Our Musical Team
Phil Taylor Paul Fry
Musical Director - Phil Taylor
Born in Cornwall, Phil is a largely self taught pianist & organist after having initial lessons from the age of 10 years. In 1970 he was appointed organist at Saltash Wesley Methodist Church, a position he still holds today.
In 1974, he was appointed Musical Director of Burraton Male Voice Choir, a position he still holds today.
In 1990 he founded and set up a Musical Foundation Trust at Saltash Wesley following the raising of some £38,000 to pay for the reinstatement of the church organ following the completion of the new church. This trust was set up to help finance the provisions of musical instruments, music & assistance to musicians & singers in their studies.
Also in 1990, Phil had an idea & with others set up The Saltash Music Speech & Drama Festival, which he still chairs today, over a 2 week period at the end of January / Early February.
In 1994, Phil became accompanist to the now disbanded Cornwall Police Choir & was invited to be deputy accompanist to the massed Cornish male choirs at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Also, in about 1994, with demise of Wesley church choir, Phil set up the Saltash & District Augmented Choir which is still vibrant today and gave many in the old choir the opportunity to carry on singing.
In May 1995, Phil was honoured by Saltash Town Council by becoming the Town's Citizen of the Year for services to music within the Town.
In 2007, Phil was appointed joint accompanist & organist with the Trelawny Male Choir on its fantastic tour of Singapore & New Zealand & in 2011, Phil conducted The Trelawny Male Choir on its most successful & memorable tour of Canada.
Phil's achievements were recognised by the Cornish Gorsedd, awarding him the "Cornwhylen Cross" for services to music which included a religious element. In 2011, the Cornish Gorsedd honoured him by making him a Bard for services to music in East Cornwall.
In 2012 he was selected by Federation Member Choirs to be one of 4 conductors for the Massed Cornish Male Voice Choirs at The Royal Albert Hall in November 2013.
Over the years, Phil has helped raise many thousands of pounds for many churches, charities, disaster appeals & many different organisations. Hopefully, this will continue for many years to come.
Accompianist - Paul Fry
Paul hails from St. Dominick, near Saltash. He was taught the piano by a Miss Edna Reep, a tutor in the village, from the age of 7 and continued until getting married at 22; sight reading was well developed through the teenage years!!
In the early years Paul played the piano for the Trinity Chapel Sunday School in St. Dominick. He was introduced to the organ at the age of 12 by Mr. Ronald Rickard the organist at the time. Paul was largely self-taught on this instrument and currently occupies the post of organist at Landrake Methodist Church.
In his early twenties Paul helped set up the Harmony Four concert party where he was the Musical Director and accompanist. This group metamorphosised into the Silver Chords when husband and wife team Jean and Bert Laing replaced two of the men.
Paul next moved into the world of Pantomime when he was the Musical Director of "Hats and Boaters"; the Landrake Pantomime group. From this group emerged an all-male entertainment group called The Larrick Lads; of which he is currently the Musical Director. The Larrick Lads performed at the Calor Gas Pantomime end of season awards at the Cornwall Coliseum, on Radio Cornwall with Nina Davey and in the Athenæum Theatre in Plymouth with Len Jackman.
The next outlet of Paul's skills was realised with the setting up of the Saltash Fun Factory, a children's entertainment group, with Edward Jacobs; Head of Music at Burraton County Primary School.
At the beginning of 2014, following the retirement of Muriel Nicholson, Paul became our accompanist; a position which he enjoys very much. He says that his piano playing was stagnating when the call came out of the blue from Phil Taylor inviting him to join the choir. The concerts and the comradery bring a reward for the hours and hours of practise whilst the pleasure of performance increases with each concert.