March 20th: Lunchtime recital [1p.m.] with Carrie Penn [violin] of Beethoven's Kreutzer sonata and Saint-Saens Ziegeunerweisen, Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford CM1 2XB
March 24th: "We love musicals," Mayor's Concert, [2.30p.m. and 7.30p.m.] Civic Theatre, Chelmsford CM1 !JG
March 27th: Lunchtime recital [1p.m.] with David Adams [clarinet] of Brahm's E flat clarinet and Poulenc clarinet sonata, Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford CM1 1JG
May 15th-18th : "Oliver," music director for Trinity Music and Drama at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
October 12th: "Ruddigore," by Gilbert and Sullivan. Music director for Chelmsford City Opera at St. John's Church, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford CM2 0JD at 7.30 p.m..
March 25th- 28th : "Jesus Christ Superstar," 7.30 p.m. Trinity Methodist Church, Chelmsford CM1 2XB
Musical director, conductor, pianist and composer
Gerald Hindes was born in London and educated in Essex. Coming from a musical family he learnt piano from an early age, his teachers including Harold Parker. In 1973 he went to London University to read music, where he first became interested in conducting, studying with Arthur Davison.
After graduating with an honours degree, Gerald pursued a teaching career while directing a variety of operatic, choral and orchestral groups, including Opera 70 (“Die Fledermaus”), Braintree Opera (“The Marriage of Figaro” and “Don Giovanni”), and the Resonance Chamber Choir (major choral works ranging from Bach and Handel through Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms to Holst and Britten via Barber and Copland.)
For Trinity Methodist group in Chelmsford Gerald directed their prize winning production of “The Pirates of Penzance” and, in October 2003 “Jesus Christ Superstar”, which was awarded the NODA Eastern Area best production award. Similarly the production of Lehar's "Merry Widow" he conducted in 2013, won the Noda area award for best musical show.
Gerald is presently Musical Director for Chelmsford City Opera, for whom he has conducted productions of “The Elixir of Love”, “Count Ory”, “La Traviata” and “Cosi Fan Tutte.” He has also lead many concert performances of items drawn from opera and operetta.
In 2015 Gerald conducted for Chelmsford City Opera Johann Strauss 2nd's "Die Fledermaus" at Christchurch, London Road, Chelmsford, the opera being sung in English, and linked with a narration. Soloists for this performance comprised members of the group itself, and guests from London and adjoining counties, supported by the group's chorus. "Die Fledermaus" also featured an orchestra of 25, made up of some of the finest local instrumental players. In September he lead performances of "Strictly Legal," a programme which in its first half contained extracts taken from Gilbert and Sullivan linked to matters legal, whilst the second half involved a fully staged performance of "Trial by Jury." In December Gerald lead a performance of Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas," with soloists drawn from London, Cambridge, Hertfordshire and the membership of Chelmsford City Opera.
In 2016 Gerald's first project was "Fiddler on the Roof," which ran at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford between the 10th-14th May. It was a fully staged production, with pricipals, chorus, dancers, accompanied by an orchestra of eighteen musicians. Then he conducted a concert on Saturday November 19th 2016 for Chelmsford City Opera. This programme included Mozart operatic solos, ensembles and choruses in the first half, while the second half featured the four entractes and celebrated numbers from Bizet's "Carmen." Six vocal soloists, and the chorus and orchestra of Chelmsford City Opera, performed this programme, which was given at Saint John's Church, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0JD.
In March 2017 Gerald was Music Director for Billericay Opera's production of "The Music Man." During May he returned to the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, to conduct 6 performances of "Trial by Jury," and "H.M.S. Pinafore." On October 14th, more Gilbert and Sullivan, when he conducted a concert performance of "Yeoman of the Guard" for Chelmsford City Opera.
In 2018, he took charge of the music for "The Producers" in Brentwood and Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" in Chelmsford's Civic Theatre. In October he conducted the Chelmsford City Opera performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Patience." 2019 has already seen him direct the music for a much praised production of "Oliver."
Gerald has gained wide experience as an accompanist, and is used to supporting solo singers and individual instrumentalists in a broad range of musical styles. In March 2019 he accompanied Carrie Penn [violin] in a recital including Beethoven's Kreuzer sonata, and David Adams in a recital of clarinet sonatas by Brahms and Poulenc.
On July 3rd 2016 he was the accompanist for Rebecca Silverman through the three rounds of the Ongar Music Club's "Essex Young Musician of the Year," which resulted in her winning first prize.
Gerald is also available to deputise for church organists in the Chelmsford area [please use the contact page on this site.]
As a composer, he has written 5 musicals for children that have been staged to wide approval. His first musical, “Alice”, has now been staged by 4 different groups. His latest musical, "Watch out," was staged in July 2014, with a cast of 140 children, and received very positive feedback from the 6 packed out performances.