Music Team

Whilst the members of Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus are all amateur singers, we are blessed to have the services of some of the most talented musical professionals on the south coast. Their musical arrangements are unique to BrightonGMC and form a vast repertoire that covers pop, musical, classic and classical scores

Marc Yarrow
Artistic  Director

Award winning Musical Director and Conductor, Marc Yarrow, started his professional career working for the BBC at the age of 11 as a singer, recording for adverts, singing with choirs and performing with orchestras in various prestigious venues across the country.

Having trained as a classical conductor, Marc has over 15 years experience working with bands, choirs and orchestras alike. As a choral conductor, Marc has experience with adult and youth choirs and has a wide repertoire of both classical and more popular music. As a conductor, Marc has toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe and has performed in many of the great venues of the UK including the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Birmingham Symphony Hall, Millennium Centre (Cardiff) and the O2 Arena (London).

Marc has worked alongside names such as Russell Watson, Lee Latchford-Evans, Ian “H” Watkins, Bobby Crush, Denise Nolan, Robin Cousins, June Brown, Claire Sweeney, Jon Lee (S Club 7), Brian Blessed and many more!

As a theatre MD, Marc has conducted many musical productions including Cabaret, We Will Rock You, Our House, The Wedding Singer, Copacabana, Rent, Bare, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Pippin to name but a few. Marc has also been the Musical Director on professional pantomimes including Aladdin (PHA Pantos), Jack and The Beanstalk (PHA Pantos), Sleeping Beauty (PHA Pantos) and Snow White (QDOS Pantos).

Marc is also the resident Musical Director for Shoreham Oratorio Choir, PZAZZ Singers in Chichester and Crawley Millennium Concert Band.

Marc has been an Associate Lecturer in Music and Musical Theatre at The University of Chichester since 2013. Marc is in high demand as guest conductor and MD and also runs workshops in schools and stage academies. He is also a highly accomplished Vocal Consultant and often runs training days for Singing Teachers all over the country. He regularly adjudicates for choral competitions, singing festivals and musical championships around the UK and Marc has Level 1 and 2 Estill Voice Training and Level 1 and 2 Equality and Diversity Training.

Tim Nail
Deputy Musical Director

Tim was born in Wiltshire and grew up in Scotland where he studied music at Glasgow University. He went on to study music therapy at the Guildhall School in London before moving to Sussex where he now lives with his partner. He works extensively in the south east as a teacher, accompanist and repetiteur. He also composes and has written a Mass, a Requiem, a short one-act opera, several choral pieces and solo songs.

He works with the Brighton Chamber Choir, the Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus for which he does a lot of arranging, and also with Heber Opera where he conducted performances of Acis and Galatea, Savitri and Suor Angelica. Their recent production of Gounod’s Faust was well received at venues all over Sussex. He also works with Neil Jenkins and his ensemble the NJ Chorale. He is one of the regular House Pianists at the AIMS Summer School held each year at Eastbourne College. He has performed with Stefan Holmstrom and his ensembles Resound and Rebelles. He is a regular pianist at Jackdaws Educational Trust in Great Elm where he works with Penny Jenkins.

Tim and Stefan recently gave a song recital featuring the works of Faure, Sibelius and Vaughan Williams which was very well received. In January 2016 Tim started working as the accompanist for Shoreham Oratorio Choir with their new MD Marc Yarrow.

March 2017 saw the first performance of his Stabat Mater by the Brighton Chamber Choir conducted by the composer. It was written for female voices and four instruments (Cor Anglais, French Horn, Cello and Harp) and was very well received.

Joe Paxton
Assistant Musical Director

Joe is a Brighton based Music Director, currently reading for a Ph.D. in Music at Sussex University. His research focuses on communication and interpretation in early ensemble performance. He holds an MMus. in Musicology from the University of Southampton and B.A.(Hons.) in Music Performance from Coventry University.

Joe was fortunate enough to study conducting under Guy Woolfenden OBE, formerly of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Piano under the tutelage of Dr Julian Hellaby. Joe teaches on the undergraduate music course at the University of Sussex. He also provides private tuition in conducting and musicology.

Joe is Co-Musical Director of the Brighton Early Music Festival Community Choir and recently directed a community performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Red Priest. The group has also been collaborating with the Spanish early music specialists Resonet, performing in Brighton and Santiago de Compostella.

In 2014 Joe founded Opera Alumnus, a Brighton based opera company bringing together the best early career professionals in the industry. The company had a successful run of Handel’s Alcina in 2016 and is currently planning an all female production of La Boheme.

More recently, Joe has been appointed Musical Director of Arun Choral Society and has began leading them in a program of Haydn’s Requeim and smaller works by Vivaldi.

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