Suzi Digby

Founder and Lead Practitioner

Suzi Digby OBE is an internationally renowned choral conductor and music educator who has trail-blazed the revival of singing in UK schools and the community over two decades. Suzi founded and runs three influential arts/education organisations: The Voices Foundation (the UK's leading music education charity); Voce Chamber Choir (one of London's finest young chamber choirs) and Vocal Futures (nurturing young audiences for classical music). Suzi is a Professor at the University of Southern California, where she is creating a Masters in Arts Leadership.

As a conductor, Suzi's 2011 debut with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was met with outstanding critical acclaim: "Choral wizard", "The mother of all music" (The Telegraph); "Sensitive and accomplished conductor" (Musical America); "A serious force for good within Britain's music education system" (New Statesman). Suzi is Trustee of Music in Country Churches, President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and was recently Acting Music Director of Queens' College, University of Cambridge. Among many TV appearances, she was a judge in BBC1's hit show, Last Choir Standing. 2012 saw the launch of Suzi's London Youth Choir (LYC), a pyramid of five choirs, serving all 33 London boroughs. In 2013 she conducted the first ever Youth Scratch Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall with over 1,000 singers & her fully-staged Haydn's Creation for Vocal Futures received high accolade.

Suzi assumed we could all sing - so we could!...Normally a very competitive atmosphere - so we let down our guard and played together...Everyone was committed to working together to get the best sound

National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare

Took me out of my comfort zone before I even knew it...Amazing parallels in music and what Suzi did with what we have to do as leaders and team players in banking...Suzi's leadership, energy and communication skills were awe-inspiring

HSBC Bank International

Greg Beardsdell

Greg Beardsell is a leading light in music education and performance. He is Musical Director of the Irish Youth Choir, Deputy Artistic Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and Artistic Director of the Ulster Youth Choir. He has recently been appointed Choral Director for the Gabrieli Consort and Players education initiative, the Gabrieli Young Singers Scheme. He works extensively as a conductor, singer, adjudicator, workshop leader and presenter and he has worked with many choirs, conductors, orchestras and organisations both in the UK and worldwide.

Ever keen to collaborate, Greg has worked with beat-boxers, electro-acoustic musicians, Irish folk bands, Indian musicians, dance companies and jazz bands.

In 2012, Greg taught Craig Revel Horwood, Josie Lawrence and Marcus de Sautoy for BBC 2's series Maestro at the Opera and throughout 2013 was a guest-presenter on 'The Choir' on BBC Radio 3.

Greg was a huge hit! He was instructive, inspirational and highly entertaining. There was a lot of laughter as Greg took us through the learning giving honest and amusing feedback. His approach quickly brought those who were initially reluctant to join in out their shell and there was a real buzz throughout the evening and even into the next day. We were delighted with his contribution.

BP

David Lawrence

David Lawrence is one of the UK's most versatile conductors, working with orchestras, symphony choruses and national youth choirs. His positive and engaging manner makes him a popular guest conductor and for many years he has delivered management training and team building through the medium of singing and conducting. He was recently nominated for a Gramophone Award for his conducting, and currently holds the Guinness World Record for conducting the UK's largest choir!

David has conducted in more than 20 countries, for orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Choir, the Hallé Choir, and the CBSO Chorus for whom he is the Associate Conductor, as well as the national youth choirs of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. David has adjudicated at international choral festivals and competitions as well as for the BBC Choir of the Year and Young Musician of the Year competitions. He conducts for BBC Television's Songs of Praise and directed The People's Chorus for BBC Four.

David is well known as a leader of ‘big sing' events, and is the Principal Conductor of the annual Young Voices concert series, which each year sees him conduct choirs of more than 8,000 singers in venues such as London's O2 Arena.

The groups really benefited from his experience, enthusiasm and dynamic sessions. Today has allowed students to sing without reservation and as individuals. David managed to encourage those that would normally seek to blend into the crowd to join in with vigour and compassion and not feel the need to conform or worry about their peers. We learnt a lot, and are now feeling more confident about singing in the choir – it was so much fun!”.

LVS Ascot

Dominic Peckham

Dominic Peckham is regarded as one of the UK's finest young, dynamic orchestral and choral conductors. Hailed as ‘one of the most exciting conductors of his generation', Peckham has been commended at home and abroad for his freshness and vitality, directing both orchestras and choirs whilst delivering ‘gutsy, raw and exciting performances'. A conductor of immense energy and focus, Peckham is passionate about the delivery of new works and inspirational collaborations.

He holds an impressive array of posts including Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House's ‘RM19' Youth Chorus, Assistant Music Director of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Artistic Director and Founder of iSingUK, Artistic Director of The Fourth Choir, Director of The Ulster Youth Training Choir and Guest Conductor for Aldeburgh Music.

Dominic is also a talented composer and arranger and he has worked with many top orchestras, conductors and choirs, and performed in prestigious venues throughout the UK. His workshops are fun-packed and high-energy days from Motown to Mozart, part-songs and world music, to mash ups and beat boxing!

Dominic was great – really great! We really liked the way he engaged with everyone and got the group all going and involved. Loved his energy and passion. He did everything we would have wanted and more.

BP

Andy Martin

Percussionist

Andy specialised in percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama which was followed by further study and research of traditional hand drumming in Ghana and Cuba. Throughout his career Andy has worked in contemporary music and dance ensembles, Latin and jazz bands, orchestras and West End musicals.

As co-founder and former member of the internationally renowned percussion group Ensemble Bash, Andy performed and recorded with many top artists including: Stewart Copeland (drummer on The Police), Evelyn Glennie, Nitin Sawhney, Joanna MacGregor, Steve Reich, Nana Vasconcelos and the Ghana Dance Ensemble.

He has performed and recorded with many top artists and performed at major national venues both in the UK and worldwide. His recording credits span many of the major labels, as well as performances on TV and film, and broadcasts on BBC radio and Classic FM.

Tori Longdon

Tori is a choral conductor, arranger and singer. She has recently been awarded one of only two places on the Choral Conducting masters course at the Royal Academy of Music.

She directs a variety of ensembles including the Templar Scholars, the Ambitus Ensemble, the London Refugee Choir and the Ladies' Choir at Lincoln Cathedral and works with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the London Youth Chamber Choir, the Ulster Youth Training Choir and the National Youth Choir of Poland.

Her singing career has seen her perform in two BBC Proms and record with Eric Whitacre for the grammy award-winning ‘Light and Gold' on Decca.

Alex Wilson

Pianist

Alex is a pianist, as well as a composer, arranger, producer and educator.

He has performed as an accompanist with Singing4Success in Switzerland to great acclaim.

He received an International Baccalaureate from the International School of Geneva and he has performed at the Royal Opera House, for Aldeburgh Music, Harrogate International Festival and he curates the Annual London Latin Jazz Festival in London.

With the Alex Wilson Trio he has performed as a solo artist and he has performed and recorded with artists such as Hugh Masakela, Courtney Pine and Russell Watson to name just a few.

Matthew Strauss

Percussionist

Based in the USA Matthew is Percussionist with the Houston Symphony and Timpanist with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival.

He has been applauded throughout the United States as an energetic percussionist and timpanist with a diverse musical background.

He has previously performed with many top USA orchestras (New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony), made solo appearances and is an active chamber musician too. Matthew is also a teacher and he presents master classes.