Committee

Alison Fisher  

Alison Fisher - Chairman (alison.fisher@rscmlondon.org.uk)

Alison Fisher succeeded Trevor Ford as Chair of RSCM London in May 2016. Alison is a life-long supporter of the RSCM and joined the London Committee in 2010. Starting as Schools Liaison Officer she moved over in September 2012 to Publicity, also for a while looking after Membership. Alison is Director of Music at St Mary-at-Finchley Parish Church, London N3, where she hosts and directs an annual Young Voices Festival for the RSCM. As a professional singer (using the name Alison Smart) she is on the staff of the BBC Singers, with whom she records and gives concerts in the UK and overseas. She also performs in recitals and recordings and teaches singing.

Jenny Beard  

Jenny Dean - Secretary (jenny.beard@rscmlondon.org.uk)

Jenny Dean (formerly Jenny Beard)  studied European Studies at Exeter University and went on to work at the Medical Research Council Head Office managing the staff working in tropical medicine both at home and overseas.  She now works in a young peoples’ centre.  Her husband ran, and her children were all members of, the local RSCM church choir, so Jenny was always very much aware of RSCM awards and events and the life of a parish choir.  She joined the RSCM London Committee in 2011 and is interested in making the RSCM relevant to parish choirs of all abilities and of limited resources, both musical and financial and in promoting the value of choir membership to young people.

Alison Neilson  

Alison Neilson - Treasurer (alison.neilson@rscmlondon.org.uk)

Alison Neilson sings in the choir of St Mary’s church Wimbledon. After working on corporate and international tax at KPMG she now uses her accountancy skills in the voluntary sector. In Westminster Alison is Bursar of St Stephen’s, Rochester Row and Treasurer of St Saviour’s Pimlico. She is also Treasurer of the Wimbledon Almshouses. Her family are all involved in music, with her husband being a trustee of the Royal Albert Hall, and her son and daughter involved in choral singing in Chelsea and Oxford.  


Keith Brown 2014 high res
 

Keith Brown - Safeguarding (keith.brown@rscmlondon.org.uk)

Keith originates from the North East and studied music at the University of Huddersfield. During this time he held the position of organist at Mirfield Parish Church and he is a former organ scholar of  Wakefield Cathedral. Over the past ten years, Keith has been a Director of Music in some of the country's leading independent schools and he is also the Director of Music at the central Ordinariate church in London, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street. He has performed and directed choirs and choral societies in many of the country's finest cathedrals and he holds an Associate diploma in Church Music. In his spare time, Keith is an examiner for the RSCM exams and London College of Music. 



 

Richard Brain photo 2014

 

 

Richard Brain - Education and Training (richard.brain@rscmlondon.org.uk)

Richard Brain has been Director of Music at Christ Church Southgate since February 2013. His responsibilities include directing and training the forty-strong choir of adults and children for the regular Sunday and major feast day services, as well as overseeing the administration of the music department. In addition to other freelance singing and conducting engagements Richard is Musical Director of the de Merc Chamber Choir and Conductor of the Sine Nomine Singers, both of whom perform a regular concert series throughout the year. Richard also directs his own professional vocal consort, Knightley Voices. Previously he was a Layclerk in St Albans Cathedral choir and a Choral Scholar in Exeter and Gloucester Cathedral Choirs. During his time with these choirs Richard broadcast on BBC Radio 3, sang in the Three Choirs Festival, and recorded for the Naxos and Priory labels. Richard studied Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music under Patrick Russill, graduating in 2013 and was awarded the Irene Burcher Prize. Since January 2014 Richard has also been a member of the RSCM London Area Committee. 

Howard Lush  

Howard Lush - Awards Administrator (howard.lush@rscmlondon.org.uk)

Howard Lush joined the committee in 2011 to organise the awards programme in London. As Chief Technology Officer for a website agency he is also responsible for the RSCM London Area website. He has been a member of Pinner Parish Church choir for 25 years where he also volunteers as a youth worker. As a young chorister he successfully attained the Dean's, Bishop's and St Nicholas (now Gold) awards and therefore has first hand experience of the benefits that this programme offers. He can also often be found performing in amateur musical productions with Harrow Light Operatic Company. He enjoys music of (nearly) all genres and regularly works as a resident DJ on HMS President, which is moored on the Thames.

