Musical Team

Musical Director:
Colin Hoodless


Colin’s involvement in music started in his school years – he began playing the trombone at the age of 11 and hasn’t really stopped since.
Over the years he’s attended various summer schools, workshops, and conducting courses and performed with orchestras, choirs, brass ensembles, brass bands, big bands, wind bands, jazz bands and musical societies as either a player/singer or conductor.  He is currently the bass trombonist and MD of the La’al Big Band.
In September 2000, Colin was awarded an Honours Degree in Brass Band Studies, majoring in performance and composition.
Colin is very pleased to have been appointed as MD of W.M.V.C. and looks forward to working with the choir.
Wendy LeVoi:
Wendy was brought up in Seascale and started piano lessons at 6 years of age. As a pupil of Wyndham Comprehensive school (now West Lakes Academy) she played one of two pianos for the first Cumbrian performance of Carl Orff’s choral masterpiece Carmina Burana, directed by Ian Warnes (about 1972). She also began violincello lessons with Jackie Walker whilst studying for her A levels. At Newcastle upon Tyne College of Arts and Technology she gained licentiate teacher status on the piano, and grade 8 on the violincello before doing a one-year Music SpecialistTeaching Certificate at the City of Manchester College of Higher Education. She has worked for a number of Music Services since then as a peripatetic instrumental teacher, and has taught secondary level class music in a number of class settings.
As well as being the piano accompanist for Whitehaven Male Voice Choir, Wendy now plays the ‘cello and the violin for St Bees Priory Orchestra and West Lakeland Orchestra, for whom she is also preparing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, having already performed the first three.

Choir Musical Directors 1977 – Present

1977 – 1982:  Mr Baxter Shaw
1982 – 1983:  Mr David Challis
1984:  Mrs Margaret Jenkin
1984 – 1994:  Mr Bob Wishart
1994 – 1995:  Mr Baxter Shaw
1996 – 2010:  Mr Hugh Robinson
2010 – 2012:  Mrs Aileen Rule
2012 – 2016: Mr Peter Argyle
2017 – Present: Mr Colin Hoodless