Musical Director

Martin Bussey is a noted musician and educationist, combining the roles of composer, singer and conductor with his work for the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Martin taught at Chetham’s School of Music from 1988 to 2013, including as Head of Music in the Curriculum and Director of Choirs, performing on disc and at the BBC Proms. Martin sings with and directs The BBC Daily Service Singers, and is a vocal tutor at The University of Manchester.

His work over more than twenty-five years with Chester Bach Singers has seen the development of a chamber choir with a wide repertoire of music, both unaccompanied and 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 music about the sea, was released in June 2009.

Performances of Martin’s compositions have included songs at the Newbury Spring Festival and the London Song Festival, and This Same Jesus in Poland. Mr Hancock’s Letter, performed at the 2013 Ludlow English Song Weekend, was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, as was The Windhover, performed to launch the Southwell Festival of the Arts. Organ music, including Anima Christi and And An Old White Horse… has been performed at major venues such as St John’s College, Cambridge and Temple Church, London. In March 2014 Chester Bach Singers perform his setting of Browning’s The Pied Piper.

Recently released recordings have received enthusiastic reviews, including Through a Glass a recording of songs, by Marcus Farnsworth, James Baillieu and an ensemble directed by Thomas Kemp, to include Garden Songs and Through a Glass, Darkly, released in September 2014 by Resonus Classics. Other recordings include The Song of the Nuns of Chester by Chester Cathedral Choir on Priory Records and Done is a Battle by Southwark Cathedral Girls’ Choir on Regent Records. Tom Bell’s CD Northern Lights on London Independent Records includes several organ works such as Anima Christi and Border Studies.

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