Jamie Wright Musical Director from September 2018

Ellie Parsons former Musical Director (left June 2018)


Winner of the Edward Brooke's Lieder Prize and creator of the title role in Michael Walters opera Ava's WeddingEleanor is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Eleanor featured as a soloist on the Birmingham Conservatoires recording of the entire choral works of Samuel Barber. She introduced the choir to the worls of Barber in its Americana concert in July 2018.


On stage, Eleanor has played several roles including a production of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, Mme Larina in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with OPRA Cymru, Mozart's 1st Lady from The Magic Flute, Donna Anna from Don Giovanni, Mme Lidoine (New Prioress) in Poulencs Dialogues des Carmelites, Gertrude in Humperdincks Hansel und Gretel, and La Zelatrice in Puccinis Suor Angelica. And she recently played the lead singing role in a new opera Tigress, performed at Tamworth Castle.


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 Ashley Thompson  
Ashley Thompson.......accompanist


Ashley is currently accompanist to Maldon Choral Society, under Dr. Gillian Ward Russell, Anglia Singers, under Professor Chris Green OBE, Gale Singers, under Colin Fowler, and Billericay Choral Society. 
This is in addition to his duties as Director of Music to The Parish Church of Holy Trinity Rayleigh, The Ordinariate at St John Fisher, Prittlewell; and the Evensong Organist for The Parish Church of St. Alban The Protomartyr, Romford. 
Away from his piano and organ accompaniment portfolio he is the founder and Director of Music to The Triple H Community Choir, covering the three neighbouring South Essex villages of Hockley, Hawkwell and Hullbridge. He also teaches singing, organ, piano and Theory of Music privately. 

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David Todd former Musical Director (left July 2016)

David Todd is a choral conductor and organist based in London. He recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, having studied Choral Conducting with Patrick Russill, Cathal Garvey and Paul Brough. Prior to this, David studied with Paul Spicer and Nicholas Cleobury at Oxford University, where he read Music and was an Organ Scholar. 

David is Organist and Director of Music in the Parish of Wanstead and Director of Music of Billericay Choral Society, though his work is increasingly taking him abroad. He holds the post of Guest Conductor of the choir of Turku Cathedral, Finland; has recently worked for the Swiss-Italian Conservatoire in Switzerland, and also in Berlin. Recent highlights include performing with concert pianist Murray Perahia, chorus-mastering the Essex-based chorus for the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and conducting Brentwood Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert of operatic excerpts.
David recently took part in the prestigious Solti Academy in Venice as a Repetiteur.



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Accompanist Daniel Roberts  

Daniel Roberts..... former accompanist and piano soloist

In 2015 Daniel left as accompanist to expand his solo career in Brazil. This follows his premiering Peter Feuchtwanger’s Variations on an Eastern Folk Tune Book I and Tariqa I, in Juiz De Fora, Brazil.


His concert performances have also included the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe at St James Piccadilly, with duo partner Hannah Woolmer at Southwark Cathedral, and The Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.


Concerto performances have included Beethoven's 1st and 5th concertos and Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.

We feature quality musicians and soloists, and like to showcase new talent.  Some of our recent performers are:


Breana Stillman
Breanna Stillman

Australian soprano Breana Stillman gained a BMus (Performance) from The Melba Conservatorium. She was selected to attend the Wales International Academy of Voice where she completed an MA in Advanced Vocal Studies, under the tutelage of renowned tenor Dennis O'Neill CBE.
Breana has taken part in the National Opera Studio’s Opera Intensive course in London, where she worked with Kathryn Harries and has also performed in masterclasses with Mirella Freni, Renato Bruson and Dame Kiri te Kanawa.
In 2015 she performed in Germany, singing Anna Reich in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor with Theatre Rudolstadt and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Weimar Lyric Opera Studio. Other roles have included 2nd Lady The Magic Flute (Harrow Opera), Sour Genevieffa Sour Angelica (Co Opera Co.), Despina Cosi Fan Tutte (Thames Philharmonic Orchestra), Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro and Norina Don Pasquale (Melba Conservatorium).

Ulrike Wutscher


Ulrike Wutscher
Austrian mezzo-soprano Ulrike is based in London. Her recent roles have included Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) with music director Diego Masson and Daniel in Belshazzar (Handel) with music director Nicholas Kraemer at Blackheath Halls in London.
She is a keen recitalist and concert singer. Ulrike appeared as a soloist at the Royal Greenwich Early Music Festival under Robert Howarth.
She has worked with Eugene Asti for the Strauss Festival and the Schubert Festival and was a finalist in the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Competition 2015. 
Ulrike studied singing with Lydia Vierlinger at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, where she gained her magisterium artium (MA) in 2012 with distinction. She continued her training in London at Trinity Laban with of Sophie Grimmer and Helen Yorke, where she completed her Postgraduate Artists Diploma in 2015 again with distinction.
Nika Gorič
Nika Gorič

Slovenian soprano Nika Gorič completed her BA at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and is curently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, London. She is also a member of the Academy Song Circle, and is a soloist in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series.

Nika has just received a  place on the prestigious opera course at RAM. Her operatic roles includes Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Sandman in Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck), Elisetta in Il matrimonio segreto (Cimarosa) and understudies for Susanna, Gretel, Anna Reich and Despina. Other recent projects have included singing of Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in Paris and London, a selection of Schubert songs at one of the prestigious Oxford Lieder Festival concerts. Nika was a featured young artist at the Festival Maribor 2012

Sofia Troncoso.....mezzo soprano
Sofia Troncoso

Sofia Troncoso is a mezzo-soprano from the United States. She received a Bachelor's in music from Northwestern University in Chicago. Sofia participated in the opera scenes program at Northwestern and was consistently cast in the Northwestern Opera productions and involved in concerts in Chicago. She debuted as Cherubino in a theatrical adaptation of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

In April 2013, Sofia was a finalist in the prestigious Bel Canto Foundation Competition in Chicago. Since arriving in the UK she has been a Finalist in the Josephine Baker Trust Competition and was Very Highly Commended by the Isabel Jay Foundation and has been engaged to sing in concerts regularly.

In April 2015 Sofia was featured in the Royal Academy of Music Voice Faculty scenes.


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Doug Rice-Bowen....Baritone
 Doug Rice Bowen Baritone

Douglas' professional career began with the Glyndebourne Festival as a member of their world renowned chorus. He progressed to principal roles with Glyndebourne Touring and Glyndebourne Festival Operas.

During his career Douglas has worked with distinguished conductors, such as Vladimir Jurowski, Emmanuelle Haim, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Sir Simon Rattle, Andrew Carwood and Richard Egarr.


Opera roles have included Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Marcello in La Boheme with English Touring Opera, Figaro in English National Opera's Barber of Seville, the title role in Macbeth with Scottish Opera Go Round and the world premiere of the Stephen Barlow's opera King.


Douglas has performed across the UK and in Europe both in concerts and opera


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 Christine Buras.....soprano

Christine Buras Soprano

Christine is a versatile and experienced American soprano. Her repertoire includes early music, opera, art song, and new music. She received her musical education as a chorister at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, and obtained degrees from the University of Chicago and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.  

Her operatic roles include Theodora (Handel’s Theodora) for Benslow Opera, and Belinda (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas) for Indiana University. She is looking forward to making her debut with Royal Academy Opera as Suor Dolcina and La Prima Sorella Cercatrice in a production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica. 


Christine particularly enjoys performing art song and oratorio. She recently performed Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate in St. Martin-in-the-Fields. In 2013 she performed on the inaugural art song recital series at Grosvenor Chapel in Mayfair.    


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