About The Phoenix Singers

The Phoenix Singers

The Phoenix Singers started life in Devon in 1971, and has since become a prominent chamber choir in the South West.  Now based in Taunton, members come from a wide regional area.  The concert repertoire has expanded enormously over recent times, made possible by the ability and vast experience of the choir's members.   The Phoenix Singers performs programmes that often have religious themes and draws heavily on composers of the sixteenth and twentieth centuries, and with a very eclectic approach to styles and periods of choral music including various contemporary composers and arrangers.  Celebrating its 14th year in 2018, The Phoenix Singers Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is an eagerly anticipated event each Christmas.

Martin Schellenberg

Martin was appointed Musical Director of The Phoenix Singers with effect from January 2019.

He was educated in Birmingham and after graduating continued his studies in Paris with the celebrated blind organist, Jean Langlais.  Martin then held appointments at Bristol Cathedral, Christchurch Priory and Oxford University where broadcasts on national and local radio and television were often undertaken.  During his ten years at Christchurch he instigated, together with Nicolas Kynaston, the rebuilding of the famous pipe organ and became well-known for playing over 300 popular Lunchtime Concerts.

Until July 2018 Martin was Director of Music for sixteen years at Abberley Hall School in Worcestershire.  Before taking up his post at Abberley Hall, he enjoyed a busy freelance career as a conductor, consultant, soloist and teacher giving recitals and conducting concerts to critical acclaim at cathedrals, churches and concert halls thoughout Europe and the USA.

As a conductor, Martin is well-known for his wide-ranging versatility, has directed many leading choirs and orchestras and is srecognized as a highly creative choral and orchestral conductor.  His recordings, radio and television appearances as an innovative conductor and creative organist, coupled to a comprehensive and stimulating repertoire, have received many favourable reviews.

Martin and his wife Alex have three children and quite a few grandchildren!  In his spare time he enjoys exploring the coastal paths of Devon and Pembrokeshire, driving, reading, travel and walking , especially with Harry the boxer dog.