Grange Choral's Musical Director


Born in 1983, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Marcio da Silva studied singing and conducting at the Conservatoire de Toulouse, France. He graduated in 2006 with a Diplôme
d'Etudes Musicales in Voice.

In April 2008 he joined the Musikhochschule Freiburg,
Germany, as an orchestral conducting student of Prof.
Scott Sandmeier. He obtained his Bachelor of Music Degree in July 2011.

During his studies he conducted the Pforzheim Kammerorchester, the Orchestra Sinfonica della Magna Grecia, the Horizon Ensemble Bydgoszcz, the Wiirttembergische Philharmonie, the Siidwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Stuttgart Kammerorchester and the Nord Tschechische Philarrnonie.

During this period he was the musical director of the Kirchenchor Münchweier Kirchenchor Oberhausen MGV Hiigelheim1846, Gesangverein Bergeneck and
the choir Som do Brasil.

In 2009 and 2010 he conducted Bizet Carmen and Puccini La Boheme with the UsH Opera Company in the Czech Republic during the European Music Academy under the guidance of Maestro Norbert Baxa.

As a professional conductor he was invited by the Nord Tschechische Philharmonie in
Teplice, Czech Republic and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Minas Gerais, in Brazil.

He was a Leverhulme post-graduate student supported by the Reintamm Award, the Katheleen Fund and the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust. In July 2013 he obtained his masters in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music, in London, in the class of professors Peter Stark and Robin O´Neill.

In January 2012 he was appointed the musical Director of the Grange Choral Society, and now also directs the Hastings Philharmonic Choir, Newham Youth Orchestra, Woodhouse Opera Festival and Ensemble OrQuesta.

He also acts as a composer. His repertoire includes choral a capella pieces, art songs with piano accompaniment and a Te Deum for soloists, chorus and orchestra.

For more information about Marcio da Silva visit, www.marciodasilva.com



Grange Choral Society appointed Christopher Dowie as accompanist in April 2013

Christopher Dowie is well known in Dorset and further afield as an accompanist, conductor, organist and composer.

He was Organ Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford and then, after a period as Director of Music at two Surrey schools, he was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wimborne Minster in 1977.

He continued to hold this post until October 2005, since when he has continued his work as a freelance musician. He has been the Accompanist and Assistant Chorus Master of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus since 1992 and plays organ, piano and harpsichord with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Christopher is Founder-Conductor of Wimborne Choral Society and of the Wessex Singers and has been a Guest Conductor of the Dorset Guild of Singers on several occasions.

His other musical activities cover a very broad spectrum, from "light" music to chamber music, performing "One-Man" evenings of songs, stories and piano music and organising and promoting concerts and recitals for Wimborne Music Society.

His output as a composer includes three cantatas for chorus, orchestra and soloists, some church music and a variety of instrumental pieces.

ENSEMBLE ORQUESTA www.ensembleorquesta.com

Ensemble OrQuesta is the reunion of artists dedicated to performing classical music in all its diversity at the highest level. Created in 2013 the group has already preformed in a variety of genres. It is currently the orchestra in residence at Grange Choral Society, Woodhouse Opera Festival and Hastings Philharmonic Choir.


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Vice Presidents: David Ferns, Anita Hansen