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BIOGRAPHIES

Simon Gregory studied music at Christ Church, Oxford under Simon Preston and Francis Grier and organ with Richard Popplewell, Nicholas Danby and Anne Marsden-Thomas. He retired from a busy life at Emanuel School, Wandsworth in 2020, having completed periods as Head of Lower School and Director of Music, including one memorable year doing both at the same time!


In addition to accompanying many Sherborne Summer School of Music Choral Courses and acting as tutor and accompanist on the school’s Choral Conducting Course, he has been an accompanist for the Association of British Choral Directors Advanced and Intermediate Choral Conducting courses


As well as giving organ recitals throughout the UK, he has accompanied various choirs in concerts and at services in many English Cathedrals. He is also a past council member of ABCD and has held posts as Musical Director with several choral societies.


Amy Bebbington is a passionate advocate for choral singing and choral conductor training. She is sought after for her dynamic and engaging teaching style, and her wealth of choral pedagogical experience.


Graduating with First Class Honours and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance (UK), Amy went on to be awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts, specialising in Choral Conducting (USA). She is Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors and tutors on their extended courses. In 2018, Amy co-founded and adjudicated at the London International Choral Conducting Competition and in the same year established Wavelength, an organisation celebrating Women in Choral Leadership.


Amy has worked closely with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as Course Director, Guest Artist and Musicianship Tutor. She has been choral conducting clinician at the International Summer School for Sing Ireland, at Queen’s College, Cambridge, for The Royal College of Organists (Oxford) and the Hallé Youth Choir. She has worked on BBC2’s The Choir: Sing While You Work and led choral direction training days for the Military Wives’ Choirs’ Foundation. As a teacher trainer/animateur, Amy has worked for Youth Music, Trinity/Open University, Glyndebourne Education, Sing for Pleasure and Music for Life. She also has choral works published by Banks Music Publications (UK). Amy is in great demand as a choral clinician, mentor and teacher and is currently Musical Director of Corra Sound, Harlequin Chamber Choir, Holmbury Choral Society, Sir William Perkins’ School Chamber Choir and Note Bene.

James Davey is one of the UK’s most distinguished and respected choral directors, in demand for his work as a conductor, choir trainer, adjudicator and fixer. Formerly the chief choral advisor for the BBC’s sheet music archive, he has delivered projects for the BBC Singers Education Department and regularly conducts and prepares choirs for broadcasts on TV and radio as well as providing professional ensembles to the entertainment and advertising industries.

At the heart of his busy schedule James is Music Director for Chantage, (winners of the Malta International Choral Competition 2015 and the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year 2006) and the Chandos Chamber Choir. He is a choral conductor for the Royal College of Music Junior Department and also directs 4Tunes, the award-winning staff choir at Channel 4 Television.

James is a tutor for the Association of British Choral Conductors and the Association of Irish Choirs, offering guidance to conductors all over the UK.

Philip Ellis  Since winning first prize at the Leeds International Conductors’ Competition in 1991 Philip has established a reputation as one of Britain’s most versatile conductors.

In this country he has worked with all the major London and provincial orchestras including broadcasts and television appearances with all the BBC orchestras. Abroad he has a busy schedule with orchestras in France, Belgium, Holland, Hong Kong, Russia, Italy, Mexico, Australia and Germany. Philip works extensively as a conductor for ballet.

He has been associated with the Royal Ballet since 1989 and regularly conducts many international companies in Italy, France, Australia, Finland, Sweden, Holland, Russia and Canada. He also has an extensive recording catalogue including discs with EMI, Nimbus, Universal and BBC TV and has received particular acclaim for his recordings with the soprano Lesley Garrett.

Mike Hall is a jazz saxophonist and educator. He began his musical career with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra which led to a twenty year association with composer/pianist Michael Garrick with whom he toured Malaysia and made several CD recordings and national radio broadcasts. He has frequently freelanced with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Hallé Orchestras and now regularly plays with the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra. Career highlights have included a week at Ronnie Scott’s Club, concerts at the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia and Strasbourg with Andy Scott’s Group S and features in John Dankworth and Cleo Laine’s Christmas Show.

He has made a number of CD recordings including a duo recording with pianist Dan Whieldon, a commission by the Manchester Jazz Festival (The Felonious Monks, crossing jazz with renaissance music) and recently The Jazz Planets, a reworking of Holst’s masterpiece.

Mike headed Jazz Studies at the RNCM for 20 years. He now focusses on performing, writing and running various public jazz workshops throughout the UK and abroad.

Denise Ham is director of the London Conducting Academy and has an international reputation as a teacher of conducting giving classes throughout the UK, Europe, and Australia.


From 1989 to 2009 she was tutor of undergraduate conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and from 2006 to 2016 established the orchestral conducting course at Blackheath Conservatoire, London. She has held principal conductorships with the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Conservatoire, Aberdeenshire Youth Orchestra and Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra. She is currently principal conductor of the Bournemouth Rehearsal Orchestra.


Her instructional DVD, The Craft of Conducting, has sold throughout Europe, the United States, Australia and the Far East and is now available to view complete on YouTube.


Dominic Grier is widely acknowledged as a young conductor of distinction, equally at home in opera, ballet and symphonic literature, as well as contemporary music and orchestral training. He read music at Cambridge University and initially studied conducting with George Hurst, then at the Royal Academy of Music (where he won the Fred Southall Memorial Prize) with Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis and Mark Shanahan. He was a permanent staff conductor at the Royal Opera House and has served as a regular guest conductor with many of the foremost ballet companies in the UK and Europe.

Dominic made a critically acclaimed début at the Opéra National de Lyon in 2010 and has worked

regularly as assistant conductor there with repertoire including Siegfried, Porgy and Bess and Death in Venice. He has also assisted at the Aldeburgh Festival and has served as rehearsal conductor with the Britten-Pears Orchestra.


On the concert platform he has performed with the UK’s BBC orchestras and orchestras throughout Europe, the Far East and in South America.


He is increasingly active as a teacher of conducting and is on the teaching staff at the Royal Academy of Music as Tutor in Undergraduate Conducting.  Dominic was a major prize winner in the 2006 Alliance Cornhill Conducting Competition


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