About Us

 

The Come and Sing Company boasts some of the most exciting, dynamic and driven musicians of their generation. Our exceptional team shares decades of musical experience as performers, conductors, workshop leaders, singing teachers and as educators. 

 

We also employ many of the UK's top freelance international musicians. This ensures that we bring together the highest quality professionals to work with you, whatever the project.

 

The leadership team are:

 

Tom Appleton - Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Tom's life in choral music began in his local Parish Church Choir at the age of 5. From there he joined St. Paul’s Cathedral as a chorister under John Scott. As well as taking part in the daily services at the Cathedral, Tom sang in many recordings, external concerts, and toured to Brazil and Europe.

Whilst a treble Tom played ‘Miles’ in Broomhill Opera’s 1996 production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with one review stating: ‘Tom Appleton has a voice that any Cathedral Choirmaster would die for!’.

After joining The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Tom then read Music at The University of York and following his graduation in 2007 he joined The Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Tom spent 10 years with The Monteverdi Choir as a singer, soloist, workshop leader, rehearsal conductor and choir manager.

Alongside his work with The Monteverdi Choir, Tom has been Musical Director of The Ipswich Chamber Choir, The Southend Festival Chorus, The Milton Keynes Chorale, and is currently MD of The King’s Lynn Festival Chorus www.kingslynnfestivalchorus.co.uk

Tom has vast experience of leading Continuing Professional Development sessions, Outreach Events, Workshops, Come and Sing Days, Presenting, and Conducting Concerts for a wide range of organisations including The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, The Choir of the Year Competition, Snape Maltings, The Hallé Youth Choir, Gabrielli Roar, and The Southend Boys and Girls Choirs.

Elenor Bowers-Jolley - Co-Founder and Vocal Coach

 

Ellie studied at Royal Holloway University of London, The University of East Anglia and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and holds a Bachelors Degree in Music, a Masters Degree in Music Performance Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Voice and Opera Studies.

 

Having been a professional soprano for 14 years, Ellie's passion for music and singing has led her to perfrom as a soloist and consort memebrt around the world (Monteverdi Choir, The King's Consort, La Nuova Musica). Through her work with The Come and Sing Company, Ellie id fulfilling a dream of passing on some of that passion to others. A sought after vocal coach and workshop leader Ellie had had the pleasure to work in outreach on behalf of Wexford Festival Opera in scholls, colleges, nursing homes, special needs facilities and mental health support groups, showing how music can have such a positive affect on all walks of society.

 

Now as a founder member of The Come and Sing Company Elllie, alongside co-founder Tom Appleton, hope to show how song can unite a community in a very special and unique way.

 
The CASC Associates
 
 The Come and Sing Company Associates play a key role in our programme of workshops and come & sing days. 
 
Each associate possesses the highest level of musical ability coupled with vast performing and teaching experience. Most importantly, however, they are tasked with engaging, educating, entertaining and inspiring our participants and audiences.
 
All associates are selected from Tom and Ellie's vast list of contacts following many years of working with the U.K's finest soloists, choirs, orchestras, and bands.

Sam Evans, trained as a Baritone at King's College Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music. He enjoys a busy career as a performer, choir master and singing teacher. He runs choirs and vocal groups that cater for all tastes and levels of experience. He is currently Music Director of Battersea Choral Society, Teddington Choral Society, the Battersea Power Station Community Choir, the Kingston Singers, and the Kew Gardens Choir. He directs "Barcarolle", a ladies choir based in Kensington, and runs the Chamber Choir at Kingston University. He was previously Music Director of Riverside Opera, and Choral Director at the University of Reading. His career as a soloist has included performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Opéra Comique in Paris, and Sydney Opera House. He is currently Head of Vocal Studies at Highgate School in London. 

Rosamund Walton studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Her solo career has seen her perform in many of the major concert venues of Britain and Europe, singing with orchestras such as the English Chamber orchestra and the London Mozart Players.  Now based in East Anglia she maintains a busy solo performance schedule from intimate recitals to full-scale oratorios and opera.  
 
Alongside her own singing she is an experienced choral conductor and workshop leader.  She conducts the Chamber Choir for the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians, a collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music, and is Head of Vocal Studies at Norwich School.  She currently runs the Norwich Cathedral Choral Outreach project and has conducted for similar projects for the Royal Scottish Conservatoire at schools in Glasgow.  She was a lecturer in Singing and Musical Theatre for many years and is an experienced Musical Director. If you would like more information please visit www.rosamundwalton.com

Mezzo-Soprano Martha Maclorinan is a versatile singer who enjoys a varied career of opera, oratorio, consort work, session work and recitals. Martha has performed as a soloist for numerous internationally renowned choral ensembles including The Sixteen, Tenebrae, The Gabrieli Consort, Ex Cathedra, the OAE and Les Siecles in venues around the UK and Europe. On the operatic stage Martha has performed numerous roles including The Notary's Wife in Intermezzo by Strauss and Lotinka in Dvorak's The Jacobin, both for Buxton Festival Opera and La Messaggera in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with I Fagolini at the Swindica festival in Poland.

