More about us

Hilary Newman, our musical director 2020-

Once again, Hilary has taken up the baton following Deryck's retirement.  We are very grateful to her in taking on the challenge of bringing out the best in the choir and guiding us forward.

Deryck Hanchett, musical director 2015-2020


Deryck has spent much of his life immersed in music, either in brass bands, orchestras or choirs.  Whilst living in Brighton he joined the Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir, becoming deputy conductor, before moving as conductor to the Brighton Male Voice Choir, where he had considerable success at local events and festivals.  He moved to Chippenham in 2003, and joined the Marshfield Band as their bass trombone player.  When the opportunity to join MMVC became available he immediately took it, and greatly looks forward to using his experience & sense of fun to continue to develop the choir. 

Hilary Newman, musical director until mid-2015.


Hilary trained in classical singing at the Birmingham Conservatoire whilst studying Biology at Aston University.  She has sung several operatic roles, and in choirs.   She is a Performance Associate of the Royal College of Music, and a qualified music teacher.

Sarah Bartlett, our accompnaist 2020-

We are enormously grateful that Sarah has stepped into the role of playing for us.  It is wonderful having such a skilled performer supporting Hilary and helping us to make the most of our performances. 

Joy Cheverton, our accompanist. 2013-2020


Joy hails from Cardiff, where she studied piano at the College of Music & Drama, and plays to Grade 8 standard.  She was a church organist, and ran a childrens choir.  Thirty years ago she crossed the bridge to live in Chipping Sodbury, where she has been heavily involved in the music scene in the Baptist chapel and as Musical Director of Sodbury Pantomime, as well as providing music therapy for children with special needs.  A retired senior civil servant, Joy has two sons and four grand-children.


Gillian Wells, guest Soprano.


In July 2013 Gillian graduated as a soprano on the vocal and opera studies course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In Summer 2011 and 2012 she was accepted on an Italian Opera course in Puglia, where she enjoyed studying the roles: Susanna – Le Nozze di Figaro, Norina – Don Pasquale, Despina – Cosi Fan Tutte and Servilia – Clemenzadi Tito. Over the years Gillian has performed regularly as a soloist in a large number of venues in the area. In July 2013 Gillian helped to raise over £1,000 for Tormarton church in her sell-out homecoming concert. Other highlights have been her performance as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Clifton College Chapel in 2012; and her role as Adele from Die Fledermaus in a Gala Concert at The Porthcawl Pavilion, performing alongside members of the Welsh Sinfonia Orchestra following a week’s intensive work with international conductors and directors.


Luana Godwin, guest Soprano.


Luana is in her final year of a Bachelor of Music degree at Edinburgh University, and has achieved ABRSM Grade 8 in both voice and piano.


Will Snell, guest musician.


Will started tenor horn at Marshfield primary school, and played with Marshfield Band.  At age 12 he switched to the French horn and now plays with the West Wilts Concert Band.  He also plays football and supports Aston Villa.


Rebecca Snell, Guest Soloist.


Rebecca is a musician, student, and "Marshfielder".  She plays piano and cello, and enjoys singing and writing/arranging music in a variety of styles. She has taken part in many Marshfield Players' productions for over twelve years, including co-directing Snow White in 2015. She wrote, directed and performed in Turncoat (a cabaret opera) for the Chippenham Festival od Arts in 2014.




Kaija and James Brunyate

Kaija & James joined us for our Peggy Dodd concert in 2016.

Kaija started singing lessons when she was 12 and in 2015 achieved a Level 4 Diploma in Musical Theatre Performance. She has performed numerous main roles in school productions and has been involved in Act Now! with Pound Arts Centre in Corsham. Being interested also in costume and set design, she hopes in the future to work either on stage or behind the scenes in film and theatre.

James is studying A-Level Music in Sheldon School. He started piano lessons at the age of 11 and has recently taken up the violin. He regularly participates in local string groups and ensembles. His many passions include Mathematics and Physics and he is currently carrying out an extended project to further investigate the links between Maths and Music.