Musical Director

mbnewMartin Bussey is a noted musician and educationist, combining the roles of composer, singer and conductor with his work for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. He is Director of Choirs at Chetham’s School of Music, conducting the Chamber Choir and Chorus, and working with conductors such as Jac van Steen, Paul McCreesh and David Hill, including on disc and at the BBC Proms. He sings regularly with the BBC Daily Service Singers, and is a vocal tutor at Manchester University.

His work over more than twenty years with Chester Bach Singers has seen the development of a chamber choir with a wide repertoire of music including both unaccompanied and the major repertoire for orchestra and small choir, with particularly admired performances of works by Bach and Handel. The choir’s focus on working with young singers was recognised by a BBC Choral Ambition Award in 2010. Chester Bach Singers’ first CD England’s Glory, a collection of choral music about the sea, was released in June 2009. Martin is Artistic Director of the Ribchester Festival.

Recent performances of compositions have included many major organ works, including ‘And an old white horse…’ and Anima Christi at venues such as St John’s College, Cambridge, and the Temple Church, London. 2009 saw songs from his Housman cycle Blue Remembered Hills performed by Roderick Williams at the Housman 150th birthday celebrations and highlights in 2010 included performances of Garden Songs in Tardebigge, Oxford and Northumberland, This same Jesus in Poland, and performances of Bells!, a new, community-based work supported by funding from the BBC Choral Ambition Award, in Chester and Ribchester.

Martin has a website of his own. Click here to visit him.