Pippa Dames-Longworth - Pippa is an experienced, versatile opera singer and concert singer having worked with The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Paris Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Glyndebourne, Maggio Musicale, Florence; for The Frankfurt Festival, Edinburgh Festival and has sung at the South Bank, Royal Albert Hall, Kings Hall, Vredenburg, Utrecht and with the Hallé Orchestra, Phlharmonia, . She studied with Peter Pears, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Birgit Nillson, Renato Scotto, Thomas Hampson and David Pollard.
Howard Beach - Howard is a harpsichord player and previously a member of the baroque group ‘Red Priest’. He has performed and recorded extensively on both harpsichord and piano as a continuo player and concerto soloist. He has performed with artists such as Les Arts Florissants, the Apollo Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players at concert halls throughout Europe, Canada, and the Far East, as well as many UK venues. He records frequently on radio and has been a consultant and performer for programmes on Channel 4.
Julia Bishop - Julia has toured the world with most of the UK’s leading period instrument orchestras, including The Age of Enlightenment Orchestra. She was a member of the English Concert for six years and was the violin player in the well respected and highly engaging baroque ensemble, ‘Red Priest’ for many years.
Nick Bosworth - is very much in demand as an accompanist and repetiteur. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio and has worked for ENO, Wexford, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera North, Grange Park and Garsington. Amongst many performances for TV and Radio, he has played for Masterclasses with Kiri te Kanawa, Brigitte Fassbaender and Thomas Hampson.
Jennifer Carter – won the Queen Mary II Accompanists prize at the Guildhall, and has now been made an accompanist for Junior and Senior Guildhall, the Royal College of Music and the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. She was awarded scholarships for her postgraduate study from the Stationers’ Company, and the Lawrence Atwell Trust.
Ptolemy Christie - Tol Christie has directed numerous productions for Grange Park Opera, for Nevill Holt Opera and for Pimlico Opera (including Barber of Seville, Cosi fan Tutte). He also worked on many productions with the great opera director, John Cox.
Nancy Cooley - Nancy is an experienced accompanist and chamber music player. She won the Accompanists prize in the Walther Gruner International Lieder Competition and played for masterclasses for many years at the Britten – Pears School in Snape. She works regularly for Glyndebourne and is an Opera Coach at the Royal College of Music.
John Hancorn – John started his career as a Baritone and enjoyed great success winning many major prizes, as well as singing for ROH, Glyndebourne and Scottish Opera. He was also in demand as an oratorio and concert singer. He now conducts a number of choirs and consorts, such as ‘The Baroque Collective’ and ‘East Sussex Bach Choir’ as well as repertoire such as the Verdi Requiem. He is closely associated with the Brighton Early Music Festival. www.johnhancorn.com
Natalie Murray - Natalie Murray studied music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. She studied Italian at the Universita per stranieri (Siena). Natalie held a full time music staff position at Welsh National Opera. She works regularly as Voice Coach and Repetiteur for Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the National Opera Studio, the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme (Royal Opera House) and the Royal College of Music.
Brian Parsons - is a highly experienced singer and teacher. As a singer, his career involved many operatic roles, a great deal of contemporary music as well as being an experienced singer of Bach. He was made a Professeur de Chant at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse in Lyon - a post he has held in conjunction with his appointment to the Guildhall School Vocal Studies Department since 1998. He is currently a member of Les Solistes de Lyon directed by Bernard Têtu.
Nicola Rose – Nicki studied at the Welsh College of Music and is now one of the vocal coaches at the The Royal Welsh College of Music. She worked with Welsh National Opera for many years and was a trainee repetiteur at the National Opera Studio. She is a busy accompanist and repetitieur.
Ian Rutherford - Ian has directed critically acclaimed revivals of The Barber of Seville, Falstaff, Madam Butterfly, The Magic Flute and La Boheme for ENO. He has directed a new production for the Festival les Azuriales in Cap Ferrat of Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segretto and directed revivals of Ariodante at Houston Grand Opera, Vlaamse Opera; Lucia di Lammermoor at Canadian Opera, Opera Gothenburg, and Washington National Opera; Peter Grimes at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Otello at Kungliga Operan Stockholm. For Glyndebourne, he has
directed revivals of Michael Grandage’s award-winning Billy Budd and Le Nozze di Figaro. Future engagements include Le Nozze di Figaro at Houston Grand Opera and Glyndebourne and Lucia di Lammermoor at Theater Bonn.
Lesley-Anne Sammons - Lesley-Anne is a very experienced repetiteur having worked for Scottish Opera, ENO, Glyndebourne, Netherlands Opera, L’Opera du Rhin and Opera North. She has conducted Madam Butterfly and The Barber of Seville for Opera Holland Park and conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She studied at Guildhall and the National Opera Studio and currently works with young singers on the Jette Parker Artists Programme at ROH, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music. www.thevocalcoach.com
Adrian Thompson - is an artist of extraordinary versatility.
He has appeared at Glyndebourne, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Badishes Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Staatstheater Stuttgart, New Israeli Opera, Netherlands Opera. He is particularly in demand for his interpretations of all the major works of Benjamin Britten, Verdi’s Requiem, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and the Evangelists of Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions. A very experienced recitalist, he regularly appears at London’s Wigmore Hall. He is a frequent visitor to The Aldeburgh Festival and has given recitals in the South Bank, in Northern Ireland, Geneva, Stuttgart and Amsterdam.
Alice Turner - Alice Turner is a song accompanist, vocal coach and repetiteur, specialising in art song and German, Italian and French language training. She lives in London, where she has worked on the music staff of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 2007.
Clare Whistler – Clare Whistler is an artist, performer, curator and writer with her roots in dance and choreography. She worked as a dancer and choreographer in Toronto, New York, and San Francisco, with her own company DanceArtCompany and for the past 15 years in opera, as a director and movement director, mostly at Glyndebourne Opera House, including working on iconic productions by Peter Sellers and Bill Viola, as well as directing numerous education and community projects. She has won two Royal Philharmonic Society Awards. www.clarewhistler.co.uk