David Lawrence holds the Guinness World Record for conducting the UK’s largest choir. He has been nominated for a Gramophone Award, and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. His work has taken him to Singapore, Colombia, Canada, USA, India, UAE, throughout Europe, and to Australia where he is a popular guest conductor and trainer of choral conductors. He is the conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Community Choir and Senior Youth Choir, and as Principal Conductor of Young Voices he conducts an annual series for over 100,000 young singers.
Francis Pott has an extensive catalogue of works which have been performed and broadcast in more than 40 countries, widely published in the UK (including by Oxford University Press and Edition Peters), and released worldwide on 40 CDs. He is the winner of four national and two international composition awards, and in 2014 was shortlisted for the British Composer Awards. In 2007 he was appointed Chair in Composition at the University of West London in addition to his role as Director of London College of Music.
Cecilia McDowall is an award-winning composer, shortlisted eight times for the British Composer Awards, and winner of the choral award in 2014 for her haunting work, Night Flight. Her music is commissioned and performed by leading choirs including the BBC Singers, The Sixteen, and Oxford and Cambridge choirs, ensembles, and at festivals worldwide. Forthcoming recordings include a CD of her choral music by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge on Hyperion, Standing as I do by NFM Wroclaw on Signum, and the Da Vinci Requiem by Wimbledon Choral Society.
Mike Sheppard has worked as composer, arranger, and professional trombone-player, and as a music publisher, sound producer, and consultant. He studied composition and orchestration at Southampton University whilst also playing professionally in big bands and jazz ensembles. A love of many diverse styles is reflected in a wide-ranging catalogue of compositions which encompasses orchestral film scores, pop, jazz, music theatre, contemporary opera, and choral music.
Philip Moore studied at the University of Durham and the Royal College of Music. He taught at Eton College, moving to Canterbury Cathedral as Assistant Organist, Guildford Cathedral as Organist and Master of the Choristers, and to York Minster, writing extensively for each choir, and to commission. He remains a freelance conductor, composer, and organist. To mark 50 years of service to Church music he was awarded Fellowships by the Royal School of Church Music, Guild of Church Musicians, and Academy of St Cecilia, and bestowed with the Order of St William by the Archbishop of York.
Jonathan Rathbone sang as a chorister at Coventry Cathedral and a Choral Scholar at Christ’s College, Cambridge, then specialised in singing and composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Having sung with the BBC Singers he joined the Swingle Singers in 1984, becoming their Musical Director for 12 years. Jonathan travels regularly as a lecturer and adjudicator, leading vocal and choral courses, and conducting. Much of his music has been composed either to commission or for his choirs in north London.