Barry Hodkinson, Musical Director
Barry started learning piano at the age of 6. He took his exams at the London College of Music. At the age of 12 he became organist at his school in Harrow Weald, playing 2 services each week.
During his time at the school he was also a guitarist in a group playing rhythm and blues in local venues. At 17 Barry entered the world of scouts and guides putting on musicals and concerts.
He went on to study music at St Mary’s College, Twickenham majoring in piano, guitar and voice. After qualifying Barry went into musical education for the next 20 years, running many children’s choirs and orchestras.
It was also during this time that he was conductor of the church choir, a position he held for 30 years and also was a member of the West London Vocal Ensemble, making a number of tours including Venice, Prague and Vienna. Barry retired as a headteacher in 1996 and now works as a Facilities Manager running buildings for a large computer company.
Michèle Hodkinson, Choir Manager and Administrator
Michèle started learning the guitar at the age of 13 having already developed a love of music from her parents who enjoyed listening to the big bands and stars of the 50s.
Her interest for organisation lead her to developing a folk group at church for young people and a social fundraising group raising considerable funds for many charities. She also produced and directed Godspell, many variety shows and concerts.
Following on from church choir singing Michèle became a former member of the West London Vocal Ensemble directed by Jean Carter (former Swingle Singer) touring Venice, Prague and Vienna, as well as London events.
Michèle is a nurse by profession currently working in Palliative Care for East Berkshire.