TEACHING

I first started teaching in the early 1990's and, since then, have taught and coached students at all levels, including for the National Youth Choirs Great Britain and the Eton Choral Courses.

 

At Trinity School, Croydon, I teach boys of all ages (and girls in the Sixth Form) and love working with them to find their best voices at each stage, and challenging them to perform at the highest level for exams and in the regular Masterclasses, Liederabends and other performing events. I enjoy preparing our boys for the opera, concert and film session and recording opportunities which come our way for Trinity Boys Choir (www.trinityboyschoir.co.uk), which performs regularly at Glyndebourne and many of the top opera houses and concert venues in London and beyond.

  • In the last school year I prepared boys for:

    • Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream Malmö Opera, Sweden

    • Handel L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato solo boy recording and tour with Les Arts Florissants/Christie

    • Britten The Turn of the Screw Garsington Opera, Budapest Festival Orchestra/Fischer

    • Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen tour, CBSO/Gražinytė-Tyla

    • Berlioz L'enfance du Christ ORR/Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner

    • Puccini La bohème Glyndebourne

    • Britten Noye's Fludde London Mozart Players

  • This school year will see boys singing, amongst other things:​

    • Handel L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato solo boy concert in San Sebastian with Les Arts Florissants/Christie

    • Puccini La bohème Glyndebourne Tour

    • concerts in Germany including Bach Singet dem Herrn with the Tölzer Knabenchor

    • Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream in Rouen and at Glyndebourne    ​

Messiah at the Foundling Hospital
Messiah at the Foundling Hospital

Publicity Shot for BBC2 film, Easter 2014

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Billy Budd, Glyndebourne 2013
Billy Budd, Glyndebourne 2013

This photo was taken at Glyndebourne in the summer of 2013. The production, including 6 Trinity boys, also travelled to New York for performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Arts in January 2014

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The Turn of the Screw, Bologna
The Turn of the Screw, Bologna

SD admires his photo in the foyer of Teatro Communale, Bologna 2013

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Messiah at the Foundling Hospital
Messiah at the Foundling Hospital

Publicity Shot for BBC2 film, Easter 2014

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  • ​Other highlights:

    • Britten The Turn of the Screw 17 productions, including Teatro Alla Scala, Milan; Garsington Opera's award winning 2019 production; Aldeburgh; Vienna Konzerthaus; Grimeborn; Mexico Opera; Vienna Volksoper; Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv; Teatro Communale, Bologna; Opera am Rhein; Maggio Musicale, Florence; Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia; Opera Glassworks, London broadcast on BBC4; Opera National de Lorraine, Nancy

    • Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream at least 12 productions including Aix-en-Provence, France; La Fenice, Venice; English National Opera; Glyndebourne; Garsington; La Monnaie, Brussels; Royal College of Music; Bari, Italy as well as the Aix/ENO production in Beijing, Bahrain and Malmö

    • Mozart Magic Flute Glyndebourne; Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia; Garsington Opera; Lucerne Festival

    • Britten Billy Budd Glyndebourne and Brooklyn Academy of Arts;

    • Trinity Boys Choir EIGHT, a solo SSAATTBB octet singing Renaissance polyphony with the Dutch gamba consort L'Armonia Sonora at the Utrecht Early Music Festival.

    • Janacek Cunning Little Vixen Glyndebourne; Garsington

    • Bernstein Chichester Psalms 7 projects including Helsinki Philharmonic; LSO; CBSO; Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House; LPO; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam;

    • TV appearances including BBC2 film, Messiah at the Foundling Hospital;

    • chorus performances in operas by Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet, Ravel, Massenet, Tchaikovsky, Humperdinck, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, and concerts at the BBC Proms and with many of the London orchestras.

 

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