DAVID BALL – President
Penzance Choral Society is delighted to have David Ball as their President. David was born and brought up in Cornwall later studying at York University where he received tuition on piano and organ at York Minster. He gained a teaching diploma at Bath University finally moving back to Cornwall and teaching Chemistry at Redruth Grammar School where he helped with school musical activities. David conducted Penzance Orchestral Society for 20 years then moving to the wind section, playing oboe and lately to the strings, playing viola. He is a committee member of the Cornwall Music Festival, a past president of the Cornwall Organist’s Association and has also been honoured by the Cornish Gorsedd, being awarded the Gorsedd Shield for outstanding services to music in Cornwall taking a bardic name meaning ‘Son of Chemistry and Music’.
David regularly plays the organ at St Hilary Church, which he has done since 1966, as well as at Perranuthnoe Church and also on St Michael’s Mount. He has had connections with Penzance Choral Society for many years playing in our orchestra for concerts and also directing the chorus at rehearsals.
TIMOTHY HOSKEN – Musical Director
Tim has been making music all his life. When a student, at Humphry Davy Grammar School, he was a member of the school choir and orchestra, Falmouth Youth Orchestra and the Cornwall Youth Orchestra. His music teacher at Humphry Davy was Russell Jory, who was a past President of Penzance Choral Society.
On leaving school Tim joined the Penzance Orchestral Society, the Cornwall Symphony Orchestra and also played in local Operatic Societies at St Ives, Penzance, Redruth and Falmouth. Tim went on to become Chorus Master of St Ives Operatic Society and then Musical Director, a post he held for seven years. Tim has been involved with local choirs as a singer and accompanist and also formed the St Just Circuit Choir which he conducted for eight years.
Tim has been Musical Director of Penzance Choral Society since September 2000 and is also Musical Director of Four Lanes Male Choir.
In the Summer of 2005 Tim was awarded the Cornwhylan Cross for musical performances which include a religious element. The Cross was presented by the Grand Bard at the 2005 Open Gorseth. The members of Penzance Choral Society are delighted that Tim has received this well deserved award.
Tim was made a Cornish Bard in the year 2008 in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contribution to the Cornish Music scene. His Bardic name is Map ylowek Eglosberyan which means “Musical son of St. Buryan”.
Louise Luing – Accompanist
Louise studied the piano at the Royal Academy of Music and completed her training at Trent Park College of Education in London. She taught music for two years before moving down to Cornwall with her family – taking early retirement! Raising her family has always been her priority in life but she has always been involved with various choirs and singing groups through church and school connections. Over the years she has taught the piano to many pupils but most of all Louise loves to play the piano herself and welcomes the opportunity to accompany Penzance Choral Society.