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CMVC Musical Team

Howard Topper, Conductor and Musical Director.

Howard moved back to Wiltshire in the UK in 2017 from Hong Kong, where he was Conductor of the Welsh Male Voice Choir for the past 8 years, having been a member there for the previous 3 years. Prior to that he was a member of the Nelson Arion Male Voice Choir in Lancashire for 28 years.

Mary Ballard, Accompanist


Mary has lived in the Chippenham area for the past 50 years. She trained at the Royal Academy of Music. Her instruments are piano, cello, oboe and organ.

Mary has been teaching at Secondary and Primary Schools in Wiltshire, which included 17 happy years at Shaw Primary School. She is well experienced with choirs, having, during her career, trained, accompanied and conducted children and adult choirs in Wiltshire, and for a time in Mallorca when she lived there. For several years was Accompanist for the Chippenham Cantata.

Mary is happily married with a grown up family of three, and is delighted to accompany the choir. The choir is delighted to have her!