Francis Wells Deputy Music Director

 Francis has been taking our rehearsals, and indeed took us through most of our Concerts to date, sharing the rostrum with Elizabeth during her illness and overseas tour to Sicily.

The Choir has been most fortunate and is very grateful for Fran’s guidance, tuition, and work; in helping us progress with our music. Fran has kindly agreed to join the Choir’s professional team as Deputy Music Director until we can engage a full-time replacement for Elizabeth.

Francis is a well-respected and talented music director and singer in the Sheffield area.

He came to Sheffield in 1980, having begun his singing career in a church choir near Enfield. He continued to hone his skills at secondary school and university, becoming a much sought-after Baritone. He has sung with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, The Holly Singers under the direction of Harry Christophers as well as many local choirs.

During the 40 years he has lived in Sheffield he has conducted St. James’s Norton church choir, Escafeld Choral, Cawthorne Choral Society, Sheffield Boys Choir, Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir and Dore Male Voice Choir. Each have had their own challenges and successes and have all flourished under the enthusiastic baton of Francis.

Fran is married to Kathryn, an early year’s teacher and singer in her own right, and has 4 children.

He enjoys gardening, cooking for cubs and driving around Europe.

Mackenzie Paget Accomanist     

Welsh concert pianist Mackenzie Paget has an extremely diverse career as a working pianist. Having graduated with distinction in masters in pianism from the Royal Northern College of Music, Mackenzie has sought to expand his scope of musical strengths further, into the likes of ballet pianism and teaching. He regularly gives recitals in both solo and chamber format around the country, such as regular visits to Newport Cathedral in South Wales and Rochdale Parish Church for various Saturday afternoon recitals. Mackenzie and violinist Laura Embrey often perform and compete nationally.

Mackenzie excels in his accompaniment for ballet, with weekly visits to Pineapple studios in Covent Garden to play for classes. This side of pianism is entirely unique from vigorous and formal training at the RNCM, and allows Mackenzie to express music from a different place in his musical ecosystem. Complimented for his diverse and improvisatory repertory, he strongly believes ballet pianism will primarily fill his career in the future.

Sought after for his pedagogical skills, Mackenzie has helped many students gain some of the highest marks in the region, and gain places at prestigious music schools such as Chethams School of Music. He continues to inspire the future generation of musicians at Terra Nova School in Cheshire, where he is a member of the piano faculty.

Mackenzie is extremely grateful for the continuing support of the Dore Male Voice Choir, notably their contribution to fees for his master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music.

PRESIDENT: Lesley Garrett CBE

VICE PRESIDENTS: Sheila Bramah, Vivien Pike

HONORARY MEMBERS: A. Jordon, G. Winslow, M. Stobbs


Peter Clayton Peter Babb David Bearpark Peter Allen
Alan Cooke Stuart Barlow Ron Blake Eric Barraclough
Alan Cousins Richard Dowkes Pat Cassidy Malcolm Briggs
Brian Cousins John Gallaher Martin Challis Graham Cheetham
Chris Elliott Bob Hockey Tom Duckworth Bob Clark
David Elliott Gavin Holliday John Edlington Ray Clifford
Dennis Harley Nigel Hughes David Garnham Paul Cobbold
Brian Hirst Simon Jones Mick Hague Martin Davies
Ken Johnson Konrad Kempka Martin Hayes Don Ellis
Reg McNaughton Norman Lewis Wilf Hukin Barry Fisher
Brian Parker Peter Oxley Simon Musgrave John Goodall
John Skelton Roy Phipps David Hutchison Ian Hardy
John Stennett Mark White Chris Kenyon Julian Heawood
Dave Stone Roger Young Peter Knight David Heslop
Geoff Twelvetree   Julian Mcfall Chris Hudson
Ray Vaughan   Ray Mellor Chris Jones
    Ian Shand George Kirk
    David Shepherd Bev Marshall
    Stuart Stubbs Tom Ogley
    Nigel Thomas Soon Song
    Keith Tomlinson Malcolm Stuart
    Norman West Graham Taylor

We have had a number of new members join us over the past few years, and we welcome new members. If you are thinking about joining us, do come along to a rehearsal – Thursdays, 7:15 pm, The Christ Church Dore Community Centre, Townhead Rd, Dore,  Sheffield S17 3GA. Rehearsals usually finish at around 9:30. Parking is available in the centre of the village, near the Hall. There is also a regular bus service between Dore and Sheffield city centre. Please note that we do not rehearse on bank holidays, or when we are in concert or on tour.

Not sure if you can sing?  This BBC site might be useful for those new to singing, give it a try  Tips on singing

From time to time we hold open evenings on regular rehearsal nights. This allows more time for prospective members to talk with existing members and find out more about the Choir. However, if you are already interested in joining, there is no need to wait for the next open evening! For further information about joining the Choir, please email us at or contact any member of the Choir.