New Musical Director Announced

Following the departure of Ian Higginson our Musical Director of 30 years in January, CCS embarked on a recruitment process early this year for his successor.  During the interim we have been very fortunate to work with Paul Collacott, conductor of the Minster Singers, Cheltenham.  We thank them both for their care and dedication to us and wish them the best in their musical futures.

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Alexander Thacker as our Musical Director, from September 2019.  Alex is a talented and dedicated musician and the conductor of several musical groups.

We very much look forward to welcoming Alex to our Bethesda rehearsals on Wednesday evenings and to work with him towards the future development of our Choral Society.

We present below a résumé of Alex’s qualifications and work:


Alexander Thacker, MMus, BMus(hons), will be taking on the appointment as Musical Director of Cheltenham Choral Society from September 2019. Originally from Leicester, he has degrees in both Choral Conducting and Composition from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). His tutors in Choral Conducting were Sarah Tenant-Flowers and Adrian Partington.

Alex is Musical Director of Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society, having worked previously as Associate Conductor for them. He also conducts the Cavatina Singers, Penarth and has been Director of Music at the Church of St Andrew and St Teilo, Cardiff for eight years. Alex has regularly worked as a deputy conductor for the Cardiff Polyphonic Choir, Cardiff University Chaplaincy Choir, Llysfaen Singers, Canton Chorus and Llandaff Cathedral itself. He worked as Chorus Master for RWCMD’s most recent production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, performed at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. Alex has also sung for Opera’rDdraig, Pocket Opera and many local Cathedral Choirs.

In 2011, Alex graduated in composition (RWCMD), winning the Mervyn Burtch Composition Prize. He has had pieces performed in Wales, England and the USA. Strongly committed to Choral Music, Alex has a keen passion for music of today, having performed world premieres of pieces by Welsh Composers, Ben Heneghan and Ian Lawson. A long-term enthusiast for the music of Holst & Vaughan Williams, Alex feels extremely privileged to be working with Cheltenham Choral Society with the town’s strong links to these giants of English music.

– Sue Hartland, Chair