Behind The Scenes
Musical Director - Daniel Fields
Accompanist - Joanne Bostandji
Deputy MD and Accompanist - Simon Corner
Chairperson/Secretary - Dorothy M. Miller 01302 770007 (see e-mail details)
Minute Secretary - Dawn Cranmer
Treasurer - Diane Morley
Assistant Treasurer - Sallie Ashe
Librarian - Janet Needham
Deputy Librarian - Samantha Button
Committee Officials - Patricia Walters, Marie Pearson, Catherine Rusby
Life Member - Fran Taylor
Daniel Fields joined the Doncaster Wheatsheaf Singers as Musical Director in January 2016.
Daniel was raised in Epworth, North Lincolnshire and developed a keen interest in music at an early age. In 2012 he graduated from the University of Huddersfield where he read music; studying a varied programme culminating in a final year specialism in Musicology. For five years Daniel was a member of the prestigious Huddersfield Choral Society with whom he toured nationally, working with leading orchestras and conductors such as Jane Glover, Martyn Brabbins and Vasily Petrenko. During his time studying in Huddersfield Daniel established a passion for choral conducting; forming his own chamber choir and acting as deputy conductor of the University Choir and University Chamber Choir on several occasions.
Daniel is Head of Performing Arts at St Bedeís Catholic Voluntary Academy in Scunthorpe where he is responsible for the school-wide Performing Arts provision. Daniel is an organist at the Wesley Memorial Methodist Church in Epworth where he works with a team of musicians to ensure high quality music for worship and civic occasions. As a Bass-Baritone soloist, Daniel has recently performed Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Stainerís The Crucifixion, Handelís Messiah and Schubert's Mass in G. Daniel is Musical Director of the Scunthorpe Male Voice Choir, the Doncaster Wheatsheaf Singers and is a member of the Sine Nomine International Touring Choir.
Recent highlights of Danielís schedule include bringing together over 200 male voices from across the North of England to perform in a massed choir concert with Lesley Garrett (Soprano), Caroline Clemmow (Piano) and Nicholas Bosworth (Piano), and a tour of the North East of England with the Doncaster Wheatsheaf Singers including performances in the cathedrals of Newcastle and Durham.
Joanne Bostandji, nee Porter, was born and raised in Doncaster. She started her musical training with piano lessons at age 9 followed by learning the clarinet and recorder, completing Grade 8 on all three instruments during her time at secondary school. Throughout these years, Joanne participated in many musical events and competitions. Deciding to continue her music studies in university, Joanne received a Bachelor of Music with Honours (Piano) from Birmingham Conservatoire. She then went on to receive a Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Secondary Music at Cambridge University.
Joanne started her career in music education teaching in the Cayman Islands and then relocating to New Zealand for 8 years, finally becoming Head of Performance at Massey High School in Auckland.
With a young family in tow, Joanne has returned to Doncaster becoming a Music Specialist in the primary sector. She enjoys organising and preparing Choirs and ensembles for events within the community and further afield.
If you are aged 16+, female and interested in singing then why not join the DONCASTER WHEATSHEAF SINGERS. Rehearsals are held every Monday from 7pm to 9pm. The choir is a friendly and sociable group of around thirty voices who are keen to welcome new singers. Although it is not vital that you read music, it is important that you can make a regular commitment to our Monday evening rehearsals and, after a period spent learning our repertoire, commit to our concerts.
All rehearsals are held at The Quaker Meeting House, Oxford Place, Doncaster - tel 01302 770007 (Dorothy Miller) or 07791050929 (Daniel Fields) for further information