The Come and Sing Company create and deliver tailor-made musical workshops and events to help people connect through music.
Our team of Performers, Conductors, Educators, Singers, Instrumentalists, Song-Writers, Producers and Composers are often found working with some of the world’s finest Festivals, Concert Halls, Schools and Universities, Choirs and Orchestras.
Since our formation in 2017, the Come and Sing Company have worked with organisations as diverse as the National Trust, Silver Spoon, Local Government, SEN Schools, Music Education Hubs, a pop-up choir for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, as well as the Theatre Royal – Norwich, Britten Pears Arts (formerly Snape Maltings), and Wexford Mental Health Association.
We led the Massed Ensemble, with 700 school children, at the 2019 Music for Youth Proms in the Royal Albert Hall and had over 200,000 children – from Aberdeen to the Isle of White – singing together as part of ‘Rapunzel – The Lockdown Pantomime’.
We are delighted to work in partnership with a number of Music Education Hubs including those in Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.
All of our projects, large or small, share one core value. We believe that when a community makes music together, it is stronger for having done so.
Ruth Oakley, Director, Arts and Gardens
Working with Tom and Ellie is a complete delight. I have loved watching them bring out the very best in people, from the most reticent to the most experienced of participants. Their music leadership is truly engaging and they are both wonderfully collaborative and thoughtful artists.
Tom Appleton – Artistic Director
Our Artistic Director Tom has spent his life in Music. Whether conducting at the Royal Albert Hall, singing at the FA Cup Final, or teaching in an ‘Excellent’ (ISI) school, Tom is well used to making music at a high level.
Spotted in his primary school’s Nativity play, Tom became a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral and later spent 10 years singing in the Monteverdi Choir – who were voted the ‘World’s Best Choir’ (Gramophone Magazine) – under Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Now much in demand as a Conductor, Workshop Leader and Music Director, Tom’s knowledgeable, welcoming and energetic approach enables people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to enjoy the myriad of benefits found in music making.
Tom was the MD on ‘Giant: A Tree Climbing Concert’ as part of the Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture celebrations, is the Director of Music at Aldeburgh Music Club and held similar positions with the King's Lynn Festival Chorus, Milton Keynes Chorale and the Southend Festival Chorus in the past.
Away from music, Tom once won a Blue Peter badge for saving the life of a pigeon….
Elenor Bowers-Jolley – Creative Director
Creative Director Ellie is our vocal and special educational needs lead who also thrives in project development work for CASC. If you’ve got an idea, she can make it happen! With over twenty years as a professional soprano and in arts management, Ellie’s skills and experience give CASC access to a wealth of knowledge.
Ellie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Royal Holloway, University of London), a Masters in Performance Studies (UEA) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Voice with distinction (RWCMD).
Alongside her CASC work, Ellie continues to perform professionally across the globe as a soloist and as a choir member with the likes of The Monteverdi Choir, Wexford Festival Opera, La Nuova Musica and Capilla Cayrasco.
Through her work with the Come and Sing Company Ellie is fulfilling a dream of passing on her passion for music and group singing to others.
Ellie has a large collection of Dr. Marten boots, a miniature Dachshund and an ever-increasing amount of gym kit!
Alex Ashworth is a concert and opera singer working across Europe and the United Kingdom. His recordings include Bach’s B Minor Mass and St Matthew Passion for Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky with the London Symphony Orchestra, Guilio Cesare for Glydnebourne Festival Opera (DVD) and Monteverdi Vespers with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Amongst others Alex has sung with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, CBSO, the English Baroque Soloists, and the Halle Orchestra. He has performed at Glydnebourne, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera in a variety of roles. Alongside his performing career Alex is a dedicated teacher. He is Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music and also teaches at the University of York. He previously taught at the Reykjavik International Academy of Voice. He regularly gives workshops for singers of all kinds around the UK, Spain and the US. For more information please visit www.alexashworth.com
Ben is an aspiring artist forging a diverse career as an organist, conductor and keyboardist with a passion and affinity for music of the seventeenth – and eighteenth-centuries. An MA graduate of the University of York, Ben’s studies focussed on Baroque performance practice and the influence on J S Bach’s music by his European counterparts. Church music shaped much of Ben’s early career and training and he has previously held positions at Peterborough, Sheffield and Ripon Cathedrals, the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, St Bartholomew the Great, London and York Minster.
