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St James's Players Director

Martin Hinckley

Martin Hinckley

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St James's Players

Conducting the
St James's Players

Recital

Conducting the
church choir

The church music emsemble started life as a small group of musicians and singers in 1987 led by Paul Revis, see the page St James's Players. During 1997 Martin took on the job of leading it and gradually it changed from a rock style band to a small orchestra involving families and youngsters, with Martin arranging all the music. The group, now called St James’s Players, continues to accompany and play in the All-age services.

Martin plays clarinet, bassoon and piano and while at school was a member of the National Youth Orchestra, both as a clarinettist and composer. He read music at Cambridge University and holds a further music degree from Durham University. He studied clarinet with Georgina Dobrée and Thea King, and composition with Herbert Howells and Patrick Gowers.

He taught music in a variety of schools for fifteen years before becoming Music Adviser for Redbridge Local Authority, during which time he composed works for children’s choirs and orchestra that he directed at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall. He then became Adviser for Music and Art for Hounslow Local Authority and a schools inspector with Ofsted. He has published three books of musical classroom activities for GCSE, juniors and infants, the last two jointly with his wife Prill, and has just had one his compositions accepted for publication.

Martin took early retirement in 2006 and now has the time to devote to his own musical interests. He plays clarinet and bassoon with a variety of local orchestras and ensembles, including the Richmond Symphonic Concert Band and is Musical Director of the Thameside Clarinet Choir, which he sometimes conducts with his clarinet! He sings in Concordia Voices which is based at St James's.

Between Samuel Draper's departure at the end of 2014 and the appointment of Mark Blackwell as organist in 2015, Martin took on the role of St James's choirmaster, which he had previously filled on a temporary basis in the intervals between permanent organist/choirmasters, whilst also coordinating all the music and liaising with a group of excellent stand-in organists. He continues to sing in the church choir and conduct the st James' Players.

Recital

Conducting children's choirs
at the Albert Hall

Martin Hinckley

Recital

Conducting the
Thameside Clarinet Choir



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