Our Musical Directors


Pete Churchill

Pete earned his choral conducting credentials as organ scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Since then he has straddled musical genres working as a community musician. Currently Pete’s portfolio as a freelancer includes school and early years work, running a music project for mental health service users and working with those in the penal system. Since 2011 he has been Musical Director of  Choir with No Name which was set up for those whose lives have been affected by homelessness. Pete describes himself as a ‘musical chameleon’ playing accordion in a gypsy band, bass in a rock band and Bach at home everyday on the piano! Pete has run a music project at HMP in Birmingham and ran a successful pilot for Choirs Beating Time at HMP Durham.

www.peterchurchill.co.uk | www.choirwithnoname.org |www.musicalconnections.info


Dominic Stichbury

Dominic is a singer, choir leader, arranger, creative facilitator, Beat-Boxer and keyboard player based in London. He is founder and Leader of the London based Chaps Choir and currently leads the Landmark Singers. Under Dominic’s direction, the 60 strong Chaps Choir has performed at The Roundhouse. The Union Chapel, Natural History Museum and Serpentine Gallery. Born out of a vision to get more men singing, the choir and the wider workshop programme aims to be an inclusive and open space to get more men using their voice and try to undo the cultural concept that singing isn’t for them.

www.chapschoir.com | www.bellowfellows.com | www.londonvocalproject.com | www.spookymen.com


Darron Moore

Darron is a Conductor, Singer and Pianist. He is one of the founding musical directors of singingworks, a company that develops an individual’s potential through choir and performance.

He has sung with the Royal Opera House, Holland Park Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Brava, Garden Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera de Lyon, Opera de Monte Carlo and  London Voices, among others. He has given over 200 performances as a soloist all over the world. He has taught singing at Queens University Belfast and held a Professorship of Singing at Trinity College Of Music. He studied Music at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire and has won many prizes including, the John Ireland Song Prize, Clare Rose Bowl For Opera, BMI Singing Prize and Conaldir Award for Singing. He is choirmaster of eight workplace choirs and the prison choir In Time at HMP Coldingley.


James Saldivar

James is a classical and jazz pianist, singer/songwriter, band leader, conductor and educator who graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Piano Performance. While there, he won the Mary Rees Chopin Prize and has performed around the UK, as well as in the US and Europe. A firm believer in music outreach, James has worked for the Welsh National Opera and the Sherman Theatre in their community projects and currently works with the Forget Me Not Chorus to bring music to people with Dementia. He is the founder and musical director of two mixed community choirs and alongside Patrick Barrett, co- leads the vocal performance group in HMP/YOI ISIS. www.forgetmenotchorus.com


Patrick Barratt

Patrick Barrett is an Irish choral conductor and music educator. He read Music Education at Trinity College Dublin and the National Conservatory of Ireland, DIT. During this time, he conducted Trinity College Boydell Singers, founded and directed Trinitones and the award winning choir, Bemused. He has sung in some of Ireland’s leading choirs, including New Dublin Voices, Irish Youth Chamber Choir, Trinity College Chapel, as a choral scholar and in the Rodolfus Choir in the UK. In 2011, Patrick studied at the Kodaly Institute,Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary.

Patrick recently completed an MMus in Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Alongside this, in July 2014, Patrick was the assistant conductor of Welsh National Opera, Youth.

Currently, he is a musicianship tutor with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and assistant conductor with the National Children’s Choir. He is also working with Brockham Choral Society and across London in the Ark Schools in the delivery of their choral music programme. Patrick is Spitalfields Music – Trainee Music Leader 2016 – 2017.

www.nycgb.org.uk | www.nccgb.com | www.brockhamchoral.org | www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk |www.athenaeumsingers.com


Emily Leather

Emily graduated as an Opera Coach/repetiteur at the Guildhall and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  She has since enjoyed a varied career as Music Director, Repetiteur, Animateur and Composer/Arranger in both the US and UK.  She was on staff with Cincinnati Opera, Portland Opera and Kentucky Opera as pianist and assistant chorus master and with Opera Manhattan as conductor for Dido and Aeneas.  In the UK she has been MD for Opera Up Close in the West End productions of La Bohème and Don Giovanni and is currently repetiteur for the Youth Opera Chorus at the Royal Opera Hose. Passionate about working with people of all ages and abilities, Emily regularly runs workshops across the country, works with youth theatres and choirs and  most recently appeared in the acclaimed new production The Events, with ATC and The Young Vic, as onstage pianist and choir leader. Emily has worked with the prison choir In Time at HMP Coldingley and has also worked with female prisoners at HMP New Hall in West Yorkshire.

www.roh.org.uk | www.operaupclose.com


Julianne Bastock

Julianne studied at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, London. While cutting her teeth on the pub and club scene in multi-harmony bands and session singing, Julianne began recording a cappella versions of her own songs using intricate harmonies for the accompaniment. Experienced in tutoring for vocals and performance she has developed her holistic approach to singing as a means of expression. As a songwriter, Julianne currently leads her original band and has performed at varied locations throughout the UK. Her music, which has strong focus on vocal harmonies, crosses genre from alternative-pop with a wink to the classical.