IN MEMORY OF TREVOR
Trevor Barr Village Voices Musical Director January 2018 to July 2022
Trevor was a wonderfully talented pianist, organist and choirmaster. He studied at Keele University where he was the University Organ Scholar and read Music and American Studies.
His music touched so many lives & endeared him to so many people, not just Village Voices.
He had a distinctive ability to teach and work with musicians and choristers of all ages and talents, from the complete novice to accomplished performers. Through humour and gentle persuasion, he encouraged them to perform to the very best of their ability.
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Trevor had a unique style all his own. Unconventional, irreverent at times, stubborn, demanding, yet also loving, considerate and empathetic. All these characteristics were rolled into one to make his distinctive personality. Choir rehearsals under his leadership were a joy. He had an endless supply of jokes and anecdotes, and we would always leave rehearsals on a high.
Trevor was Musical Director of Village Voices from January 2018 until July 2022.
As an inspirational MD he took the choir to new heights. Under his musical guidance we performed many uplifting concerts, with a varied repertoire of popular, classical, and religious music. In 2019, he was very proud to take the choir to his hometown of Londonderry where we spent a wonderful weekend of singing and sightseeing.
Trevor died suddenly on 20th July 2022 and is sorely missed. We give thanks for the time he spent with Village Voices and delight in the influence and lasting impact he has had on our choir.
However, Trevor didn’t dwell on tragedy. His philosophy was “life goes on” and in that spirit, Village Voices is moving on as he would wish us to do. In the meantime, we hope that this testimony will serve as a fitting tribute to a remarkable man and that it will encourage and inspire future MDs and choir members to maintain a lively and enthusiastic home at Village Voices for all those who want to sing.
We have added a number of YouTube links of Trevor performing short organ pieces. They can be found at Village Voices Playlist.
A text only tribute to Trevor can be accessed here.