree. Subsequently, the Worshipful Company of Musicians presented Angela with a prestigious Allcart Award. In 2005 she graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, with a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Performance, in Piano Accompaniment. She won the 2005 Granada Prize for chamber music with her contemporary music trio NYX, and was also awarded the both the Stella Bradshaw Award for Piano Accompaniment and the W. Holmes & Saville Prize for Lieder.
Angela enjoys a busy and varied career as a freelance accompanist, soloist, opera repetiteur and orchestral pianist. In addition to her regular posts working as an accompanist for Leeds College of Music, Manchester High School for Girls and Oldham Choral Society, Angela enjoys collaborative projects with composers and has premiered a number of exciting new works.

Patron – Jeffrey Lawton
Jeffrey Lawton
Jeffrey Lawton was born in Oldham and studied privately at the Royal Northern College with Elsie Thurston. After several years in business, he joined the chorus of the Welsh National Opera, where he very soon became a principal contract artist. During the ten years that he was their principal tenor, he performed over 20 roles, including the great ones of Otello, Siegfried in ‘The Ring’, Aeneas in ‘The Trojans’, and the title role in ‘Tristan und lsolde’. He has also sung many times for Opera North, Scottish Opera, and, of course, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He became closely associated with the works of Wagner, Richard Strauss and Janacek, as well as the role of Otello.During his performing career he appeared regularly across Europe, Canada and Israel and in 2000 he made his American debut with Chicago Opera and in 2001 his Argentine debut at Teatro Colon – both as Tristan. His concert appearances included performing with most of Britain’s finest orchestras and in major festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival and three Albert Hall proms; he also appeared regularly on TV and radio. He is now a principal tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music.Jeffrey has performed many times with Oldham Choral Society and in the early 1990s was invited to become Patron after the death of Dame Eva Turner. He has worked very hard for the Society, using his contacts to procure a succession of first-class soloists for performances, almost all of which he attends. He was instrumental in the appointment of Nigel Wilkinson as Musical Director.