Who's Who?

David Burrowes - smiling

David Burrowes
Musical Director

David Burrowes studied the horn and singing at The Royal Manchester College of Music where he was awarded the GRSM with honours and the ARMCM. While a lay-clerk at Guildford Cathedral, David also sang with the Monteverdi Choir and other London choirs. He joined the choir of Manchester Cathedral and while developing his teaching career was a member of the BBC Northern Singers.

In 1971 he formed the Tudor Consort, which broadcast for the BBC. David also performed as a recitalist, often appearing as a soloist on BBC Radio 3. David is currently a vicar-choral in the choir of Lichfield Cathedral and member of the Birmingham-based chamber choir Ex Cathedra.

During his singing career he has undertaken foreign tours as a conductor, a soloist and as a member of various choirs. After a period as Musical Director of Stone Choral Society, he helped to found, with some friends, the Barbara Walton Singers. This mixed choir of some forty singers performs music from the Baroque, Classical and Modern periods. David gave up his teaching career in 1998 to concentrate his energies on conducting and singing. His hobbies include a 1950s' sports car and collecting rare LP records, especially early King's College recordings.


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Michael Lambert - still smiling

Michael Lambert
Deputy Musical Director

Michael Lambert lives and works in North Staffordshire as a composer and accompanist. As an accompanist he has worked with the Barbara Walton Singers since its inception in 1991. He also accompanies local grade, degree and diploma examinations.

As a composer, Michael has produced four works for the Barbara Walton Singers, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (2003), Songs of Mortality (2002) and The Beatitudes (2001), all commissioned as part of their Mozart Millennium Project, an initiative sponsored by West Midlands Arts, and in 2006, BWS gave the first performance of The Dales, a cantata to words by Ron Scholes.

Other compositions include instrumental and choral works, of which his Missa Brevis (1978), Ave Verum Corpus (1982) and Gallery Carol (2000) have all been performed by BWS. He has also written a Clarinet Concerto (1983) for Chamber performance.

In 2002 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has worked as a visiting tutor at Keele and Manchester Metropolitan Universities, as well as at Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College. Michael has been Organist and Director of Music at St. Jamesí Church, Longton, since 1977.