About Avebury Vocal Ensemble

Who we are

Avebury Vocal Ensemble (AVE) was formed in 2000 and formerly known as NUBISS (the New University of Bath In Swindon Singers).

We are a chamber choir of between 25 and 30 singers who enjoy getting together to rehearse and perform both accompanied and unaccompanied music, encompassing sacred and secular works.

What we do

We perform around three concert programmes anually in the Avebury, Swindon and Marlborough area, plus at least two Christmas carol celebrations each year.

Each concert we aim to provide a large central choral item, either unaccompanied or with organ, and supported by smaller motets, madrigals and part songs.

AVE at Christmas 2007
AVE at Christmas 2007

Our Conductor, Peter Tims

Our conductor, Peter Tims, took over from Sir Peter Beale at the beginning of 2017, having sung with the choir as a tenor since the choir's inception in 2000.

He received his musical training as a chorister at Eton College, initially at the erstwhile Choir School and then as a member of the main school. After studying at Exeter University, he has been Director of Music at Archway School, Stroud, and has been variously an orchestral ‘cellist, jazz pianist, accompanist as well as conducting and singing in choirs of all sizes.

Our founder, Sir Peter Beale

Sir Peter Beale
Photo (c) Jay Myrdal 2008

Sir Peter Beale founded and conducted the choir from its inception until the end of 2016. He now joins the ranks of the choir in the tenor line. He has been a guest conductor in Swindon, Salisbury and Romsey and has acted as Deputy Lay Clerk in both Salisbury and Wells cathedrals. As a tenor soloist, his roles have ranged from parts in Gilbert and Sullivan operas to oratorios such as Messiah and The Creation.

From his early years, music was ingrained. Following 6 years as a chorister in St. Paul's cathedral, he became a Choral Scholar at Cambridge. He subsequently trained as a medical doctor culminating in a career in the British Armed Forces for which he was knighted in 1992; but wherever he served he formed, conducted and took part in choirs when the care of his patients allowed!