"Singing has been an important part of my life as long as I can remember, and through it I have had some wonderful experiences and made many valued friends. The Leicester Bach Choir represents all that is best in the choral tradition of this country: people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to make music for the love of it, and to the highest standard that they can achieve. As the new Chairman I hope to be able to contribute to the continuation and development of that tradition, so successfully fostered by my predecessors. "
Charles Paterson was born in Ipswich in 1954, and was singing, playing and writing music from an early age. He was a Choral Exhibitioner at Christ’s College, Cambridge, reading for a degree in Classics, which he has gone on to teach at Tiffin Boys’ School, Kingston upon Thames, and from 1983 to 2014 at Leicester Grammar School. Meanwhile he was for twenty-five years conductor of the Leicester Grammar School Choir, Musical Director of Humberstone Choral Society for ten years and of the Wyvern Singers for twelve, and has had conducting engagements with the Trianon Singers in Ipswich and the Tudor Singers of London. A former Songman at Leicester Cathedral, currently he sings with Mosaic and with the Cecilian Singers, of which he is also répétiteur, as well as with Leicester Bach Choir. Recent compositions and arrangements have mostly been for these and other choirs, but also include solo organ and chamber music.