James Davey - Piers Maxim - David Aylett - Thelma King
James Davey - Musical Director and Conductor
Davey is one of the UK's most distinguished and respected
young choral directors, in demand for his work as
conductor, choir trainer, choral education practitioner,
arranger and adjudicator.
graduate of the MA Choral Education course at Roehampton
University, James is Musical Director for; Chantage
- BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year 2006, the Chandos
Chamber Choir, the Aylesbury
Festival Choir, the Fleet
Singers and a number of work-place choirs, including
staff choirs at Channel 4 TV and FreemantleMedia.
the chief choral advisor for the BBC’s sheet
music archives, James regularly conducts and prepares
choirs for broadcasts on TV and Radio, and he is also
a choir trainer for the Royal
College of Music Junior Department, a Guest Conductor
for the National
Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and a tutor for
Choral Week, the Ingenium
Academy and the Sherborne
Summer School of Music.
find out more about James, visit his website –
Piers Maxim - President
Piers became President of Aylesbury Festival Choir in 2004.
He is a former boy chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral; following his Music degree at Cambridge University, he continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London. He has composed choral and instrumental music since the age of 7 – a highlight was a commission for the Millennium eve service of celebration at Southwark cathedral in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
As conductor, assistant and chorus master, he has worked regularly in the opera houses of Europe including the Staatsoper, Berlin, La Monnaie, Brussels and Le Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris. He made his USA debut conducting The Magic Flute in New York in 2007; he then toured South Africa with this production to critical acclaim. In 2010 he conducted the first performance of a staged baroque opera – Handel’s Semele - in China.
In 2011 he was joint winner of the USA Longfellow Chorus Cantata Composition competition and has worked on many other commissions.
As conductor of several English choirs and choruses, including Aylesbury Festival Choir for 6 years, Piers has conducted most of the choral and choral-symphonic repertoire. He is now Director of Music at Great Malvern Priory and Musical Director of Epson Chamber Choir.
David Aylett – Founder
an architect by profession, founded the choir in 1958
as an informal group giving concerts of carols and
Christmas music. This soon grew into a permanent choir
originally named the December Festival Choir which
he conducted for 27 years. He then sang in the tenor
section until 2009 and continued to organise and conduct
our carol concerts for many years.
was Music Adviser to Aylesbury Vale District Council
and organised and conducted a regular series of Music
for Everyone concerts, combining choral and orchestral
works. In 1975 he organised and conducted a performance
of Handel’s Messiah to mark the opening
of Aylesbury Civic Centre. In
2004 in recognition of his services to amateur music
for over 50 years, Making Music gave him the
national Lady Hilary Groves Award.
composed choral and orchestral music and in November
2008 the Aylesbury Festival choir premiered With
Voice Divine, a work for choir, soloists and orchestra
which David composed to celebrate our 50th anniversary
season. You can hear an extract on this web site.
David passed away in September 2014.
Thelma King - Accompanist
has accompanied Aylesbury Festival Choir for many
was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and became
the official accompanist for Leamington Male Voice
Choir and Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society while
still at school. She studied at the Royal Academy
of Music and moved to Buckinghamshire where she taught
for twenty years in Chesham. Thelma is now a full-time
accompanist living in Aylesbury.
coming to the county Thelma has played for Princes
Risborough Music Society, Marlow Choral Society, Chesham
Musical Theatre Company, Halton Singers, Oxford Welsh
Male Voice Choir, Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir
and many festivals and master classes.
and of course Our Members!