The founder and previous Musical Director of the Carnegie Singers, Gerald Gillett is one of Cumbria’s most experienced conductors. He has been steeped in the tradition of Church choral music since his appointment at sixteen as organist and choirmaster in Blackburn. He went onto Bretton Hall and the Northern School of Music, Manchester, where he studied organ and composition under the composer Doctor Cyril Christopher.
His teaching appointments have taken him from the South East to Birmingham, where after lecturing in Music at Bordesley College of Education, he moved to Workington in 1972. His successes with the Grammar School Choir, the Workington Boy Singers, and Flimby Male Voice Choir, with radio and television coverage, were typical of choirs he has founded or directed up and down the country, in the course of his teaching and posts as organist at many large churches.
Stephen Hunter-Brown is currently the resident Conductor and Musical Director of the Carnegie Singers. Stephen was born and educated in Lancaster and attended Huddersfield Polytechnic where he studied the oboe with Valerie Lockwood. Stephen then moved to Cumbria in 1984 and has worked as a Teacher of Music in Millom, Whitehaven, Carlisle and Workington.
Stephen is a currently a freelance musician and instrumentalist teacher. Stephen has worked with Operatic Societies in both Millom and Workington, and in 2011 he was nominated for 'Best Musical Director' by NODA North West for Workington Amateur Operatic Society's production of 'Fiddler on the Roof'.
Stephen has been responsible for several firsts with the Carnegie Singers, namely, the first European Tour to Selm, Germany in 1995, and the first Last Night of the Proms-style concert in 2001. The choir revisited Selm in 2001, 2004, and as part of a twinning choir in 2007.