Toby Wardman has worked extensively with choirs and musical groups of all ages and standards, conducting rehearsals, concerts and competitions. He has also run public workshops on choral and singing technique.
A graduate of York University, Toby is the Musical Director of York Youth Chorus and of Soon Amore, a Yorkshire-based chamber choir. He was the founding Creative Director of York Voices, a community choir based in the city. He also conducted the York Glee Singers for three years, in which time they were shortlisted for the London final of a national competition, sang concerts and services across the north of England, and recorded their first CD.
Toby has composed and arranged music for several stage productions, including arranging and directing the 2003 show for Flying Ducks Youth Theatre in Yorkshire. He also directed a 60-strong 'Come & Sing Fauré's Requiem' in York. He acts as a guest conductor for the Micklegate Singers.
Toby was trained as a treble in the choir of St Nicholas Guisborough, and has also sung with the Huddersfield Choral Society, Halifax Choral Society and Halifax Young Singers. He has added his voice to a performance for European heads of state at the Karlspreis ceremony in Germany; the BBC's title music for the 1999 Rugby World Cup; BBC Songs of Praise; BBC Radio 4 morning broadcasts; and several commercially available CDs. He currently sings as a tenor with the Micklegate Singers.
Aside from his work with choirs, Toby is also a concert-level classical guitarist and has played percussion for several noted brass bands in the north of England. He teaches guitar and has previously taught percussion.