Matthew Rickard

Matthew Rickard read Music at the University of Surrey where he studied the piano with Clive Williamson. During this time Matthew developed his interest in chamber music and ensemble playing and was a prizewinner in the annual chamber music competition at the University. Matthew pursued his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Michael Dussek and Graeme Humphrey, specialising in piano accompaniment.

 

Matthew currently enjoys a busy career as a chamber musician and soloist. Recent highlights include appearances at the Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham, the National Concert Hall in Dublin and concerts in France, Germany and The Netherlands. Matthew has also recently given concerts at venues in Abbey Dore, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Churchdown, Cirencester, Durham, Farnham, Guildford, Godalming, London, Oxford, Reading, Windsor and Woking. Matthew has recorded seven CDs for the EM Records label with the violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck. The first disc, a recording of English Violin Sonatas by Arthur Bliss, Henry Walford Davies and York Bowen was awarded “RECORDING OF THE MONTH” by MusicWeb International and has been described as “a complete success” by International Record Review. Matthew’s playing on the second disc, featuring music by Granville Bantock and Joseph Holbrooke has been described as “heroically impressive”. Matthew has also recorded a disc of chamber music by John Pickard for the Toccata Classics label. Matthew has performed live on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” programme.

Matthew is accompanist to the award-winning Farnham Youth Choir, and has also worked with Constanza Chorus, Godalming Choral Society, Guildford Opera Company, Hart Voices, Horsley Choral Society, Lloyds Choir, Oxshott Choral Society, Royal Free Music Society and the Rushmoor Choir.

As an orchestral pianist Matthew has worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Moscow City Ballet and the Thursford Christmas Spectacular.

 

Matthew is an experienced piano teacher and has previously taught at the University of Surrey. He currently teaches at Longacre School in Surrey as well as having a private teaching practice in the Woking area.

 

Matthew has also lived in Japan, where he worked as an English teacher, teaching all ages of student, from three to seventy. Though safely back in the UK, he retains an interest for all things Japanese. His other interests include photography, walking, motor racing, eating out and travel.

The Artists

Artists associated with past and future concerts at St. Peter’s, Old Woking

Nadia Bishara

A first generation New Zealander, Nadia Bishara was born and grew up in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she graduated from the University of Otago with a BSc in Physiology and a BMus(Hons) in Voice. She then travelled to the United States where she completed her MMus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since moving to the United Kingdom, Nadia has studied with Raymond Connell, Linnhe Robertson and Ludmilla Andrews.

 

Roles in Opera include Lola in “Cavalleria Rusticana”, Apprentice in “die Meistersinger”, the Witch in “Hansel and Gretel”, Second Lady in “The Magic Flute”, Mercedes in “Carmen”, “Veronique in “Dr Miracle”, Nancy in “Albert Herring”, Flora in “La Traviata” and Idamante in “Idomeneo”. Nadia has also been mezzo soloist in Handel’s “Messiah”, Haydn’s “Nelson Mass”, Mozart’s “Coronation Mass”, Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols”, Vaughan-Williamsʼ “Serenade to Music” and Vivaldi’s “Gloria”.

 

Nadia has regularly featured in Opera Gala evenings and lunchtime concerts, having performed at local theatres and churches in Hertfordshire, including the Maltings Arts Theatre, Rothampstead Manor and the Hitchen Festival.

 

For a more extensive biography and downloadable mp3s of a selection of arias, please log on to Nadia’s website at http://www.nadiabishara.com.

 

Nadia appeared at St. Peter’s on March 12th 2011

Michael Jefferies

Michael Jefferies studied the flute at the University of Surrey where he gained a first in performance as well as a commendation for his final recital. Notable performances at the university included several premieres of new works and a concerto performance with the University Symphony Orchestra. He was also the recipient of chamber music awards. In 2002 Michael was awarded a scholarship to study with international flautists Anna Noakes and Wissam Boustany at the Trinity College of Music in London, where he gained a postgraduate-diploma in performance.

 

As well as being a freelance musician, Michael is Head of Woodwind at Peter Symonds College in Winchester and also holds teaching posts at Wellington College, as well as Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire. He is the founder of the Linoi Ensemble, which is a flexible chamber ensemble whose aim is to bring an exciting and fresh approach to concert performance and programming.

 

Michael has a wealth of experience of performing at functions, weddings and events with the Cantilena Duo (flute and cello). The duo performed aboard the prestigious cruise ship The World for a two month period travelling from New York to the Caribbean. He has played at many notable venues including Warwick Castle and Blenheim Palace.

 

Michael appeared at St. Peter’s on 23rd March 2013

 

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Neil Hickling was born in Nottinghamshire in 1976.  He began learning the clarinet when he was 13.  In 1995 Neil won a place at London’s Trinity College of Music, where he studied clarinet and 18th century clarinet with Keith Puddy and bass clarinet with Anthony Jennings.  After gaining his Bachelor of Music degree Neil continued his studies at the University of Surrey with Alex Allen, and was awarded a Master of Music degree in 2000.  