As a solo artist, recent and forthcoming highlights include the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the London Handel Festival, the King’s Lynn Festival as well as appearances on the continent.
Ben often collaborates with singers, instrumentalists and ensembles as an accompanist and continuo player. He appears regularly with York-based ensembles, including the Univeristy of York Choir, Chamber Choir, Yorkshire Bach Choir and the distinguished Yorkshire Baroque Soloists.
Ben is a member of the keyboard department’s teaching staff and an accompanist at the University of York. He is currently Assistant Musical Director of the King’s Lynn Festival Chorus as well as a proud Associate of the Come and Sing Company. https://www.benhorden.com
Welsh tenor and composer Gareth Treseder previously studied at the University of Bristol and Cardiff’s Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has since been made an Honorary Associate of the RWCMD in recognition of his musical achievements. Alongside his singing career performing with the Monteverdi Choir, BBC Singers (ad hoc), Sonoro and St Margaret’s Westminster Abbey Choir, Gareth composes chiefly sacred choral works, several of which have been published by Boosey & Hawkes and Hal Leonard.
The Three Choirs Festival 2019 saw the world premiere of his choral and orchestral setting of Ivor Gurney’s text, “The Songs I Had”. Temple Church Choir’s commission in the same year, “Come, Let Us Return to the Lord”, was subsequently performed as part of their Ash Wednesday Choral Evensong broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 in 2020 and will soon be published by Stainer & Bell. Upcoming commissions include “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring” for Sonoro’s Choral Inspirations 2 project in 2021 and “Righteousness and Equity” written for Temple Church Choir. www.garethtreseder.com
Katie Thomas studied Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Noted as a leading choral specialist in the UK, she is in demand as a conductor, workshop leader, and guest-conductor.
Katie is consultant to the BBC Symphony Chorus, Royal College of Music and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britian. She is an adjudicator of choral festivals worldwide for INTERKULTUR and technique tutor for the Association of British Choral Directors.
As a Professional singer, Katie performed internationally with The Monteverdi Choir (also as rehearsal assistant to Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Polyphony, the Academy of Ancient Music and Tenebrae at venues ranging from Wigmore Hall London to the Vienna Musikeverien and Carnigie Hall, New York.
Katie is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Constellation Club, her own professional orchestra and choir. For more information please visit www.katiethomasconductor.com
Martha McLorinan trained at the RWCMD, and won prizes at ROSL and the Thelma King Award. She now enjoys a career of oratorio, opera, consort and recording work. Solo oratorio highlights include Bach’s St. John Passion at Zarayadye Concert Hall, Moscow (The Taverner Consort/Andrew Parrott), St. Matthew Passion at St. John’s Cathedral, Malta (OAE/John Butt), Magnificat at Snape Maltings (Les Siecles/Francois Xavier-Roth), Handel’s Messiah at Symphony Hall (CBSO/Simon Halsey and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse at the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam (The Sixteen/Harry Christophers). Opera roles include Lotinka (Dvorak’s the Jacobin) and The Notary’s wife (Strauss’ Intermezzo) for Buxton Festival Opera, First Witch (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas) at the Royal Festival Hall (London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Roger Norrington) and Second Witch at Wigmore Hall (Trevor Pinnock and friends), and La Messaggera and Proserpina Monteveri’s L’Orfeo (i fagiolini/Robert Hollingworth). She has recorded with Ex Cathedra (Garcia’s Missa Pastoril) and Tenebrae (Bingham’s The Drowned Lovers).
Martha also teaches singing, and is regularly involved in educational work for groups such as Tenebrae and the Gabrieli Consort. She has provided vocal coaching at Zenobia music courses in Spain, and worked with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain as a section head.
Matthew Venner began his singing career as a Chorister at Westminster Abbey. From there, he went to Bedford School on a music scholarship and then studied as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford.
His solo work takes him across the UK and Europe with notable concerts in Birmingham Symphony Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and most recently at the NFW in Wroclaw, Poland. He has performed in several world premiers including James Macmillan’s Seven Angels and Alex Roth’s A Time To Dance. He has recorded as a soloist with Signum Classics and Hyperion record labels.
