LSC People

LSC’s Patron is the distinguished musician and broadcaster Charles Hazlewood. Charles has presented BBC Two’s The Culture Show and BBC television broadcasts of The Proms season, also presenting Discovering Music and The Charles Hazlewood Show on BBC Radio and landmark composer documentaries on BBC television (including the recent damatised documentaries on Mozart and Tchaikovsky). Charles is co-founder of the lyric-theatre company Dimpho Di Kopane based in Cape Town, for whom he was Music Director of the award-winning film U Carmen e-Khayelitsha. He is currently also Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, and works as a conductor with other orchestras and opera companies, some he founded himself, throughout the world. Charles is an eclectic and versatile musician who has worked effortlessly to break down conceptual barriers that have alienated 'classical' music for so long, working with artists as varied as Broomhill Opera and Badly Drawn Boy. We are very proud that he is associated with LSC as our Patron.

LSC was founded by its Music Director Andrew Mellor. Andrew has worked professionally in the classical music industry since leaving Liverpool University in 2002. He is active as a writer and critic, and in January 2006 became the youngest member of Laurence Olivier Awards opera judging panel. He has held posts at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, its resident chamber orchestra Manchester Camerata, and at the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and has written widely on music and musicians, conducting interviews (for broadcast and print) with major international conductors, soloists and arts figures. He has contributed to publications produced by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Manchester Camerata, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Kremerata Baltica, The Anvil Basingstoke, Music at Oxford, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Sheffield International Concerts and Brighton Dome, and has written reviews and features for The Reader, Seven Magazine and The Filter Review (with whom he is a political, travel and music columnist). Andrew made his concert debut at fourteen years of age as a soloist in Britten’s St Nicholas with the University of Bristol Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and as an organist and choir-trainer has held various posts including, in 2001 at 21 years of age, that of Acting Director of Music at Plymouth Cathedral.

Anna Munford, LSC's Concerts Manager is from Cambridgeshire and is a founder member of the group. Anna is known as a soprano, a woodwind player, and ensemble manager and a marketing professional, and has worked with Liverpool University Singers, LUS Baroque Ensemble, Liverpool University Wind Orchestra, Sedici and the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic with which she is currently Second Clarinet and Publicity Manager. For LSC Anna co-ordinates accommodation for tours, front of house operations at concerts, and deals with the LSC membership. Anna works in the automobile industry.

David Butt-Philip, LSC's Associate Director, is originally from Wells in Somerset and began his musical training as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral. He has sung with Wells, Liverpool Metropolitan and Manchester Cathedral Choirs and broadcasts regularly on the radio with the BBC Daily Service Singers. He studied for four years at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Peter Alexander Wilson, appearing in the college’s productions of Don Giovanni (2003) The Rake’s Progress (2004) La Cenerentola (2005) and La Rondine (2006). Awards include the 2004 Bessie Cronshaw Song Cycle Prize (RNCM), the 2006 John Cameron Prize for Lieder (RNCM) and the 2006 Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize (RAM). In 2005 he performed the role of Calchas in Avalon Opera’s revival of Rutland Boughton’s Bethlehem and took part in the world première of Gerard McBurney’s new opera The Airman’s Tale at the Imperial War Museum in London. David is currently a postgraduate opera student at the Royal Academy of Music where he studies with Glenville Hargreaves and Iain Ledingham. A founder member of LSC, David has directed the group in Liverpool, Norwich, Guildford and Chester-le-Street, and regularly appears as a bass section member and soloist.

LSC's Principal Soprano is Anne Kan, a soprano of repute in both Great Britain and Europe. Trained in the choir school of Utrecht Cathedral and by Barbara Dix in Liverpool, Anne has appeared on the concert platform under the baton of Richard Hickox in Tippet's A Midsummer Marriage, and under Peter Dijkstra in Poulenc's Figure Humaine, as well as in staged and concert performances of operas and oratoria by Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi and Mozart. Anne sings regularly with Utrecht-based professional ensemble MUSA as well as with LSC and at Utrecht Cathedral where she remains a cantor.

Jeremy Kenyon, LSC's founding Principal Alto, is fast establishing himself as a talented young counter-tenor and enters the opera school of the Royal Academy of Music in the autumn of 2007. Jeremy has broadcast and recorded extensively, appearing on live on BBC Radio and BBC and independent national television stations, and appearing with many of the great English cathedral choirs including those of Canterbury and Gloucester. He recently made his concert debut with the London Mozart Players as soloist in Bach's St John Passion, and on record, his 2005 recording of Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb with Gloucester Cathedral Choir on the Avie label was hailed by International Record Review as 'extraordinarily atmospheric'.

Peter Di Toro has been LSC's Principal Tenor since 2003, and studied with David Lowe (Royal Academy of Music). Peter made his LSC debut in Ely during the summer of 2002, and has since appeared as a section leader and soloist in Cambridge, Guildford and during the group’s tour to Latvia in 2005. Peter is also a founder member of the Colla Voce Singers which he formed under the direction of Lee Ward, and has also made appearances with the London Oratory Schola, Norwich Cathedral choir and other semi-professional groups in London and the south-east, including concert appearances and recordings with major conductors and orchestras in London.

John Sherlock, LSC's Principal Bass, is another founding member of the group. John is from Bradford in Yorkshire, and has experience singing at Liverpool Cathedral where he was bass lay-clerk for three years during which time he also appeared with Manchester Cathedral Choir, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, Liverpool University Singers and The Pilgrim Singers. In Liverpool John broadcast frequently with the cathedral choir whilst making frequent appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He has sung as section leader and soloist in almost every LSC performance since its founding in 2001, and has a special interest in piano and chamber music as both a performer and listener.

Non-principal members: Kathryn Indian, Rosy Hunter, Joanna Newell*, Jane Eliot, Phinean Woodward**, Luke Phillips

*associate member **member emeritus

LSC recording Music for the Royal Chapels, Trinity College of Music, Greenwich, April 2006