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Daniel Cook

Daniel Cook is Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey, where he is the principal organist to the Abbey Choir and Assistant Director of Music to James O’Donnell. In addition he is Artistic Director of the Mousai Singers, Curator of JAM on the Marsh and maintains a busy schedule of recitals, concerts and recordings.

Daniel received his early musical education at Durham Cathedral with Keith Wright. Following a year as Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral, he moved to London to take up a place at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Nicolas Kynaston, James O’Donnell and Patrick Russill and participated in master classes with many of the world’s leading organists including Marie-Claire Alain, Lionel Rogg and Jon Laukvik. While at the Academy, he worked as Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral and Westminster Abbey before graduating with first-class honours in July, 2003. He was subsequently Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey from 2003 until 2005.

Daniel has twice been a finalist in the St Albans International Organ Competition. As a recitalist, he has played across the UK and Europe with performances in most of the cathedrals in Britain, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and in the Grand Organ Festival at Westminster Cathedral. Increasingly in demand as an ensemble performer, recent engagements have included concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the City of London Festival, BBC National Orchestra of Wales in the St Davids Cathedral Festival and Onyx Brass in The Hythe Festival. His work as an accompanist has taken him all over the world and he regularly works with many of the distinguished vocal ensembles and choral groups in the UK such as the BBC Singers. He has made several solo organ recordings for Priory Records and is one of their most recorded organists. Other projects have included a performance of the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in six recitals to celebrate the centenary of the composer’s birth, and CD recordings of the complete organ music of Herbert Brewer, Herbert Sumsion, George Dyson and Walter Alcock.

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Daniel Cook is Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey

Robert Jones

Robert Jones was a Music Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, singing in the cathedral choir under Simon Preston and studying singing with David Johnston and organ with the late Nicholas Danby. He began his professional career as a Lay Clerk of St. George’s chapel, Windsor Castle, and is still active as a consort singer – he was a founder-member of the Tallis Scholars and works regularly with the Orlando Consort and the Gabrieli Consort, making award-winning recordings with all three groups.

Highlights of his solo singing career include performances of “Messiah” in Birmingham Town Hall with the CBSO and works by Purcell in the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. He also maintains a lifelong interest in organ playing and choral directing; he has been Director of Music at St. Bride’s church, Fleet Street, in the City of London since 1988 and was conductor of Thames Voyces in the early 1980s, conducting the inaugural concert in the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell in 1985. He also spent several years as guest conductor of the Surrey Heath Festival Chorus, and has given organ recitals in venues ranging from St. Paul’s Cathedral to Sydney Cathedral.
Daniel Cook is Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey

Sarah MacDonald

Sarah MacDonald came to the UK from her native Canada in 1992 as Organ Scholar of Robinson College, Cambridge. Here Sarah read for a degree in Music, taking her BA in 1995 and her MA in 1999. She studied the organ with David Sanger. She was appointed Director of Music in Chapel at Selwyn College in 1999, and is the first woman to hold such a post in an Oxbridge Chapel.

Sarah has taught organ and conducting for Eton Choral Courses, the Oundle School for Young Organists, the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy, and courses run by the Royal College of Organists (RCO); she has given a number of choral workshops for both professional and amateur choirs in the UK and Canada, and teaches for the Cambridge University Music Faculty.

Sarah has played numerous recitals and made several recordings, variously in the guises of pianist, organist, conductor, and producer. She has conducted choirs on tours throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand and Canada, and has broadcast live on BBC Radio. Sarah is a Fellow of the RCO, and is a member of both its national Council and its Academic Board.

Sarah became a JAM Panel Member in 2003, and has conducted concerts for the Trust in 2002 and 2004.

Daniel Cook is Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey

Timothy Jackson

Timothy Jackson was born in Preston in 1972, and at the age of fifteen was awarded a scholarship to study horn and composition at the Royal Academy of Music. He continued his studies at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music, becoming principal horn of the European Union Youth Orchestra and musical director of the Lancashire Students’ Training Orchestra in 1994.

Timothy is now a member of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Manchester Camerata and the London Mozart Players.

Timothy is Composer-in-Association with Onyx Brass, and as a composer and arranger has had works performed and recorded for CD by ensembles as diverse as the Hallé, Ensemble Oxalys, the Lancashire Sinfonietta and the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields. His pieces have been played all over the world in halls such as the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall, and broadcast on national radio in countries including Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, France and Switzerland.

Timothy is Composer-in-Association with Onyx Brass,

Nicholas Cleobury

Nicholas Cleobury is Associate Director of the Orchestra of the Swan, Founder and Conductor Laureate of the Britten Sinfonia, Principal Conductor of the Oxford Bach Choir and Artistic Director of the Sounds New contemporary music festival in Canterbury.

He has conducted all the leading orchestras of Britain and Ireland, including those of the BBC and abroad has worked in Australia, Singapore, USA, South Africa,throughout Europe and Scandinavia and appeared at major festivals, including the BBC Proms.

