Our Professionals

Our Professionals

Greg Hallam, our Musical Director, works with a host of choirs on a weekly basis and runs workshops and residential courses throughout the UK.
Following his education at Chetham’s School of Music, Greg gained his bachelor degree from the Royal College of Music where he studied voice with Ashley Stafford.
He went on to study Choral Conducting with Patrick Russill and Paul Brough at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded an MA and LRAM, both with distinction.
 
Greg balances his life conducting, singing, teaching and adjudicating.  
He is Assistant Music Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, running auditions and educational projects - and director of their Boys’ Choir, who, earlier this year, gave the premiere of Jonathan Dove’s cycle ‘Seasons and Charms’, funded by the Friday Afternoons scheme.
 
Greg is Musical Director of Swansea Bach Choir, Bracknell Choral Society and works each summer with the Ulster Youth Choir.
Greg is proud to have helped set-up the London Youth Choir with colleague Rachel Staunton in 2012, directing their boys’ choir and training choir for four years and delivering workshops as part of their ‘Aspire’ scheme.
 
As singing teacher at Wellington College and Christchurch Cathedral School, Oxford, Greg teaches individual lessons to young singers aged 8-18.
Greg is Artistic Director of the Penkhull Festival of Music and Art in Staffordshire and has been responsible for bringing some of the UK’s finest talent to the area for the past nine years.

Nick Austin, our Accompanist, is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied under Carola Grindea and Harold Dexter.
He has been rehearsal pianist for the Bracknell Choral Society since 1981 and regularly accompanies and plays continuo in their concerts

An avid show tune lover, Nick was Musical Director for the Crowthorne Musical Players from 1988 to 2016. Recent productions included Hello, Dolly!, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Pirates of Penzance (Broadway Version), Oklahoma, Singin' in the Rain and Fiddler on the Roof. Last year he was Musical Director for Reading Operatic Society in their production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The show received 3 nominations from the National Operatic & Dramatic Association including ‘Best Chorus’.

Nick has been Musical Director of Stanmore Choral Society since September 2006. Performances since then have included Brahms' German Requiem, Jenkins' The Armed Man, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation, Mozart's Requiem, Britten's St Nicolas, Faure's Requiem, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Orff’s Carmina Burana in a joint concert with Thames Voyces.
 
Nick has conducted the chamber choir Thames Voyces since January 2013. Works performed include Handel’s Coronation Anthems, Bach’s Jesu meine freude, Durufle’s Requiem, Rutter’s Gloria, Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.

Nick has recently been appointed MD for the Aylesbury Festival Choir – a post he takes up in January 2017.
 
Nick is also an occasional accompanist for the Walton & Weybridge Amateur Operatic Society.

Nick orchestrates, arranges and composes for various musical and dance groups. Much of his output is tailor made music for dance schools and amateur choral groups.

Our Patron is Ronald Corp, Founder and Artistic Director of the New London Orchestra and New London Children's Choir, and Musical Director of the London Chorus and Highgate Choral Society. The New London Orchestra has gained an excellent reputation for its innovative programming, and Ronald Corp has made it his mission to breathe new life into a wealth of little-known music from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as commissioning many new works. Corp's engagements have included concerts with many well known orchestras. He also works regularly with the BBC Singers, and at the BBC Promenade Concerts, where he has conducted the 'Family Prom', and the 'Children's Prom'
Our President is Barnaby Smith who was Musical Director of Bracknell Choral Society from 2006 to 2011 and is delighted to continue his association with us. He co-founded Voces Cantabiles Music and is Artistic Director of the not-for-profit Music Foundation. Currently a member of the internationally renowned a cappella ensemble, VOCES8, Barnaby tours the world performing over 100 concerts across four continents annually. Barnaby's musical career began as a treble in the choir of Westminster Abbey and he has recently completed his studies in Specialist Early Music Performance at the Schola Cantorum where he continues to learn with Andreas Scholl. Barnaby is also an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme. 

As a countertenor soloist Barnaby has appeared across the World. UK Highlights include concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall, St John Smith Square and the Royal Opera House. Performances include Bach's St Matthew Passion with Mazaaki Suzuki and Vivaldi's Gloria and Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of Opera North. In Europe Barnaby has collaborated with amongst others, Il Virtuosi Delle Muse under the baton of Stefano Molardi (Bach: St John Passion). Future engagements include Bach's Cantatas with Les Inventiones and the Orchestra of Opera North and a recording of Benedetto Marcello's Psalms of David. 

As a conductor and interpreter Barnaby is highly regarded for his work in the Choral, Baroque and Film genres. Barnaby is Principal Conductor of the Senesino Players and the British Film Orchestra with whom he is currently recording the London 2012 Olympic Mascots Film Scores. Barnaby is also delighted to be President of Bracknell Choral Society. 

On disc Barnaby has released commercially on Universal, Sony, Naxos, Signum Classics and VCM Records.
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