Macclesfield Mydel Choir

Cillian Donaghy - Musical Director

Dan Chappell - Accompanist

Mabel Harvey - President

Mabel is our longest serving member who joined the choir on its formation in 1947!  She has seen many changes within the choir and has remained a loyal and supportive member throughout.  Mabel is known for her marmalade making, selling pots to fellow members and raising a large sum of money every year to go towards choir funds.  She continues to be a valued member of the alto section.

Over 65 years of song

The choir began its life in 1947 as the Dormel Singers under the direction of its founder Dorothy Mellor.  The choir quickly established itself as Macclesfield’s foremost ladies choir.  Over the years the choir has featured many acclaimed soloists and guests including the late Roy Castle and the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.  Dorathy Mellor retired in 1970 and the choir was renamed Mydel from the old name for Macclesfield.  Mrs Mellor was succeeded by several conductors, Sheila Kent being the most recent.  Sheila has now retired following 18 years service as musical director and the choir have been very fortunate to welcome the talented Aimee Presswood as her replacement.

Having recently graduated from the University of Manchester, Cillian has one more year of studying voice with the Royal Northern College of Music as part of the prestigious joint course. As a conductor Cillian currently directs the Manchester Medic’s Orchestra, Mydel Ladies Choir and is looking forward to being iinvolved with the Hallé Corporate Choirs. Previous musical directing includes Voiceworks’ Oliver! & Annie, South Manchester Amateur Operatic’s Society’s The Mikado, Assistant Musical Director for University of Manchester’s Musical Theatre Society’s Sweeney Todd and Grease and has worked as an assistant musical director with Youth Music Theatre UK. Previous roles in productions have included, Acis (Acis & Galatea), Bobby (Company), Jean Valjean (Les Miserables), Motel (Fiddler on the Roof). Through his choral experience Cillian has enjoyed singing with the National Youth Choir, Hallé Youth Choir, RNCM Chamber Choir and Manchester Chamber Choir, Melodico Chamber Choir and has enjoyed both solo and choral experience with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. The autumn of 2016 will see Cillian working again in Norway with the Edvard Greig Kor in Bergen National Opera’s production of Bellini’s i Capuleti e i Montecchi. Whilst not singing or conducting Cillian also works as a freelance rehearsal pianist and celtic harpist. Aside from performing, Cillian is also the co-director of Voiceworks, a youth production company which produces full-scale musical productions annually and has recently opened performing arts classes.

Daniel is a Salford-born pianist and composer based in Manchester. Attending the prestigious Chethams’ School of Music from the age of 11, he won numerous composition prizes and performed across the UK and Europe, before continuing on to read music at the University of Manchester, graduating in 2014. Whilst an undergraduate he was an active performer and composer.  He sat on the Manchester University Music Society committee and was a mentor for both current and prospective University students. Meanwhile, his enthusiasm for both travel and music-making led him further afield to a four month period at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a pianist with both the Illinois Modern Ensemble and Illini Student Musicals.

Since graduating, Daniel has performed with the London Sinfonietta Academy under Pierre-Andre Valade, and worked as a pianist and repetiteur with Melos Sinfonia.  He recently performed in the Russian premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies’ seminal work ‘8 songs for a Mad King’ in St Petersburg, as well as freelancing around the North-West.