The Music Director

Jane Money
Born in Portsmouth, Jane studied singing from an early age and received some of her most influential choral training in the Portsmouth Festival Choir, then under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner. A Choral Scholarship took her to Royal Holloway College, University of London, from where she graduated with a BMus Honours degree, and she was then appointed Director of Music at the Marist Convent School, London. Further awards enabled her to continue her vocal studies as a post-graduate at the Royal Northern College of Music and subsequently with Sylvia Jacobs.

A word from the Music Director...

Here we are in our very special Silver Jubilee year - how time flies! Looking back there are so many things to celebrate. Last year alone we hosted a wonderful workshop on Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna directed by Jonathan Willcocks and preceded by Michael Stillwater's arresting documentary on the composer's life, Shining Night.

Earlier the same month (June) a number of the choir travelled to North Wales to perform with the Cor Meibion Bro Glyndwr in Corwen with their dynamic conductor, Ann Atkinson, and the warm reception our performance received in "the land of song" was very heartening indeed!

Jane Money, Music Director We also enjoyed venturing into the world of Spanish and Latin American music last summer, with the Misa Criolla by Ramirez being a real highlight.

And before I leave 2014, I must say how thrilled we were to add bass baritone, Andrew Greenan's name to our already esteemed list of guest soloists in our December concert. We were so fortunate that he was free and in the country on 6th December and his singing was truly inspirational.

Perhaps the finest memory for me in my ten years as conductor of the BCC is that of the Bach Mass in B minor with the Linden Baroque Orchestra. This celebrated the choir's 20th anniversary and it therefore seemed apt to invite the orchestra to join us again at the end of 2015 for a performance of the Bach Christmas Oratorio . Make a note in your diaries now as it will be taking place on Saturday 5th December at All Saints Church, Hove!

We have plenty of interesting concerts throughout this year, however, and a return trip to Paris, this time to the American Church.
In July, at St Margaret's, Rottingdean, we will combine music and the spoken word in a concert loosely titled "Sonnet and Song", very much focusing on Shakespeare and including the much loved Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music .

Details of these and all forthcoming performances will continue to appear on our website so do keep looking. Thank you to all our loyal supporters and to everyone who has helped to make every concert such an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. And a big THANK YOU to the wonderful choir from their number one fan - me! Here's to the next 25 years!



Tim Nail

Assistant director and accompanist.

Tim Nail studied Music at Glasgow University before taking the post-graduate Music Therapy Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

He has lived in Brighton since 1987 and works as a Music Therapist, repetiteur, accompanist and piano teacher. He also enjoys composing.

His Mass was recently premiéred in Brighton and we have recorded his Requiem Mass. Tim studies piano with Tony Purkiss.

 

More about Jane...

Jane has worked with many of the world's leading conductors, including Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink and Andrew Davis. She has sung regularly for Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Operas, with performances including a well-reviewed Madame Larina in Graham Vick's highly acclaimed production of Eugene Onegin. She has also sung with Kentish Opera, Opera South East and Dublin Grand Opera, and toured with the Earls Court arena production of Carmen to Japan, Switzerland and Germany.

She is much in demand on the concert platform, with solo engagements taking her over much of Britain and Europe. Her extensive oratorio repertoire encompasses Handel, Verdi and Tippett, and she recently made her American debut in a concert of Vivaldi and Bach. Jane has accepted several invitations to sing at the Queen's private chapel in Windsor Great Park, and she took part in a special Morning Service there in the presence of the Royal Family to celebrate the late Queen Mother's 100th birthday.

Recordings include the mezzo-soprano role in the premiere performance of Michael Finnissy's This Church, directed by the composer himself.

Jane now divides her "musical" time between singing, examining for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, teaching and choral conducting. Contact Jane here.

 
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