BIOGRAPHIES

Matthew Dunn

Director

Matthew Dunn, director, formed the Iken Scholars (then Sacred Voices) in 2012 to perform programmes of hidden corners of the canon of Renaissance polyphony. Born in Manchester, Matthew read music at Cambridge for his BA and MPhil researching 13th-century polyphony. He is Organist and Director of Music at All Saints’ Blackheath, having been Organist and Director of Music at St Botolph without Aldgate for the last seven years.

Danielle Hooper

Soprano

Danielle is a soprano living in London. Her musical experience is extensive, as a choral singer and as a soloist, beginning with a musical education at St Paul's Girl's School, and the Junior department of Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She then sang as a chorus member and soloist at Clare and Magdalene Colleges, Cambridge. She is currently soprano choral scholar at St. Gabriel's Church, Pimlico. Danielle also regularly deps at churches throughout London and sings with the Charpentier Consort. Danielle also works as a litigator in a Magic Circle law firm and loves Yoga, poetry and boxing. 

 

Emily Field

Soprano

Soprano Emily Field began her choral career as a chorister at St John's Cathedral, Norwich. Since then she has gone on to complete a Bachelors and Masters in Music from the University of Manchester. During this time she sang the solo roles for Handel's Messiah, Bach St John Passion, Faure Requiem, Schubert Mass in G and performed the world premiere of Macmillan's Credo at the BBC proms. She has regularly sung for BBC Radio 3, 4 and World service and is a founding member of Melodico Ensemble who have recently performed with the BBC Philharmonic, Clean Bandit and Boy George. Emily has just moved to London and is enjoying the variety of beards on display in Shoreditch.

Jenny Forsyth

Soprano

Soprano, Jenny Forsyth has always had a keen interest in music and from an early age singing became a real love. A member of the award winning Farnham Youth Choir gave an invaluable grounding and education in music-making, which then continued through school and university culminating in an undergraduate degree in music from the University of East Anglia, and a master’s degree in choral studies from the University of Chichester.

 

Jenny's involvement in music has continued not just in her own performance, but also professionally, as Music Administrator at Westminster Cathedral, where she is tasked with aiding the smooth running of the music department and world famous choir. She has also recently taken on the role of managing the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.

 

Jenny sings with various ensembles around London and Oxford, including the Iken Scholars, Sospiri (run by Chris Watson) and the Renaissance Singers, and she also sings regularly at several London churches.

Katharina Dunn

Soprano

Soprano Katharina Dunn came to England aged sixteen, after obtaining a scholarship to Malvern College to complete the International Baccalaureate. It is there that she discovered her love of singing and became an active member of both the chapel and chamber choir. Two years later she was awarded a place to read Classics at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where she became a chorister under the direction of Oliver Lomberg and Matthew Dunn. After four years at Peterhouse she went to London to study the Law. During that time, she sang with the London Chorus and the Savoy Jazz Choir, a newly formed group created at Goodenough College. Katharina is now a solicitor in London and founder member of the Iken Scholars.

Nerissa Taysom

Soprano

Soprano Nerissa Taysom started singing as a chorister at Great St. Mary's in Cambridge. Following a History of Art degree at Bristol University, she went on to study medieval architecture at the Courtauld Institute. She is a now a researcher for the artist and writer Edmund de Waal and has spent the last three years working on his newly published book, The White Road. Nerissa is passionate about bringing music into museum settings and has programmed concerts at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Turner Contemporary, Courtauld Gallery and at the Royal Academy with Aurora Orchestra.

 

Nerissa has sung with numerous groups across London and further afield, including The Renaissance Singers, Epiphoni Consort, Exon Singers, Charpentier Consort, New Renaissance Voices and the Victoria Consort in Kent, with recent concerts at Brandenburg Choral Festival and Stour Music.

Sophie Cleobury

Soprano

Hailing from Canterbury in Kent, Sophie has been involved in music and choral singing for much of her life. She spent four years at Birmingham University studying for a BMus (Hons) and an MPhil in Music. During this time, she sang with a number of choirs, most notably the Birmingham University Singers and the Ex Cathedral Student Academy and the Birmingham Oratory Choir. Sophie's career in music began at the National Opera Studio where she was planning coordinator, and moving to the Royal Opera House as a Producer for the Linbury Studio Theatre. Since 2012, she has been a secondary school music teacher, moving in 2018 to take up the position of Head of Music at the Royal Ballet School. She has recently taken on the post of Foundation Choir Manager for the Pimlico Musical Foundation, which is set up to provide musical training to children in the area. Sophie maintains a busy schedule of choral singing,being a full-time member of The Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and singing with a number of other London choirs, including the Holst Singers and the Epiphoni Consort.

Chris Murphy

Countertenor

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Chris is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Caitlin Holcup and Iain Ledingham.

As a chorister Chris has sung with all the major ensembles in Ireland including the Palestrina Choir, Chamber Choir Ireland, Piccolo Lasso, the Lassus Scholars, Irish Youth Choir, Irish Youth Chamber Choir and Dublin Bach Singers to name but a few. He achieved first class honours in a BMus Degree from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where he studied with Steven Wallace and Aoife O’ Sullivan.

Since moving to London Chris has started to sing with quite a few ensembles including RAM Chamber Choir, the chorus  of the Bach Cantata Series at RAM, Westminster Cathedral Choir and St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, as well as being a choral scholar at St Gabriel’s church, Pimlico. He is looking forward to taking up a post as lay clerk at Peterborough Cathedral.

