Sunday 27th June
St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Barcombe
Finale Concert 6.00pm. Britten Serenade for tenor, horn and piano, and the Mozart Requiem.
Paul Martyn-West (tenor), Jonathan Farey (horn), Will Hancox (piano), Olivia Hemmings (soprano), Francesca Calvert (alto), Andrew Robinson (bass) and the Laughton Village Choir, the Clockhouse singers and friends, conducted by Linda Glenn.
PERFORMANCE AT 6.00 PM
TICKETS £15. FULL-TIME STUDENTS FREE
DRINKS AFTER PERFORMANCE
The Laughton Village Choir (LVC)
(briefly the Local Villages Choir but has reverted back to our original name.)
The LVC has grown to 60+ from a handful of people meeting at the Roebuck pub in Laughton to sing simple rounds and carols in 2008. We ought really to be called the Laughton Festival Choir since it was at the first ever Villages Festival Finale in 2012 that Linda conducted the combined 6 choirs present in a Hallelujah Chorus, and at that moment, a mini choral society was born. Since then the learning curve has been steep and demanding. Starting with a diet of a cappella close harmony we moved on to Faure, Vivaldi, Elgar, Bach, Beethoven and, last year, Brahms. Brahms was another watershed moment. By far the hardest music the choir had yet attempted, there was a collective pulling together; sectional rehearsals lead to social as well as musical cohesion. The resulting performance in June 2019 was exceptional, and it showed us what we could achieve given time and commitment. But let’s be clear, this is not an auditioned choir. Anyone is welcome provided they can commit to home work. No previous choral experience is needed, nor an ability to read music – yet. Ably assisted by choral accompanist, Tim Thornton, the choir meets every Monday evening 8.00-9.30 at the Laughton Village Hall. Male singers are particularly welcome! harmony. As a mezzo soprano she sang as a soloist and in ensembles in and around the home counties. In 35+ years of teaching Linda has specialised in training amateur singers of all standards, especially welcoming beginners. She has turned rank and file choral singers into soloists, enabled the so-called tone deaf to join choirs, prepared candidates for diplomas and entrance auditions, restored elderly singers to singing after they had withdrawn into premature retirement, and rescued voices in real trouble. She regularly runs vocal workshops for choirs and choral societies across the SE.
The Clockhouse Singers
This evening the LVC is joined by The Clockhouse Singers, Linda’s other choir; a small group that meets on Thursday mornings to sing a cappella close harmony, both classical and light. The CH Singers was born out of a vocal workshop set up for parents dropping off their kids at school. Since then it has morphed via being an all female choir, into a mixed ensemble. Again male singers are invited to apply.
Linda Glenn MA
Linda Glenn MA, choral trainer and animateur, conductor and singing teacher.
Linda teaches adults to sing, and steers everyone she can into one of her two choirs, because her first love is singing in harmony. As a mezzo soprano she sang as a soloist and in ensembles in and around the home counties. In 35+ years of teaching Linda has specialised in training amateur singers of all standards, especially welcoming beginners. She has turned rank and file choral singers into soloists, enabled the so-called tone deaf to join choirs, prepared candidates for diplomas and entrance auditions, restored elderly singers to singing after they had withdrawn into premature retirement, and rescued voices in real trouble. She regularly runs vocal workshops for choirs and choral societies across the SE.
Jonathan completed a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music with first class honours and an undergraduate in Maths and Music at Cardiff University. He enjoys a busy freelance career, having recently performed with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathan has a growing portfolio of recordings - most recently, highlights include discs with the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, and a television and cinema release for the Royal Opera House’s ‘Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words’. He has also performed live on BBC Radio, and as part of the BBC Proms.
Jonathan has a huge passion for chamber music and performs regularly with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, and his wind quintet, the Magnard Ensemble. The Magnards have been on young artist programmes for the Tillett Trust and Tunnell Trust, and have recently completed a residency at Snape Maltings. They have also performed on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme, and across the world at venues including the Wigmore Hall, KKL Lucerne and Bridgewater Hall. Away from the wind quintet repertoire, Jonathan has recently performed Schubert’s ‘Auf dem Strom’ alongside Ailish Tynan and Simon Lepper at the Lake Summer Music Festival.
