Andris joined Castleford Male Voice Choir as it's conductor at the beginning of 2015.
He is currently Director of Music at St. John the Baptist Church at Dronfield and as well as being the conductor of CMVC, Andris is also the Musical Director of Chesterfield Male Voice Choir and Barnburgh Male Voice Choir.
Andris achieved his Bachelor degree at the F. Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, formerly known as the Music Conservatory in Riga, Latvia (1989-1993) specialising in choir and symphony orchestra conducting. Afetr gaining his degree, Andris worked as a musical director, choir and symphony orchestra conductor taking part in many international choir festivals and tours in Italy, Germany, Norway, Finland, Australia, Canada and the USA, both as a conductor and professional choir member. His musical career continued when he moved to the UK in 2009 working as musical director, organist, private vocal coach and piano teacher.
When he is not involved in music, Andris's hobbies include travelling, playing chess and watching ice hockey.
Claire Burden was appointed as the choir's accompanist in 2001, following the much-admired Mrs Pamela Firth who had accompanied the choir with such distinction over many years.
Claire started her professional music career as a theatre organist at the tender age of fifteen. She went on to study music at Huddersfield University where she was awarded the Hurst Prize for organ performance as an undergraduate. Under the tuition of Geoffrey Hamilton (piano) and Keith Jarvis (organ) she obtained her Bachelor of Music and a Postgraduate Certificate in Performance. After graduating, Claire won both the senior and advanced organ solo prizes at the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts. Her professional development has continued with John Scott Whiteley, organist emeritus at York Minster.
Claire currently accompanies Castleford Choral Society in addition to Castleford Male Voice Choir, and is the resident organist at both Ferrybridge and Brotherton Churces. She has previously been the organist at Castleford All Saints Parish Church, the accompanist for Goole Choral Society, and the musical director of the Brotherton and Byram Pantomime Society.
Claire has her own private practice teaching piano, keyboard, organ and music theory, with preparatory grades up to Grade 8 and beyond, with students from as young as five years old up to 90. She is a versatile accompanist for solo singers and instrumentalist.
Claire's passion is for music of all styles and ages, and for helping others to share in its enjoyment. For her, there is n place for musical snobbery. She firmly believes that all kinds og music have their place and can be rewarding, particularly when performed sensitively, with integrity and from the heart.
President: Lewis Wood
Vice-Presidents: Ian Jessop
Chairman: Ian Moss
Secretary: Brian Dunderdale
Treasurer: Ian Denton
Librarian: Geoff Eames
Dep. Conductor: David Cook
Stage Manager: Bobbie Greatorex
Attendance Officer: Lewis Wood
Patrons Secretary: Bill Bunton
Uniform Officer: Joe Parton