Music staff

Musical Director - David Moss

David was born in Southampton and graduated from Cambridge University in Mechanical Engineering. He now lives in Uley with his wife Mary, who sings in the choir and a very lively Border Collie called Ricky Lambert. In 2011 he retired from Rolls Royce after a long career in aeronautical engineering. 

David's musical interests include playing the piano, harpsichord, sackbut and trombone. 

He has been Director of Music of Oriana Singers since 1997. Previously he was Director of Music of the Diatonic Chamber Choir in Leamington Spa, which he founded with a group of friends in 1987 - and who we join with for foreign tours.

Accompanist - James Corbett

Back in the mists of time James studied piano and basic musical theory at the Junior Department of the Northern School of Music in Manchester. With the help of some excellent teachers he acquired a performers' ARCM before going up to Oxford University to read Physics. After 8 years of academic studies, including a year at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, he began his disgracefully short career as a Research Officer with the Central Electricity Generating Board, which ended after privatisation. During that time he sang in various choral groups in Bristol and even conducted a small madrigal group. In an already somewhat longer retirement he has accompanied local choral societies, including Oriana, occasionally played continuo keyboard in concerts, and stood-in for organists at various services. Very rarely he has ventured into composition, including a short motet performed twice by Oriana and a Communion setting used from time to time at St Mary's, Berkeley.

James' other consuming interest is walking, which in the past has taken him as far afield as the Himalayas, though now confined to the UK and Europe. His idea of a happy day out recently has been to devise and walk routes between stations on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway, in which he is a (very) minor shareholder.