 

Neil enjoys a varied career as performer and teacher.  He holds a number of school and college appointments in and around Surrey, and has also taught at the Royal College of Music and the University of Surrey.   Among his performing activities he is a founder member of the clarinet quartet Ensemble 4, and has performed across the UK and abroad with them.  After giving the British premiere of Joseph Vella’s ‘Contrasts op.104’ in 2008 they were asked to perform in the Victoria International Festival in Malta.  Neil is also active as a freelance orchestral musician, and regularly performs with the orchestra of Surrey Opera, with whom he recently worked on the world premiere of Samuel Colridge-Taylor’s opera ‘Thelma’.  Last year he performed with the Endellion Festival Orchestra in Wagner’s ‘Die Walkure’ under the baton of Martyn Brabbins and with the renowned Wagnerian Bass Sir John Tomlinson.  Aside from music, Neil is kept busy helping to raise his two children with his wife Claire, who is also a professional musician.       

 

Neil appeared at St. Peter’s on 22nd November 2014

Neil Hickling

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Joanna Tomlinson

Soprano Joanna Tomlinson sings a wide range of operatic, concert and choral repertoire.  

 

Professional opera work includes Trincula in ‘The Tempest’ by Joe St. Johanser and Siebel in ‘Faust’ for Guildford Opera, Echo in ‘Hansel und Gretel’, and chorus in ‘Roberto Devereux’, ‘Iolanta’ and ‘La Gioconda’ all for Opera Holland Park; ‘Fidelio’ for the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir at the BBC Proms, ‘Il Pirata’, ‘Parisina’ and ‘Ermione’ for Opera Rara; and ‘Platée’ for English Bach Festival in Athens.  

 

Solo oratorio engagements include Magnus Lindberg’s ‘Graffiti’ at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, recorded for Radio 3; Beethoven ‘Mass in C’ with the Whitehall Choir under Paul Spicer and Michael Stimpson’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ with the Exmoor Singers at St Martin-in-the-Fields as well as most of the great oratorio repertoire including Haydn ‘Creation’, Handel ‘Messiah’, Mozart ‘Mass in C Minor’ and ‘Requiem’ and Fauré ‘Requiem’. She has given recitals at venues in London including St James’, Piccadilly; St Sepulchre-without-Newgate and St Magnus the Martyr.

 

Joanna read Music at the University of Bristol before gaining a distinction in the post-graduate diploma in Singing at the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Russell Smythe.  She continues her studies with Phillip Guy-Bromley.  

 

Joanna also works as a choral singer, and recent notable performances include Elijah at the 2011 BBC Proms with the Gabrieli Consort, Beethoven Mass in C for the BBC Singers under Richard Hickox, and concerts for Philharmonia Voices, conducted by great maestros including Maazel, Pletnev and Muti.   

 

Joanna is the Musical Director of City-of-London-based choir, Constanza Chorus and their professional orchestra, Constanza Consort, as well as director of several chamber choirs.  She teaches singing at Bedales School and The Royal School, Haslemere, enjoys cooking and fine wine.

 

Please click here to visit Joanna’s website.

 

Joanna appeared at St. Peter’s on 9th May 2014

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Loveday Singers

Loveday Singers are a choir of young adults who sing in a variety of styles from sacred vocal music to musical theatre and arrangements of popular songs. They bring with them vitality and spirit, which together with their musicality makes their concerts a very refreshing and uplifting experience.

 

Loveday Singers appeared at St. Peter’s on

Saturday November 7th 2015

 

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Maureen McAllister & Robin Jackson

The Organ Loft can be a lonely place, but there’s room on the bench for two”

 

Maureen McAllister and Robin Jackson, husband and wife organ duettists, have been making a speciality of presenting a wide range of attractive and interesting music in their recital tours which have taken them up and down the Country and across to Ireland.  In recent years they have played in the Cathedrals of St. Paul's, London, York Minster, Canterbury, Chester, Chichester, Exeter, Leicester, Winchester, St. Patrick's, Dublin, St. Anne's, Belfast, Dunblane, and Oban, The Kelvingrove Galleries in Glasgow, The Parr Hall, Warrington, and Croydon's Fairfield Halls. In July 2005 they played in Cardiff's St. David's Hall as part of the Welsh Proms season.

Maureen McAllister studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Dr. Douglas Hopkins, at Westminster Cathedral with Nicolas Kynaston, and in Siena with Fernando Germani, where she was awarded two Italian Government scholarships and two Diplome di Merito. Her recital career has included BBC Radio 3 and most Cathedrals and Town Halls in the country. In addition, Maureen McAllister was Professor of Organ at the London College of Music, and a Deputy Organist at Westminster Cathedral.

