In October 1947 about 15 members of the Penn Ratepayers Society met with
the intention of forming a
mixed voice choir. Previous Musical Directors have included Ernest Dain, Terence Bailey and Helen Smith.
About Penn Singers
Musical Director - Ben Batt
Penn Singers welcomed Ben Batt as their new MD in January 2018.
Ben grew up in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and, as a teenager, became very involved at school as an accompanist and musician in assemblies and productions, as well as with his local and regional church choir, where he worked under the direction of professional composer Alan Hawkshaw.
After completing a 1st class BA Honours degree in music, Ben went on to diversify his musical experience. Working in primary school music education between 1999-2014, he has written children’s musicals for the schools he worked in - many of which have been performed several times. He also ran an after-school Keyboard Music Club, making keyboard skills available to large numbers of children. In 2004 he completed a Diploma in Media Composition.
As a peripatetic vocal and piano instructor at Coppice Performing Arts School, he has worked as Musical Director on the school shows, and directed six lower school shows. Since 1999 he has also been a Musical Director and Producer for several amateur dramatic organisations across the area - often conducting at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton, as well Cannock and Walsall.
In 2013 he was selected as part of a composing team for the LDS church's first 'British Pageant' up in Chorley, Lancashire. He has also written many vocal arrangements for the church locally. With a zest for the dynamic power of music to enrich life, Ben continues to enjoy composing, arranging, performing, accompanying, and teaching.
Martin brings with him a range of experience and talent to Penn Singers.
He is currently music co-ordinatior at St Joseph's Church, Merry Hill and has played the organ for services at churches including St Chad’s, Pattingham, Christ Church, Tettenhall Wood and St John’s, Essington.
He is a keyboard player with Maetlive (a Meatloaf tribute band) and keyboard player/vocalist with Minor Third (a pop covers band). He has a varied career as an accompanist which includes playing for candidates in their musical examinations and playing for various choirs and theatre groups. He is also a piano teacher.
We look forward to a long association with him.
Martin Fox - Accompanist
Hon. Vice President: John Whilton
Chair : Anita Morris
Vice Chair: Brian Jeavons
Secretary : Anita Morris
Treasurer: Gordon Stangroom