musical director: tom rodgers
Tom Rodgers has been involved in choral music since the mid-1990s when he first started accompanying the Chamber Choir at his secondary school in Hornchurch; it was this choir that gave him a taste for supporting choirs as it took him to Canada on a school tour. At a similar time he accompanied The Sound Company (a local choir). Having achieved a music degree in 2001 Tom worked for some time in Chappell Of Bond Street before taking on his first choral director role in 2006 for the Hornchurch Passion Play. Since then he led a church choir in Tottenham, North London for over twelve years and musically directed the Hornchurch Passion Plays in 2011 & 2015. It was following the final Passion Play that Tom founded the United Singers Choral Ensemble, formed from the members of the Passion Play Choir who wanted to continue singing after the production. In 2018 Tom rescued the Hornchurch “Can’t” Sing Choir from closure as its Musical Director was retiring and they’d found it difficult advertising for a new leader. In September 2021 Tom gained roles in leading the Lennox Productions Choir (supporting the Lennox Children's Cancer Fund) and accompanying the Ingatestone Choral Society.
In January 2020 Tom was very pleased to be given the new challenge of leading the New Essex Choir and was enjoying his first term of leadership with the choir before the COVID-19 pandemic affected all of our lives. After many months, the choir returned to rehearsing and he is now looking forward to his first concert conducting them.
Tom's aim, with all the choirs he leads, is to bring the joy of music to the singers, to teach good technique, develop their confidence in whatever style of music they are presenting and to produce high quality and professional performances. His rehearsals are normally both light-hearted yet intense; this mixture often leads to much laughter and enjoyment. Tom is looking forward to welcoming new members into the choir in 2022!