Stephen Varcoe is internationally renowned as a concert and recital singer. He has made over 150 recordings:  Purcell, Handel and Bach with John Elliot Gardiner; Haydn, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Grainger and Britten with Richard Hickox and works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Nigel Osborne, Thea Musgrave and John Tavener with various other artists.

He has sung with many orchestras and conductors in the UK, Europe, Japan and North America; in BBC Proms, concerts and festivals throughout the world and in recitals with Julius Drake, Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside.

With Hyperion Records Stephen has made many song recital discs and in 2009 he completed a PhD at the University of York on the Performance of Song. He is at present writing a book entitled “The Performance of English Song” based on his doctoral research.

Stephen teaches at the Royal College of Music as well as giving lectures and masterclasses both in the UK and abroad

Malcolm Singer, composer and conductor, teaches Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was Director of Music at the Yehudi Menuhin School from 1998-2017. He read music at Magdalene College, Cambridge before studying in Europe with both Nadia Boulanger and Gyorgy Ligeti. He was later awarded a Harkness Fellowship, spending two years at Stanford University, California.

Last year, his Lockdown Suite for piano featured in an online concert and a new orchestration of Clarion Call - now for Wind Orchestra will be performed at Sherborne Summer School’s 2022 ConcertFest. A revised version of Perfect Pitch – now for children’s choir, string orchestra, piano and percussion will be heard as part of the Shipley Festival in the autumn of next year. More information about Malcolm and his work can be found on his website:

Douglas V Watts is a Conductor and Tenor based in Portishead, Somerset. He read music at the University of Bristol and studied conducting with Jonathan James and David Allinson.

He is music director a number of choirs including Bristol Show Choir, The Posset Singers, Penny Brohn Singers and the sea shanty troop Kilkenny Bay Steamers. He also coaches young singers and pianists in the Bristol area and conducts the Blackbird Children’s Choir. Doug is the incumbent musical director for the Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Children’s Appeal Christmas Concert.

A lover of many musical genres, Doug teaches choirs to sing unaccompanied arrangements in a variety of musical styles including music theatre, folk song, sea shanties, pop, rock and occasionally early music. He teaches in a lively and uplifting style supporting his firm belief that singing is truly for health and pleasure.

Timothy Uglow is a versatile, dynamic and inspiring conductor, organist and harpsichordist whose work has been heard on all UK classical radio stations and beyond. He is the Director of Music at Worksop College and North Notts Chamber Choir, having previously been Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He has numerous CD recordings to his name: early recordings date back to his time as a chorister at Wells Cathedral, whilst in more recent ones he features as organist or conductor. As an organist, he has performed as a soloist in many of the UK’s leading cathedrals and concert halls and he brings to the summer school a wealth of experience working with both amateur and professional choirs.

Katie Thomas conducts professional choirs and non-professional choruses throughout Europe. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, she is noted as a leading choral music specialist in the UK.

She has performed as Guest Conductor to the BBC Singers, as Guest Chorus Master of MDR Rundfunkchor (Leipzig), and has forthcoming collaborations planned with Vocal Consort Berlin and Le Foyer des Artistes from 2022. She is Founder and Artistic Director of The Constellation Club Orchestra and Chamber Choir.

Equally experienced with amateur choirs, Katie is Vocal Coach and Assistant Chorus Master of the BBC Symphony Chorus and Associate Conductor of the 250-voice Barts Choir of London. Formerly, she was Musical Director of Brighton Consort and Capel Choral Society.

Katie is a visiting conductor to the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and the choirs of the Royal College of Music. She is a lead tutor in choral conducting technique for the Association of British Choral Directors and adjudicates at choral festivals worldwide for INTERKULTUR. In demand as a workshop leader, Katie is an Associate of the Come and Sing Company, and presenter for the UK Choir Festival.

As a professional soprano, Katie has performed with ensembles including The Monteverdi Choir (also acting as rehearsal assistant to Sir John Eliot Gardiner), Polyphony, the Academy of Ancient Music, and Tenebrae touring major international concert venues including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, KKL Lucerne and the Carnegie Hall in New York. With London Voices, she has performed in numerous recording sessions for film and video-game scores, chiefly at Abbey Road Studios London as well as broadcasting extensively on TV and national radio.

In 2020, Katie was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) by the Honours Committee for distinguished service to the music profession and for significant contribution in the field of conducting and choral music.

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