Jess Daggers

Alto

Jess Daggers has a degree in politics, philosophy and economics and works as a freelance consultant for charities and social enterprises. She was born in Manchester where she first started singing in a local church choir. She now sings with several other groups in London including the English Chamber Choir, Orlando Chamber Choir, New Renaissance Voices and Spezzati.

Jessica Ballantine

Alto

What's this itemJessica read music at King’s College, Cambridge, where she held a choral award with the college’s mixed voice choir. She also held a Cambridge University Instrumental Award for chamber music (flute) and was a passionate chamber and orchestral musician. Since graduating she has completed an MA (University of York) and PhD (University of Leeds) in English Literature, focussing on contemporary non-fiction writing about the environment in Australia and Canada, and has taught at the Coventry University and Queen Mary, University of London. Jessica was born and raised in Sydney, Australia.out? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Marion Harris

Alto

Originally from the Midlands, alto Marion Harris graduated from the University of Birmingham with a First in Music in 2011. During her studies Marion had singing lessons with Faye Newton through the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research, and also sang with the choir of St. Chad's R.C. Cathedral, Birmingham. After graduating Marion trained as a Librarian. Marion joined the Iken Scholars in July 2015, and also sings with the BBC Symphony Chorus.

Andrew Balls

Tenor

Andrew Balls, tenor, joined the Iken Scholars in July 2015.   He is cantoris tenor for the choir of the Royal Church of St Alfege, Greenwich where the choir sings to a cathedral standard. With the choir, he has performed both at home and abroad including live broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and Vatican radio.  He is also the choir tour and publicity manager and has organised several concerts abroad in Bordeaux, the South West of France, Rome and the city of Palestrina. 

 

Andrew has a life-long passion for early music and renaissance choral singing and sings regularly with the New Renaissance Voices and the Thomas Tallis Society. Andrew is a graduate of University College, Durham where he studied Economics.

James Green

Tenor

Tenor James Green's first introduction into choral music came when he started singing as a chorister in Rochester Cathedral aged 8. He spent 5 years as a treble there, singing a wide range of music in the daily services. After leaving the choir, he sang in the back row alongside the 6 regular lay clerks in order to gain further experience of the repertoire. In 2010 he moved to London in order to begin a degree in Physics at Kings College London. He studied there for 4 years, while singing in the Chapel choir under David Trendell and Gareth Wilson. During this period the choir made several tours abroad and produced several recordings, including music as diverse as masses by Allegri, Richard Strauss' Deutsche Motette, Desenclos Requiem and, most recently, a CD of motets from the 16th and 17th century alongside contemporary works commissioned in memory of David Trendell. In addition to singing with the Iken Scholars, James also sings regularly at Christchurch Chelsea, St Gabriel's Pimlico and Rochester Cathedral.

John Robb

Tenor

John began singing as a choirboy at Winchester College, where he went on to be a music and academic scholar. He was a choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge from 2004-2007, reading Classics and Law. He now works as a barrister at Essex Court Chambers, and sings with the Iken Scholars, the Epiphoni Consort and as an occasional dep with the Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London. He also loves playing the piano and violin, especially accompanying. John is married to Jessica Ballantine (alto), and they live in Greenwich.What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Chris Jeanes

Bass

Bass, Chris Jeanes, is currently a Senior Associate at PwC specialising in Indirect Taxes. He graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from University College London four years ago and spent a year as a Bass Choral Scholar in St David’s Cathedral afterwards. Since returning to London, he has built an active singing career, particularly in Cathedral music where he is a regular deputy at St George's RC Cathedral, Southwark; Rochester Cathedral; and Winchester Cathedral. Chris also occasionally appears as a soloist and performances include the Beethoven Mass in C with the Welwyn Garden City Music Society; Pilate and Arias in the Bach's St John Passion; Peter and Judas in Bach's St Matthew Passion and on a lighter note, the Usher in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury. In his spare time, he conducts the weekly Compline service at St Gabriel's, Pimlico and longs to get back in shape.

Joachim Sabbat

Bass

Joachim started singing at the age of six with the Raleigh Boychoir of North Carolina, and was also

briefly a member of the London Oratory Schola. Following secondary education at St Paul’s School,

where he sang in both the Chamber Choir and close harmony ensemble, he was a gap year choral

scholar at Truro Cathedral. Whilst at Durham University, where he read Economics and Politics, followed by an MSc in Management Finance, Joachim sang with several chapel choirs, as well as the Cathedral Consort and Opera Ensemble. Apart from singing with the Iken Scholars, he is a cantor at Westminster Cathedral and often sings with Musica Antica Rotherhithe as well. Joachim now works in finance, and also acts as the Operations Director for a political think tank.

Maxime Rischard

Bass

Maxime, a Luxembourgish bass, started singing soprano in a boy's choir at age 7, and then percolated down the stave until reaching his current state. He discovered the wonders of Renaissance polyphony while an astrophysics student in Berkeley, California, where he directed a group of student madrigalists. He then moved to London, and joined too many choirs. Currently, he is completing his PhD in statistics at Harvard University, where he directed the Tactus Ensemble.

William Hess

Bass

Bass, William Hess, began singing as a treble under Stephen Darlington at Christ Church, Oxford, before moving onto Rugby School as a music scholar and then as a choral scholar at Peterhouse, Cambridge, under Matthew Dunn and Helen Smee. William works as a Tax Consultant in the City, and has sung with the Iken Scholars and Bach choir on a regular basis, as well as sporadically depping with other groups, with a particular interest in singing Renaissance polyphony. 

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