Musical Director – Andris Ugulis

Andris

Andris became Fairburn Singers’ Musical Director in October 2015 after his predecessor Nick Garside unfortunately became ill.
Andris achieved his Bachelor degree at the F. Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, formerly known as the Music Conservatory in Riga, Latvia (1989-1993) specialising in choir and symphony orchestra conducting. After gaining his degree he worked as a musical director, choir and symphony orchestra conductor, taking part in many international choir festivals and tours in Italy, Germany, Norway, Finland, Australia, Canada and the USA, both as a conductor and professional choir member. His musical career continued when he moved to the UK in 2009 working as musical director, organist, private vocal coach and piano teacher.
He is currently Director of Music at St. John the Baptist Church in Dronfield, Chesterfield Male Voice Choir and Barnburgh Male Voice Choir. Andris is also the conductor for Castleford Male Voice Choir. When not involved with music, Andris enjoys travelling, playing chess and watching ice hockey.

Accompanist – Mandy Jones

Mandy-Jones

Born and raised in Southport Mandy played the piano for a local ballet school, a professional clown, various amateur dramatic groups and for the Boys Brigade Bible Class on a Sunday morning which was where that she met her husband, Mark with whom she has had two, now adult, children
Resident in Sherburn-in-Elmet for the past 21 years Mandy initially became a schools pianist, eventually (via an HLTA qualification) teaching the whole music curriculum at Victoria Primary School in Leeds.
Mandy is currently on the organist’s rota for Sherburn & Micklefield churches, she has also been the accompanist for Micklefield Male Voice Choir.