William Hancox has always had wide-ranging musical interests including solo playing, chamber music, duo work and vocal coaching.
He has performed at major halls in numerous countries, held staff pianist posts at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity College of Music and premiered contemporary works at the Cheltenham Festival and London's South Bank.
Recordings include the complete voice and piano works of the Icelandic composer Jon Asgeirsson, contemporary violin and cello sonatas (with international cello virtuoso Rohan de Saram), the complete Morike songs of Hugo Wolf and a disc of classical lullabies with Austrian soprano Esther Levin. William has broadcast for the BBC and Classic FM. He was educated at Cambridge, subsequently studying with the Hungarian pianist Joseph Weingarten, himself a student of Dohnanyi, Bartok and Kodaly.
Andrew Robinson, Baritone, has diplomas in singing performance from the ABRSM and Trinity College London. A resident of Lewes, Andrew sings regularly in the Sussex area, performing recently as a soloist in fully staged productions for Opera Alumnus (Melisso, Handel’s Alcina) Singing Salon (Papageno, Mozart’s The Magic Flute) BCS (Dido and Aeneas), BREMF (Plutone, Monteverdi's Orfeo), Andrew performs as an Oratorio soloist with recent experience at Eastbourne Choral Society (Bach, Christmas Oratorio), Seaford Choral Society (Messiah, Nelson Mass). Andrew also works with Spanish Early Music group Resonet and has sung with them in concert France and Spain. In February 2020 Andrew recorded a CD with Resonet, tracing the origins of the Chaconne. He is looking forward to singing the role of Polyphemus for New Sussex Opera’s production of Acis & Galatea in May and June 2020. Andrew directs the BREMF Community Choir and has recently been working with them developing a programme of original music from the Priory at Lewes, that has not been heard for 500 years. Andrew is studying with Pippa Dames Longworth.
Paul Martyn-West studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the Royal Academy of Music, London. After gaining an Entrance Foundation Scholarship to the R.A.M., he went on to win a number of prestigious prizes including the Major van Someren-Godfrey Prize for English Song, the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, the Grisi Mario Prize and Robert Alva Memorial Prize. Concurrently, he was awarded an L.R.A.M. and a Certificate of Advanced Studies.
In 1992, Paul gained a Masters Degree (with Distinction) in Music Performance at City University, London ( his main thesis being “The Musico-Literary Development of E.J. Moeran’s Published Solo Songs and his second thesis describing “The Significance of the Falsetto Function in Voice Production”). He was awarded the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Prize for Musical Excellence and later went on to study with the distinguished singing teacher and pedagogue, Cornelius Reid, in New York, London and Frankfurt.
Paul regularly sings as a recitalist in programmes of English Song and Lieder, throughout Britain. Engagements have taken him to the USA, Germany and the Republic of Ireland. He has sung for the English Poetry and Song Society and has judged new competition songs. He has also performed for the Ivor Gurney Society, the Peter Warlock Society and, more recently, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society and has been the dedicatory of a number of works by such composers as Andrew Campling, Margaret Wegener and Geoffrey Stern. ( In 2005, Paul recorded a CD of music by Stern, Warlock and Moeran on the Divine Art label).
Paul’s oratorio repertoire includes the tenor parts in Haydn’s “Creation”, “ The Seasons” and various Masses; Handel’s “Messiah”; Bach’s “St John” and “St Matthew” Passions, “Magnificat” and “Christmas Oratorio”; Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” and “Hymn of Praise”; Mozart’s “Requiem”; Bruckner’s “Te Deum”; Janaceks’s “Otcenas”; Orff’s “Carmina Burana” (Tenor and Baritone parts), and Britten’s “St Nicholas”.
A number of Paul’s compositions have been performed by the London Dockland Singers, Thames Chamber Choir, City Chamber Choir and The City of Ely Military Band. He has also contributed an article to the “Church Music Quarterly” and a chapter to Cornelius Reid’s 90th birthday book, “The Modern Singing Master” ( 2002). Paul has also conducted major choral works at day-workshops for various choral societies.
A member of the Association of Teachers of Singing, Paul runs an extensive private teaching practice in London and teaches singing to students at Colfe’s School, SE London.