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About Us

​The Filtones are a non-auditioned group who meet and rehearse at St Teresa's Community Centre in Filton, Bristol, founded in 1982.

What we're about
We love a good harmony! Whether you're thinking about joining in or watching a performance, you can expect to hear  four part harmonies through a varied repertoire from Shakespeare sonnets to Lennon and McCartney hits! 

Our History
It all started in 1982 founded by Tessa and Frank Martin under the name 'The Filton Festival Choir.' Where later we combined the female and male choir to create 'The Filtones.'

A big part of the choir was our notable music director Ken Dinham a talented musician, who's musical teachings at Portway school also left a big imprint on the Bristol music scene. Whilst his passing in 1994 was a sad one, his musical arrangements still live on with the choir today, a wonderful legacy we're proud to share.

​Since 2001 we have been regularly holding charity concerts, which were are proud to say we have raised over £20,000 in aid of multiple charities across the U.K. 

'We've raised more than £20,000 for charities  since we started our charity concerts in 2001'

Dr Fabian Huss

Since February 2015 Dr Fabian Huss has been leading The Filtones choir. He moved to the UK in 2007 to undertake his doctorate research at Bristol University, where he completed his thesis on British composer Frank Bridge and later his book on Bridge's music published by Boydell & Brewer in 2010.

Fabian has a rich history directing and conducting choirs. He is the founding director of 'Redland Leidertafel,' musical director of 'Cheddar Male Voice Choir' and 'Harlequins.'

Music Director

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Chris Green

Chris has worked in Bristol for many years, supporting and enabling children and young people to participate in musical activities. She is currently the Planning & Production Director for the National Children's Orchestras of GB.

Chris has accompanied community choirs, dance classes and school choirs and is delighted to be part of The Filtones family.

Our Accompanists

Clair Hiles

Clair’s passion for history, art and music led her to Cambridge University, where she performed Beethoven’s 1st Piano Concerto, and The Guildhall School of music and Drama, London, where she studied with notable
accompanists such as Roger Vignoles and Graham Johnson.

To date, the highlight of Clair’s musical career has been her recent studies in Manhattan, NYC, with Seymour Bernstein - this adventure gave her the chance to perform some of the masterpieces of the solo piano repertoire, including Beethoven’s last 3 piano sonatas, in USA, Australia and Europe.

Currently, Clair lives in Bristol, with her precious tortoiseshell kitten and enjoys teaching and playing regularly with the Pump Room Trio in Bath. Clair is a qualified Music Therapist

Viv Marshall

Viv's love of music began with piano lessons at the age of seven and then she progressed to playing a cornet.  She was also a member of Filton Girls' Choir. 


At the age of 17 she joined WRAC staff band playing the trombone and singing with the band on tours.  After marrying and raising a family, she started accompanying ballet and tap classes and is still doing so!  She began playing for her local Scout Gang Show which performed at the Victoria Rooms and thence to Bristol Hippodrome as the Bristol Scout Gang Show. 


n 1985 she took over as Musical Director of the Gang Show until 1997 when she retired, and considers herself most fortunate to have been instrumental in helping many youngsters to enjoy music.  She joined The Filtones at its inception and is an integral member.

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