He also performs with many of today’s leading vocal ensembles including The Cardinall’s Musick, The King’s Consort and The Monteverdi Choir. He is a member of the internationally renowned Orlando Consort, an ensemble specialising in medieval and early renaissance music, and often leads choral workshops with them. He is also a Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral. For more information please visit www.matthewvenner.com
Peter Davoren trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Dutch National Opera Academy before embarking on a versatile career as a soloist and consort singer. Peter has performed with The Monteverdi Choir, The Academy of Ancient Music, Solomon’s Knot and Ex Cathedra and has performed recitals in the Oxford Lieder Festival and at the Wigmore Hall.
On the operatic stage Peter has performed principal roles with Opera Holland Park, Wexford Festival Opera and Teatru Manoel in Malta. Alongside his extensive performance career Peter is an experienced and sought after teacher and guest conductor. https://www.peterdavoren.com
Rosamund studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her solo career has seen her perform in many of the major concert venues of Britain and Europe, singing with orchestras such as the English Chamber orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Now based in East Anglia she maintains a busy solo performance schedule from intimate recitals to full-scale oratorios and opera.
Alongside her own singing she is an experienced choral conductor and workshop leader. She conducts the Chamber Choir for the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians, a collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music and is Head of Vocal Studies at Norwich School. She currently runs the Norwich Cathedral Choral Outreach project and has conducted for similar projects for the Royal Scottish Conservatoire at schools in Glasgow. She was a lecturer in Singing and Musical Theatre for many years and is an experienced Musical Director. If you would like more information please visit www.rosamundwalton.com
Sam Evans, trained as a Baritone at King’s College Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music. He enjoys a busy career as a performer, choir master and singing teacher. He runs choirs and vocal groups that cater for all tastes and levels of experience. He is currently Music Director of Battersea Choral Society, Teddington Choral Society, the Battersea Power Station Community Choir, the Kingston Singers, and the Kew Gardens Choir. He directs “Barcarolle”, a ladies choir based in Kensington, and runs the Chamber Choir at Kingston University.
He was previously Music Director of Riverside Opera, and Choral Director at the University of Reading. His career as a soloist has included performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Opéra Comique in Paris, and Sydney Opera House. He is currently Head of Vocal Studies at Highgate School in London. http://www.samevansmusic.net
Sarah’s love of singing stemmed from joining the National Youth Choir it Great Britain as a teenager.
After studying Music & Italian at the Universities of Bristol and Bologna, Sarah gained a Masters with Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and she now has a varied career of opera, oratorio and consort work. She returns to Glyndebourne Festival Opera for a third season this year, and a particular highlight was creating the Alto 1 semi-chorus role in the world premiere of Brett Dean’s ‘Hamlet’ last year.
She has appeared in the chorus at the Royal Opera House, is on the Extra Chorus lists for English National Opera, Opera North and Scottish Opera, and has sung many diverse opera roles, including Suzuki (Butterfly), the Witch (Hansel & Gretel), Fanny Price (Mansfield Park), Dorabella (Così) among many others, and was a semi-finalist in the London Handel Festival’s Singing Competition. She works regularly with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir, and has been a step-out soloist with the English Baroque Soloists, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. www.sarahdenbee.co.uk
Emily trained at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) gaining a BA (Hons) Music specialising in singing and songwriting.
Emily currently works with a variety of organisations, including Sing Up, Trinity College, BrittenPears Arts, West Sussex Music and many Music Education Hubs around the country.
Emily leads several Community Choirs under the umbrella of West Sussex Sings, and provides vocal consultancy to schools and vocal groups. She runs workshops and courses for singers and composition and song-writing training sessions for teachers and people working with young people.
Emily has written many original contemporary songs for young people and community choirs including the Sing Up Day anthems for several years which have been performed by over 300,000 people around the world.
She was the composer and workshop leader for 2020’s ‘Celebration’ finale piece at Snape Maltings, working with 1400 young musicians.
One half of Umbria in Harmony, providing singing holidays in Italy, Emily is also a performer in her own right, and regularly fronts her own original music project at gigs and festivals.
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