Steven Kings is conductor of Thornbury Choral Society, Assistant Music Director of Bristol Choral Society and, from 2001 to 2014, has been Assistant Director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales. He has built up a wide range of experience as choral conductor, chorus master, workshop leader and repetiteur, and he has prepared and performed every kind of choral repertoire from the Medieval to the Twenty-First Century. In 2012 he formed New Bristol Voices, a chamber choir with interests in exploring lesser-known music, performing pieces by living (and/or local) composers, and experimenting with freer notations and unusual layouts within the building space.
Steven was educated at the King’s School, Worcester, and studied music at Cambridge University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He now lives in Bristol where in addition to his work with choirs he is very busy as a piano soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, and as a piano teacher. He has also achieved success as a composer, with a number of prizes and commissions to his name. In May 2013 his “Care-Charming Spells” was given its world premiere by Thornbury Choral Society, who commissioned it and to whom it is dedicated.
Sam Bayliss started his association with Cathedral music as a chorister in Worcester Cathedral Choir, on leaving school Sam spent three years as organ scholar at Somerville College, Oxford, where he studied Mathematics and Computer Science. During this period he became organist and choirmaster at St Mark’s Church, Swindon, successfully achieving his ARCO, winning 2 prizes. Whilst working and training as an accountant in London, Sam continued his interests in singing, as a deputy with various professional church choirs and also the BBC Symphony Chorus, performing regularly at the Barbican Centre and the Royal Albert Hall in the BBC Proms. On returning to Worcestershire in 2009, he returned as Director of Music at St Mark’s, as well as singing as a deputy Lay Clerk at both Gloucester and Worcester Cathedrals. In September 2012 he was appointed assistant alto lay clerk at Hereford Cathedral as well as accompanist to Monmouth Choral Society, which he combines with a full time job in finance. As well as the organ, Sam has studied the oboe and the piano, on which he holds the DipABRSM in performance. His other interests cricket and squash.