 

Robin Jackson was a prize-winner at the Royal College of Music under Richard Latham. At seventeen he was organist at Christ Church, Lancaster Gate, London, and subsequently a Deputy Organist at St. George's Metropolitan Cathedral, Southwark.  After five years as Assistant Director of Music at Sutton Valence School, he was appointed to take charge of student music making at the University of Bath in 1980, a post from which he retired in July 2005. He was a member of the Panel of Examiners in Music for Trinity College London (now Trinity-Guildhall) from 1983 to 2007.

 

They have two sons who are jazz musicians.

 

Please click here for Maureen McAllister’s and Robin Jackson’s own web page.

 

Maureen McAllister & Robin Jackson appeared at St. Peter’s on Saturday 11th May 2013

 

 

Matthew Rickard

 

Maureen McAllister

& Robin Jackson

 

Nadia Bishara

 

Joanna Tomlinson

 

Surrey Cantata

 

Neil Hickling

 

Michael Jefferies

 

Rupert Marshall-Luck

 

Loveday Singers

 

Matthew Rickard

 

Maureen McAllister

& Robin Jackson

 

Nadia Bishara

 

Joanna Tomlinson

 

Surrey Cantata

 

Neil Hickling

 

Michael Jefferies

 

Rupert Marshall-Luck

 

Loveday Singers

 

Matthew Rickard

 

Maureen McAllister

& Robin Jackson

 

Nadia Bishara

 

Joanna Tomlinson

 

Surrey Cantata

 

Neil Hickling

 

Michael Jefferies

 

Rupert Marshall-Luck

 

Loveday Singers

 

Matthew Rickard

 

Maureen McAllister

& Robin Jackson

 

Nadia Bishara

 

Joanna Tomlinson

 

Surrey Cantata

 

Neil Hickling

 

Michael Jefferies

 

Rupert Marshall-Luck

 

Loveday Singers

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Rupert Marshall-Luck

 

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Maureen McAllister

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Rupert Marshall-Luck

 

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Rupert Marshall-Luck

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Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for the verve, commitment and intelligence of his performances, RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK read Music at Cambridge University, where he was also an Instrumental Exhibitioner.  After receiving his first degree, he was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to continue his violin studies with the eminent teacher Simon Fischer and thereafter won a Distinction for his degree of Master of Music.  He now appears as soloist and recitalist at major festivals and venues throughout the UK as well as in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland and the USA.  His discography includes CDs for EM Records and Toccata Classics and his recordings have attracted glowing critical acclaim from the musical press, including MusicWeb International, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, International Record Review, and The Strad.

As well as his busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician, Rupert is active as a writer and speaker on the performing aspects of music, and he has presented lecture-recitals, seminars and masterclasses at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford, at University College London, and for the Centre for the History of Music in Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth.  He is General Editor of EM Publishing, which issues scholarly-critical editions of hitherto-unpublished works by British composers; and he has edited a number of works for performance and recording, including Violin Sonatas by Bantock, Bliss, Gurney, Sacheverell Coke and Walford Davies.

Please click here to visit Rupert’s website

Rupert appeared at St. Peter’s on Saturday 3rd October 2015

 

 

 

 

Listen to Rupert’s latest CD recording with pianist Matthew Rickard

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Rupert Marshall-Luck

 

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Surrey Cantata

Surrey Cantata - '... this closely knit group of nineteen singers ...' (Surrey Advertiser) was formed by Sebastian Forbes in May 2008, as an ad hoc vocal ensemble for singing concerts and church services.

By intention, it is smaller than most chamber choirs, and its exact constitution for each event depends on what is required for the occasion, venue and programme.  

  

Prominent in the choir's short history are their annual tours to Brittany - three concerts each July - and regular appearances in Guildford's two biennial music festivals. They also sing in church services, the full choir for larger venues such as Southwark Cathedral, or smaller forces for smaller churches.

Since its inception in May 2008, a smaller section of Surrey Cantata has often sung at special services, particularly at East and West Clandon churches, for weddings, etc.   

 

The choir was formed with ease, with membership drawn from several choirs that Sebastian Forbes has conducted over the years, in particular the Horniman Singers, Guildford Chamber Choir, and former students who sang under him in the University of Surrey Chamber Choir.

 

Membership for each event of Surrey Cantata is by personal invitation rather than by audition. This process ensures that the highest musical standards are achieved with a small number of singers. Each individual feels committed to making a genuine contribution towards a closely integrated manner of performance.

 

Please click here to visit Surrey Cantata’s website

 

Surrey Cantata will be appearing at St. Peter’s on

17th September 2017.

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Michael Jefferies

 

Rupert Marshall-Luck

 

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