Roger Pinsent, who became the choir’s music director in September 2018,  was born and brought up near Leatherhead in Surrey. Shortly after gaining an ALCM in voice at the age of 20, he hitchhiked around Cornwall with his girlfriend and stayed there for 30 years. Having taken a bachelor’s degree in music at Dartington College of Arts, Roger began teaching voice and keyboards part-time with Cornwall Music Service while also playing keyboard in a couple of bands in the evenings and composing for dance in what little spare time he had left. He began conducting Heamoor School choir as maternity cover and fell in love with the thrill of helping others sing in ensemble. After spending six months trawling up and down the motorways of England in the back of a Transit van with a rock band, he thought it best to settle down and so became a full-time class teacher, although also conducting various youth and adult choirs.  While teaching music at Helston Community College, Roger composed a Requiem Mass which the students performed, and he was music director at Treverva and Kerrier MVCs and at Mounts Bay Singers.  Roger returned to Surrey in late 2016 and now conducts two Guildford-based choirs, the Surrey Fringe Barbershop Chorus and the Everyman Choir, as well as CMVC. He is also currently studying for an MMus in conducting at the University of Surrey.  

 

Roger Pinsent - joined CMVC as music director in September 2018

 

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