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Terry Waite CBE is the Patron of the Warrington Male Voice Choir.
Born in Styal in Cheshire, Terry Waite was educated at Stockton Heath County Secondary school where he became head boy, so he has strong local connections with Warrington. However, he is most famous for his role in Lebanon in the 1980s. He was the Assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs for the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, and went as an envoy for the Church of England to Lebanon to try to secure the release of four hostages, including the journalist John McCarthy. He was himself kidnapped and held captive from 1987 to 1991. He became Patron of the Choir in 1996 in tribute to the Choir’s humanitarian role, and now frequently supports the choir’s performances in British and Irish prisons, assisting rehabilitation programmes.
Russell Patterson is the Choir's Musical Director.
After graduating in music from Manchester University, Russell became Assistant Musical Director of the renowned Manchester Chorale before accepting the challenge of his present position. He has been Musical Director of the Warrington Male Voice Choir for the past fifteen years, and has led this outstanding choir to festival honours including, most recently, National Champions of Great Britain, several times prize winners at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, and premier male choir at both the Sligo and Bangor International Choral Festivals. He is noted for his own personal brand of wit, and it has become a tradition that his longest and most rambling joke is a feature of the Christmas programme!
Dr Anthony Whittaker is Assistant Musical Director.
Anthony Whittaker has MMus and PhD degrees from the University of Liverpool in composition and he is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In context of that responsibility he has toured Australia, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. Anthony Whittaker began working with the Warrington Male Voice Choir in 1997, as Principal Accompanist and Deputy Conductor. He is a pianist, organist, composer and singer, and has worked as a lecturer and examiner in various colleges and universities in England and abroad. Anthony is married to Stephanie and has two daughters, Charlotte and Amelia.
Helen Everett is the Choir's Principal Accompanist
Educated at Goole Grammar School, Helen graduated with BA Hons in Humanities with Music and is well on the way to securing a Masters degree in Education. Helen lives in Winsford with her husband Mike and their daughter Chloe, and is employed as Pastoral Manager at a local secondary school. She has a particular interest in working with secondary school children who are in danger of being excluded or are disengaged from or dissaffected by the education system. For nine years she has been principal accompanist to the City of Chester Male Voice Choir, and in 2011 took up the challenge of working with the Warrington Male Voice Choir as accompanist. If that were not demanding enough, Helen is also accompanist to the Rivendell Singers.