Musical Director

Alan Eost, Musical Director & Conductor

Bakewell Choral Society appointed Alan Eost as our new Musical Director and Conductor in January 2013. He has extensive experience as a performer, teacher, organist and choirmaster.
At 15, Alan became one of the youngest ever Associates of the Royal College of Music and, two years, later an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. He read Mathematics and Music at Cambridge gaining an M.A degree and, a year later, gained his Cert. Ed. from the London University Institute of Education
Alan taught Music at King Edward VII School, Sheffield, and then became Head of the Music Department at the school in 1980. Since 1987 he has worked as a freelance musician as a teacher and performer and taught piano at Sheffield University until 2006. He is a member of staff at the Sheffield Music School.
He has performed professionally as a pianist, organist and harpsichord player both as a soloist and an accompanist to singers including Elizabeth Watts and Margaret McDonald. He has worked with the City of Sheffield Girls’ Choir, the National Youth Choir and several Choral Societies in the North Midlands and North of England.
He has been Organist and Choirmaster of several Sheffield churches including a long association with St. John’s Church, Abbeydale. He has been the Conductor of Hallam Singers, the madrigal group Cantores, Endcliffe Orchestra, Doncaster Choral Society and continues as the well-known Musical Director and Conductor of Sheffield Oratorio Chorus.