Director of Music
Robert Owens is a 24 year old professional tenor, singing coach and conductor. He is originally from Llanuwchllyn in North Wales but is currently based in Manchester.
Robert graduated from The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) with Honours in 2019. While at the RNCM Robert, worked with Wagner tenor Jeffery Lawton and Sir Matthew Best as well as getting the opportunity to take part in conducting workshops with Sir Mark Elder and others. Before attending The RNCM, at the age of 14 he started studying singing, saxophone and conducting at the Junior RNCM where he was awarded a scholarship to study with Wagnerian tenor Jeffery Lawton. Robert has worked with many Male Voice Choirs working as deputy accompanist and musical director.
Robert still has a passion for Male Voice Choirs and has been working with Macclesfield Male Voice Choir since 2017 and looks forward to a bright future with them.
Tatyana Goncharuk was born in the Ukraine and took her first piano lesson at the age of five. She later studied with Boris Arkhimovich and Nadezhda Arkhimovich at Kyiv M V Lysenko Secondary Specialist Music Boarding School, after which she enrolled at the P I Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy of Ukraine. Her first public performance took place when she was seven years old at the local television station in Ukraine and her concerto debut took place when she was twelve.
In 2007 Norma Fisher, one of the distinguished tutors of the Royal Northern College of Music, invited Tatyana to continue her musical studies in the U.K. As a result of her outstanding performance in the audition she was awarded a scholarship to study in Manchester. Tatyana’s studies were kindly supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund.
She was the recipient of the first prize in the International Piano Competition for Young Pianists, Mariupol, Ukraine, the RNCM Concerto Competition, the RNCM Piano Recital Prize and the RNCM Piano Duo Prize. She has appeared in recital at the Bridgewater Hall (Manchester, UK), the Royal Academy of Music (London), the Lotherton Hall (Leeds, UK), the RNCM Concert Hall (Manchester, UK).
Meet The Singers
After many enjoyable years singing with the choir, I have now had to take time out and really miss the enjoyment of rehearsals, performances and camaraderie. I fully intend to support this wonderful organisation in any way I can and therefore still feel very much part of the MMVC community. Lending my support will help to ensure that the choir continues to prosper and grow as an invaluable part of the cultural life of the town.
I never, ever considered joining a choir, but I was told 6 years ago that I would be picked up at 6.30 p.m. for a rehearsal [just that], and I can honestly say, I've never looked back and I've come to know some really people. All I would say is give it a go, you'll never know till you've tried. My family love coming to our concerts, they even travel from the north east.
Some of my best memories have been when we have had the opportunity to travel and competed around the world.
"Just come to rehearsal for two or three weeks. See how it goes" said the gentle persuader. Despite lacking any experience I agreed. That was more than ten years ago, and I believe says it all.