His extensive operatic experience includes conducting English and Welsh National, Glyndebourne, Opera North, Wexford, ARCAL (Paris), Canadian, Chicago Opera Theatre, Flanders, Gothenburg, Hamburg Staatsoper, Malmö Musikteater, Royal Opera Stockholm, Zurich Opera and productions for Aldeburgh Festival and the English Bach Festival.

He has given countless premieres and has collaborated with the world’s foremost composers such as Bennett, Birtwistle, Henze, Ligeti, MacMillan, Maxwell Davies, Tippett and Turnage. Prominent new music ensembles he has conducted include Aquarius, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Fires of London, London Sinfonietta, Die Reihe (Vienna) and Opera Nova (Zurich).

For several years Principal Conductor of the Royal Academy of Music Opera in London, Nicholas Cleobury continues to devote time to students, working with such talented ensembles as the Southbank Sinfonia, Guildhall School of Music & Drama New Music Ensemble and Birmingham Conservatoire’s Thallien Ensemble.

A regular broadcaster, his many commercial recordings include an award winning Richard Strauss disc with the Britten Sinfonia and recently released recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Future plans include appearances with the RPO, Orchestra of the Swan, London Mozart Players, a tour of South Africa and projects for Sounds New.

In 2006 Nicholas Cleobury was made an Honorary Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University.

Nicholas became a JAM Panel Member in 2003.

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Nicholas Cleobury

Eric Crees

Eric Crees was born in London & studied at Wandsworth School, where in the famous boy’s choir, he worked with many distinguished professional orchestras & conductors. Of particular importance was the school’s long association with Benjamin Britten, who wrote a solo part for Eric in the Children’s Crusade.

While at school he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, & as a student undertook an extensive period of work with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. Upon graduating from the University of Surrey, where he won the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society’s ‘Joyce Dixey Award’ for composition, he joined the London Symphony Orchestra, where he spent twenty-seven years, twenty as Co-Principal Trombone. In September 2000, he was appointed Principal Trombone at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

As conductor and arranger, Eric has directed the London Symphony Orchestra Brass for many years, & has worked with the world’s most distinguished ensembles and brass bands in concerts, recordings and television and radio broadcasts. Eric’s brass arrangements have received great acclaim and have been played worldwide. Many of these are present on the two albums recorded for Collins Classics, Amerloan Brass & Cathedral Brass with the LSO Brass, and the Cala Records albums The London Trombone Sound & The London Horn Sound. He has also made a new performing edition of the complete instrumental ensemble sonatas & canzonas of Giovani Gabrieli for a world premiere recording with the LSO Brass, for Naxos and Marco Polo Records.

Eric Crees is also an internationally renowned teacher & is Professor of Trombone and Conductor of Wind, Brass & Percussion at the Guildhall of Music & Drama. He is a frequent coach at music colleges & specialist schools both in the UK & abroad, including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the Ulster Youth Orchestra and the Pacific Youth Orchestra in Japan. Many of his students now hold important orchestral & teaching positions throughout the world. In 1991, he was made a Fellow of the School.

Eric Crees is in great demand as a juror for international competitions, such as the Donatella Flick Conducting competition, the Leonard Berstein Conducting Competition, in Jerusalem, the Narbonne International Quintet Competition, the National Brass Championships, the European Brass Band Championships and the All England Masters Brass Band Championship.

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Eric Crees

Jonathan Manners

Jonathan Manners is Producer of the BBC Singers. Having studied graduated as a countertenor from the vocal and opera course at The Birmingham Conservatoire, he began his career at Hazard Chase working with The Tallis Scholars, The Hilliard Ensemble, Stephen Layton and Stephen Cleobury.

Following three years running SDG, the record label of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras, for whom he served as Executive Producer on a number of recordings, he became Head of Music Administration at English National Opera. Prior to joining the BBC, he was Chief Executive of The Academy of Ancient Music, and in 2010 co-founded the Gramophone Award winning record label Resonus Classics.

Jonathan Manners

Michael Bawtree

A musician with a wide-ranging international career, British conductor and organist Michael Bawtree has directed the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and many performances for Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet and Raymond Gubbay Limited across the British Isles. For seven years, he has been Assistant Music Director of the Lyrique-en-Mer summer opera festival in Brittany. Before moving to Scotland, he spent five years as Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk.

A keen advocate of contemporary music, Michael Bawtree has conducted world premieres of operatic, symphonic and choral works by Judith Bingham, Paul Mealor and Rory Boyle; he works regularly with Scotland’s foremost composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir James MacMillan, Thea Musgrave and Sally Beamish. For JAM he has conducted many concerts across the UK with Red Note Ensemble, the choirs of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities and the Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge.

For ten seasons Michael Bawtree has been Chorus Director of the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and Music Director of Glasgow Chamber Choir. He has also worked with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the RSNO chorus (as Acting Chorus Director), Andrea Bocelli, the Britten-Pears Chamber Choir, and toured with other choruses across Europe, North America, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Michael Bawtree, conductor

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