Barry Hawken is the new Musical Director for Imerys Engineering Male Voice Choir.
Born and brought up in the small village of Whitemoor, which lies on the edge of 'China Clay Country', Barry
has taken an active part in music from an early age.
His involvement with music was initially with brass bands and he considers himself extremely fortunate to have been a member of the St Dennis Youth and Senior Bands under the direction of the late Eddie Williams - a period when the Youth Band were unbeaten in the South West and held the title of 'National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain'.
Barry's involvement with choral music began in his mid-twenties when he was asked to lead the singing for a musical production at his local Methodist Church, there following a series of hugely successful annual Musicals which packed the Chapel to capacity night after night.
From the cast of these Musicals, Barry
formed the mixed-voice Choir, Halwyn-a-gan, which draws on the talents of singers from throughout the Mid-Cornwall area and which he
continues to conduct.
Active and energetic in the promotion of choral music, Barry has been heavily involved in encouraging young people to take up singing and has recently been working with the Foundation for Youth Music in local schools and currently has a group of 30 young people who meet on a weekly basis in order to develop their singing potential.
Imerys Engineering Male Voice Choir is delighted to have acquired the services of their accomplished new Musical Director.
Barry Hawken looks forward to working with the choir and building upon its present position.