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Guest Directors

Vox Cantab is lucky to work with a series of talented guest directors.  Oliver, Patrick, and Sarah are introduced below.

Oliver Hancock

Oliver Hancock

Oliver Hancock

Oliver Hancock is Sub-Organist at Portsmouth Cathedral and School Organist at The Portsmouth Grammar School, having been Organ Scholar at Jesus College, Oxford, and was among the first students to take the MMus in Choral Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2010.

From 2008 to 2012, Oliver was Assistant Organist to Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir, accompanying their tour to Paris, their fifth anniversary Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3, and accompanying on their CD Penitence & Redemption (Regent Records). During his last year, Oliver was Graduate Organ Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge, recording a CD of music by Alan Bullard – Wondrous Cross (Regent Records) – and undertaking a tour of the East coast of the USA, including St Thomas 5th Avenue and the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York, and the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

In Portsmouth, Oliver accompanies daily services and works with the boy and girl choristers, regularly conducting the choirs in services and concerts as well as undertaking outreach work and tours. At PGS, he accompanies the Chamber Choir – including their recent CD Hodie! (Convivium Records) – and is responsible for teaching Theory and Aural Skills and A-Level harmony and counterpoint.

Oliver remains an active recitalist and has performed across the UK – including in London at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s and Westminster Cathedrals, Temple Church, St Bride’s Fleet Street – and further afield: St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Valletta, Malta; Tallinn Cathedral, Estonia; and across Italy, Cologne, and Paris. Oliver is an examiner for the ABRSM, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

Patrick Allies

Patrick Allies

Patrick Allies

Patrick Allies began his musical education as a chorister at the Temple Church in London, under Stephen Layton. He sang in Gloucester Cathedral Choir before taking up a Choral Scholarship to study Music at King’s College London, graduating in 2010 with First Class Honours. Patrick went on to post-graduate study at the University of Cambridge where he sang in Jesus College Choir.

While at university, Patrick founded Siglo de Oro, a choir that performs both renaissance and contemporary music. In 2014 the group sang live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and made its professional debut at the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival, of which The Financial Times said: ‘Siglo de Oro, under the assured direction of Patrick Allies, performed with vivacity and poise.’ Since then, the group has made appearances at the City of London Festival, Sounds Sublime (curated by The Sixteen), Music on the Quantocks, and the Christmas Festival at St John’s Smith Square. In 2016 Patrick and Siglo de Oro released their first CD with Delphian Records to glowing reviews: BBC Music Magazine made it a Christmas Choice and called it ‘a debut with a difference… a novel, ungimmicky project, vividly executed,’ while Gramophone described it as ‘so invigorating… this one hits you with its character and depth.’

Patrick also holds positions as Musical Director of Wokingham Choral Society and Morley College Chamber Choir, Conductor of Khoros, Senior Choral Specialist at Lady Margaret School, and Director of Music at All Saints’ Putney. His recent projects have included an opera-installation at a central London hotel, a Shakespeare Anniversary Concert in Stratford-upon-Avon, and concert tours to France, Belgium Finland, Malta, and Ireland. Patrick has recently been shortlisted for the Nordic Choral Conducting Competition with the Danish Radio Vocal Ensemble, which takes place in June 2017.

 

Sarah Tenant-Flowers

Sarah Tenant-Flowers

Sarah studied music at Oxford and Durham Universities and conducting with Sir Charles Groves, Peter Erdei (Liszt Academy), Laszlo Heltay, and Alan Hazeldine (Guildhall). She has directed a versatile array of professional and amateur ensembles both in the UK and abroad, including the Hilliard Ensemble, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Cape Town Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, the Kantorei der Friedenskirche of Düsseldorf, English Baroque Choir, Reading Bach Choir, Granada International Festival Choir, Harlow Chorus and, as General Manager, The Sixteen. Sarah is currently artistic director of professional vocal ensembles Singscape and Papagena, guest chorusmaster for the BBC Symphony Chorus, Harlow Chorus, and Vox Cantab, conductor in residence at Dubai’s ChoirFest Middle East, director of chamber choirs Encoro and NC3, and Associate Music Director of the Brandenburg Sinfonia. In addition she directs numerous community and school choir projects and adjudicates at choral festivals worldwide. In huge demand as a teacher, Sarah is currently Head of Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she teaches and conducts the RWCMD Chamber Choir and College Chorus. In addition, she teaches regularly for Sing for Pleasure and for the Association of British Choral Directors, which she co-founded, featured as conducting mentor to actor and comedian Bradley Walsh on BBC2’s popular TV series Maestro, and is choral conducting tutor for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s women conductors programme. As a singer Sarah performs throughout the UK with her female voice consort Papagena (www.papagena.co.uk).