 

Rosemary Morton - Membership (rosemary.morton@rscmlondon.org.uk)

Rosemary Morton joined the committee in April 2016 and is a newcomer to the RSCM. She is the Succentor at St Paul’s Cathedral, and has responsibility for music, as well as working on the daily services and liturgical events. Rosemary trained at Westcott House in Cambridge, was ordained in 2010 and served her curacy in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Prior to ordination she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, studying both modern and historical performance, and continues to enjoy a career as a professional bassoonist. Rosemary is currently studying for an MA in Christian Liturgy at Sarum College in Salisbury.

 

Mark James (publicity@rscmlondon.org.uk)

Mark James formed his first choir as a teenager in his native North Devon before holding joint organ scholarships at Exeter University, Crediton PC, and a summer scholarship at The Anglican Shrine of OL of Walsingham. At Exeter he conducted the University Brass Ensemble, toured France and Germany with the Chapel Choir, played at HMP Exeter, and directed the music for Glastonbury National Pilgrimage. Mark was Choir House Tutor at The King’s School Ely, before being appointed Organist and DoM at St. Peter’s, Ealing in 2011 founding an organ scholarship and an international recital series. In 2016 he graduated with an MSc in Performance Science from the Royal College of Music, having researched sight reading amongst conservatoire keyboardists. He will present findings at the ISPS conference in Iceland in Autumn 2017. While at the RCM he ran the performance simulator and was schools animatuer for the £350,000 HLF restoration of the Hill Organ at St. John’s Hyde Park. He is becoming increasingly active as an arranger, composer, and writer.

 

Penny Davison (penny.davison@rscmlondon.org.uk)

Penny Davison joined the committee in 2016 but her involvement with the RSCM began when she joined her church choir aged 7.  As a young chorister she was a regular at the annual RSCM Choir Course in Edinburgh and successfully attained the Dean’s, Bishop’s and St Cecelia (now Gold) awards.  Originally from Lancashire, Penny has sung with numerous choirs and maintains her northern links by singing services at cathedrals across the country as a founder member of the Lancashire-based choir, Cantores Ambrosiani.  Penny is administrator of the St Mary-at-Finchley Youth Choir and has helped to organise the annual Young Voices Festival since its inception in 2011.

 

Ghislaine Reece-Trapp (ghislaine.reecetrapp@rscmlondon.org.uk)

At the age of 18, Ghislaine won the South of England Organ Competition, before taking up an Academic Scholarship and the Senior Organ Scholarship at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Following her degree, she was promoted to Assistant Organist at the Cathedral, and became Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Headington, and the Head of Music at Oxford Tutorial College. Ghislaine is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning the Limpus, Shinn and Durrant prizes, and the Coventry Cathedral Recital Award for the highest mark in performance for the year 2015-16. She is a member of the Royal College of Organists Academic Board, and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Ghislaine is also a keen composer. She teaches Academic Music at Eltham College, where she also directs the Chamber and Consort Choirs.

 

Kitty Malleson (Consultant)

Kitty joined the committee in March 2017. She is a semi-retired Primary teacher, trained in Durham. She has always loved singing and incorporated singing into the school day as much as possible. She is a member of Enfield Choral Society. She was until recently a member of St Andrew's Church choir, Enfield, and is now growing a small choir at St Michael’s, Gordon Hill. Kitty is also a keen participator in 'Concerts from Scratch - the Big Chorus' at the Albert Hall, choral workshops at St Martin’s in the Fields etc, and loves to make it possible for others to sing too.

 

 

If you are interested in the work of the committee please contact Jenny Dean (secretary@rscmlondon.org.uk). We welcome enquiries from all denominations.

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