Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Janet has worked professionally as both a solo artist and consort singer. Whilst specializing in early music and performing with many of the UK’s leading ensembles, her versatility has led to her performing and enjoying all genres from Tallis and Purcell to Verdi and Puccini, backing on pop CDs, Jazz and Disney soundtracks, as well as enjoying an end-of-course Karaoke session!
Janet has long worked closely with Norfolk-based composer Patrick Hawes. Their first album, Blue in Blue, featured Janet’s “voice like melting honey on freshly buttered toast” (Radio 3) with The English Chamber Orchestra. Released to considerable critical acclaim, the album became the highest ever entry in the UK’s Classic FM “Hall of Fame” and continues to be regularly featured in their programming. Janet also premiered Patrick’s The Call, written for her, in Lincoln Cathedral with The English Chamber Orchestra. Her work with Patrick has launched her into the world of media music and her “bell-like tones” (Financial Times) can be heard regularly on TV, radio and films as well as on numerous classical and pop CDs. Janet was thrilled to premiere Patrick’s Song of Songs with her own choir, the Cecilia Consort two years ago.
Having sung with The Tallis Scholars for 23 years, Janet left the group in November 2013 after a wonderfully fulfilling career with them, touring around Australia, Japan, the United States and Europe.
As well as fulfilling her solo and recording engagements and performing with artists such as Morgan Szymanski, Janet enjoys adjudicating choir competitions and festivals as well as leading singing master classes and choral workshops for all ages, with more planned this year. Janet is very enthusiastic about working with amateur singers and has had a long and happy association with both The Cecilia Consort (Director) and Newbury Choral Society as their assistant Musical Director. From September she takes up her appointment as Head of Choral at Cheam School, where she currently has an ever growing family of pupils.
David Woodcock began his musical education as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral under Dr Allan Wicks. He returned to Canterbury at the age of 16 and completed 2 years as Cathedral Organ Scholar before going up to Cambridge as Organ Scholar at Queens’ College. During his three years at Cambridge, he directed Queens’ College Chapel Choir, the St Margaret Society Chorus and Orchestra and the Gentleman of St John’s. In September 1992, David was appointed Organist and Choirmaster at Oakham School, where from 1995-2005, he was Director of Music. Since September 2005 David has been Director of Music at Harrow School. Harrow has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its music education, and a large number of pupils go on to university with organ and choral awards.
David has a deep commitment to fostering music education of excellence. In the last 12 months, he has overseen more than 100 concerts given by Harrow’s musicians. Recent highlights have included conducting performances of Verdi Requiem in which nearly a quarter of the school played or sung, Strauss’s Tod und Verklarung and Ravel Piano Concerto for left hand with 17 year old piano prodigy Aristo Sham as soloist. In the last 18 months he has conducted the whole school in the Royal Albert Hall in a performance of Harrow School Songs; an extraordinary event which performed to a capacity audience; he has prepared a chorus of 400 teenagers for a performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony in the Royal Festival Hall and led a concert tour with Harrow’s musicians to Beijing, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Future projects will see him perform Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in Hong Kong in December 2014, and also prepare musicians for a performance of Francis Grier’s ‘Around the Curve of the World’.
He is a Fellow of The Royal College of Organists, for which he has served on Council, the Academic Board (or which he has just become Chairman), as an examiner, and has recently been elected to the Trustee Council. He has also served as a member of several national Music Education committees. Life as a school master leaves little time for other things, but David still finds time to perform as an organist and a singer. He sings occasionally with the Tallis Scholars and the Choir of the English Concert. As an organist he has given many recitals throughout the UK, including St Giles’ Cathedral Edinburgh, King’s College Cambridge, Coventry Cathedral, York Minster, Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral. In May 2009 he performed to critical acclaim at the Ars Organi Festival in Nitra, Slovakia. He has recently formed a new Saxophone and Organ duo with Gerard McChrystal and has also been busy as a pianist accompanying Soprano Mary Nelson. In addition to family life and working his other great passions are following Arsenal FC and Kent CCC.
Andrew Carwood, Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, is the first non-organist to lead the music at St Paul’s since the 12th century. He has gained a reputation as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, having had an illustrious career as a singer before focusing attention on conducting and choral direction. He trained as a choral scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, and was a lay clerk at Christ Church, Oxford and Westminster Cathedral, before becoming Director of Music at the Brompton Oratory. As a conductor his reputation was established with The Cardinall’s Musick and together the three-time Gramophone award winners continue to perform throughout the UK and Europe