David was born, raised and educated in his native Yorkshire. In 1968 he came to live and work in Luton and pursued an academic career in social science and medical statistics at the Universities of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, retiring in 2011. He has sung with choirs and played the piano for most of his life, though it is only in the recent past that he has been invited to direct local choirs. He has been involved with a Luton High School Chamber Choir and Vauxhall Male Voice Choir, but now works exclusively with the Parkside Singers. Outside music, his main interests include ballroom dancing with his wife Hilary, cooking, and golf. Their three daughters live locally and are also involved in local music including singing together as The Stott Sisters.
David Stott - Musical Director
Helen Wingate - Deputy Musical Director
The Parkside Singers are indeed fortunate to have James as their accompanist! James is a professional pianist with many years of experience accompanying choirs and studied the organ at the Royal Academy of Music. He has held successive appointments as organist at All Saints, Parish Church of St. Mary, and currently at St Luke’s Church in Luton. James is now a full time musician and is in great demand as a concert soloist and accompanist for solo singers. A few years ago, he received the honour of being one of the few people invited to play on the famous Willis Organ at Alexandra Palace.
James Banville - Accompanist
Meet the Musical Team
Our choir members come from all walks of life, areas and age groups.
We enjoy singing four-part harmonies and would love to entertain you.
We belong to the National Association of Choirs and our fees are very reasonable.
Helen spent her childhood in Bedfordshire taking part in the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestras. She later studied cello and piano at Trinity College of Music, London for four years, followed by a PGCE in Secondary Music. After her degrees, Helen taught music in various Bedfordshire Schools, with only one move outside of the county to Staffordshire, where she became an Assistant Headteacher.
Throughout her teaching career, Helen conducted many Musicals and school concerts.
Helen now runs her own business making vegan cakes, but still enjoys being involved in music.
The Parkside Singers (of Ampthill) are a "not-for-profit" Adult Community SATB choir run by an annually elected management committee.
The choir's scrutinised accounts are opened to inspection annually at the public AGM (January), and policies are continually reviewed during periodic (generally bi-monthly) committee meetings.
The choir is compliant with GDPR 2018