Our Musical Directors

Soundswell's regular conductor and music director is Dave Machell.  Dave works to build communities through music, and has led us in Soundswell since the untimely death in 2016 of our inspiring Conductor Val Machell.  Dave is following her vision of a choir where singers and non-singers alike can find their true voice and share the sheer joy of singing.
A former Cambridge Choral Scholar, Dave has composed for many amateur and professional groups.  Recent output includes two stage musicals, a horn concerto and an arrangement of "Amazing Grace" for the English Trombone Consort, available on YouTube.

Jane Ashworth has been Soundswell's Assistant Conductor since 2016. She works as a music leader and teacher for various groups and organisations in and around Nottingham, with singers and musicians of all ages.  Also a former Cambridge Choral Scholar, she has sung in choirs for over 30 years herself, and loves nothing more than helping groups of people to grow in confidence and make great music together. She is happy to help continue the amazing work of Val Machell, following Val's mantra that "there are no wrong notes, only interesting variations!"