 

Alongside her blossoming performance career Martha has over a decade of experience as a teacher and is involved with workshops and outreach projects. She regularly leads educational workshops for The Gabrieli Consort and Tenebrae, provides vocal coaching at Zenobia music courses in Spain, and teaches at the University of York. If you would like more information please visit www.marthamclorinan.com

 

Alex Ashworth is a concert and opera singer working across Europe and the United Kingdom. His recordings include Bach's B Minor Mass and St Matthew Passion for Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky with the London Symphony Orchestra, Guilio Cesare for Glydnebourne Festival Opera (DVD) and Monteverdi Vespers with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Amongst others Alex has sung with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, CBSO, the English Baroque Soloists, and the Halle Orchestra. He has performed at Glydnebourne, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera in a variety of roles.

Alongside his performing career Alex is a dedicated teacher. He is Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music and also teaches at the University of York. He previously taught at the Reykjavik International Academy of Voice. He regularly gives workshops for singers of all kinds around the UK, Spain and the US. For more information please visit www.alexashworth.com

Katie Thomas studied Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Noted as a leading choral specialist in the UK, she is in demand as a conductor, workshop leader, and guest-conductor.

 

Katie is consultant to the BBC Symphony Chorus, Royal College of Music and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britian. She is an adjudicator of choral festivals worldwide for INTERKULTUR and technique tutor for the Association of British Choral Directors.

 

As a Professional singer, Katie performed internationally with The Monteverdi Choir (also as rehearsal assistant to Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Polyphony, the Academy of Ancient Music and Tenebrae at venues ranging from Wigmore Hall London to the Vienna Musikeverien and Carnigie Hall, New York.

 

Katie is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Constellation Club, her own professional orchestra and choir. For more information please visit www.katiethomasconductor.com

 

Matthew Venner began his singing career as a Chorister at Westminster Abbey. From there, he went to Bedford School on a music scholarship and then studied as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford.

 

His solo work takes him across the UK and Europe with notable concerts in Birmingham Symphony Hall, St Paul's Cathedral, London, and most recently at the NFW in Wroclaw, Poland. He has performed in several world premiers including James Macmillan's Seven Angels and Alex Roth's A Time To Dance. He has recorded as a soloist with Signum Classics and Hyperion record labels.

 

He also performs with many of today's leading vocal ensembles including The Cardinall's Musick, The King's Consort and The Monteverdi Choir. He is a member of the internationally renowned Orlando Consort, an ensemble specialising in medieval and early renaissance music, and often leads choral workshops with them. He is also a Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral. For more information please visit www.matthewvenner.com

 

Peter Davoren trained  at the Royal Academy of Music and the Dutch National Opera Academy before embarking on a versatile career as a soloist and consort singer. Peter has performed with The Monteverdi Choir, The Academy of Ancient Music, Solomon's Knot and Ex Cathedra and has performed recitals in the Oxford Lieder Festival and at the Wigmore Hall.

 

On the operatic stage Peter has performed principal roles with Opera Holland Park, Wexford Festival Opera and Teatru Manoel in Malta.

 

Alongside his extensive performance career Peter is an experienced and sought after teacher and guest conductor.

After graduating from both the University of Bristol and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Welsh tenor Gareth Treseder became an Apprentice for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir. Solo engagements during his apprenticeship included Bach's Cantata 61 and Cantata 70 in Paris' Cite de la Musique, Berlin's Philharmonie and London's Cadogan Hall. He has since performed as a consort soloist on several Soli Deo Gloria recordings. He performed the role of The Shepherd in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex alongside the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and for te LSO's CD release. He subsequently sang the role with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Recent solo performances include roles in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and L'incoronazione di Poppea across Europe and America. This included a special performance in from of HRH The Prince of Wales in Buckingham Palace. Monteverdi Vespers in New York's Carnegie Hall, King's College Cambridge and Chateau de Versailles and Mozart's Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Gareth is also a published composer of sacred and secuar works, many of which have been performed and recorded across the world. Recent commissions include Eltham Choral Society's In Flanders Field's: A War Cantata, written to commemorate the World War One Centenary, and the Exon Singers' O Virgo Splendens to celebrate their 50th anniversary. For more information please visit www.garethtreseder.com

 

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