PMF Staff

We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and support staff. Each specialist staff member believes in: community; quality; and the importance of treating each child as an individual.

  • Our teachers are all experienced specialists. We value great music and won’t shy away from teaching your children challenging vocal works.
  • We know the area’s schools, children and teachers very well – we are able to treat people as individuals with individual needs.
  • We know how busy and difficult parents’ lives are, so we want to make it as easy as possible for you to get your child to choir. We run walking buses to concerts and after-school choir rehearsals and sometimes even provide refreshments – all to make your lives a little bit easier.
  • We have strong community links – many of our staff/people have been living here for years and are part of the local community. We really care about making this part of London an even nicer place to live.

The Management Team

Ralph Allwood

Artistic Director

Ralph Allwood

Artistic Director

Ralph Allwood MBE DMus was for 26 years Director of Music at Eton College and is now a freelance choral director. He is the Director of the Eton Choral Courses, which he founded in 1980. Seven thousand 16 to 20 year olds have been students on courses over the last thirty-seven years. He co-founded the Junior Choral Courses in 2012, and in recent years has launched Courses in Shanghai and Shenzhen. The Rodolfus choir, made up of the best singers from the courses, has produced over 20 CDs since he founded it in 1982.

Ralph is co-founder and conductor of Inner Voices, a choir made up of singers from state schools in London. He is also Director of Chapel Music at Queens’ College Chapel, Cambridge, and Director of the only conservatoire chapel choir in the world, the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir. He is also an Honorary Fellow of University College, Durham.

Ralph has conducted choirs for 40 live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, is a judge for the Llangollen Eisteddfod and has written much music heard worldwide on radio and television. He is Choral Advisor to Novello and to Trinity College, Oxford, and teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and at his old school, Tiffin.

In 2015 he co-founded the Pimlico Musical Foundation to enable children from Pimlico Primary Schools to sing in choirs, particularly at St Gabriel’s Church.

Since then, in addition to their own choirs, Pimlico’s five primary schools have produced a Pimlico Children’s Choir and, since September 2018, a Foundation Choir which sings regular Evensongs in St Gabriel‘s Church.

In 2012 Ralph was awarded a Doctorate of Music by Aberdeen University. He was made MBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list. In 2017, the Archbishop of Canterbury presented him with the Thomas Cranmer Award for Music and Worship.

James Day

Director of Music

James Day

Director of Music

Alongside his work with the Pimlico Musical Foundation, James is Director of the Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Artistic Director of the Barnes Music Festival. James has chorus mastered for the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican and Royal Albert Hall. He has prepared children’s choruses for productions at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and BBC Proms, working with the conductors Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink, Jakub Hruša, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Anthony Pappano, Vladimir Jurowski and Simon Halsey. He has prepared and conducted performances which have been broadcast on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Classic FM. In 2015 he appeared as a conductor on the reality television series, Made in Chelsea and he directed the choir on Madonna’s 2019 album.  He has conducted orchestral performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Duruflé’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem and Fauré’s Requiem for a broadcast on Classic FM. Future projects include conducting the Turn of the Screw in the 2019 Barnes Music Festival.

Born in Bristol, James originally studied at Durham University where he was Director of Music at University College and conducted the Durham Opera Ensemble. He was a prize-winning Choral Conductor at the Royal Academy of Music graduating with distinction in 2015.

Ruth Knight

Project Development Manager

Ruth Knight

Project Development Manager

Ruth is a freelance arts development consultant and Opera Director. She has a background in education (Senior Project Coordinator, National College), compliance (Quality Manager, ERM CVS Climate Change), and development (Philharmonia Orchestra, the Rodolfus Foundation). Ruth assists for some of the most well-known UK opera companies, including the Royal Opera, English National Opera, Garsington Opera, and Opera Holland Park.

Sophie Cleobury

Foundation Choir Manager & PMF Administrator

Sophie Cleobury

Foundation Choir Manager & PMF Administrator

Sophie studied at Birmingham University for a BMus (Hons) and an MPhil in Music. During this time, she sang with the University Singers and the Ex Cathedra Student Academy. Sophie then moved to London where she worked in planning and producing at both the National Opera Studio and the Royal Opera House. Since 2011, she has been a secondary school music teacher. She is currently Head of Music at the Royal Ballet School. Sophie is a full-time member of The Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and sings with the Iken Scholars and the Holst Singers.

Hannah Cox

Children's Choir Manager, Internal Evaluator & Librarian

Hannah Cox

Children's Choir Manager, Internal Evaluator & Librarian

Hannah is a recent graduate of Durham University where she studied music and sang at University College, the University Chamber Choir and in the Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers. Now in London, she is pursuing a variety of career avenues in professional singing and concert management as well as leading and organising outreach work. Previously, Hannah has been a participant of the Samling Opera Academy in Newcastle and is currently a member of the Sixteen’s renowned choral training scheme Genesis Sixteen. She is a founding member of the new chamber choir Recordare and is building experience working with vulnerable populations for applications for a Masters in Music Therapy.

Trustees

  • Rev Owen Higgs
  • Sir Antony Baldry
  • Mr Ralph Allwood MBE
  • Dr Stephen Sklaroff
  • Ms Laura Holleman
  • Ms Janella Ajeigbe

Teaching Staff

Fiona Fraser

Teacher Singer/Soprano

Fiona Fraser

Teacher Singer/Soprano

Fiona Fraser began singing as a chorister at St Andrews Cathedral, Inverness, before studying Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. While completing a Masters in Choral Conducting at Jesus College, Cambridge, she sang with Trinity College Choir under Stephen Layton. Fiona now appears regularly with some of the UK’s finest vocal ensembles including Tenebrae, Alamire, Siglo de Oro,The Erebus Ensemble and Apollo Voices Film Choir.  Aside from performing, Fiona continues to conduct and educate. She is an Artist in Residence for international education charity Ark; Primary Music Specialist for Southwark Council, London; Outreach Manager for Sansara Choir and Deputy Assistant Leader at London Youth Choir. She currently studies singing with Alison Wells, Royal College of Music.

Eleanor Sperling

Teacher Singer/Soprano

Eleanor Sperling

Teacher Singer/Soprano

Ellie Sperling, Soprano, studied at Royal Holloway, University of London where she graduated with a First Class degree in music, and has since undertaken a number of choral schemes such as Genesis Sixteen and The National Youth Choir Fellowship Programme. Ellie now sings with ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, London Voices and Ex Cathedra.

Ellie’s solo experience includes Mozart Mass in C Minor (Exeter Cathedral, March 18) Goodall Invictus (London premiere, Barnes Music Festival March 19), Rutter Magnificat (Royal Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall, April 18), Bach  St John Passion (St Martin-in-the-Fields, March 18), Vivaldi Gloria (Lincoln, Jan 18) and Brahms Requiem (Highgate, March 19).  https://elliesperlingsoprano.co.uk

Dan Gethin

Teacher Singer/Alto

Dan Gethin

Teacher Singer/Alto

Daniel Gethin began singing as an undergraduate at Cambridge at Jesus College under Mark Williams and then joined St. John’s College under Andrew Nethsingha. He is currently a Lay Clerk with the Choir of New College, Oxford under Robert Quinney. Alongside this position, Daniel holds scholarships with the Oxford Bach Soloists, the professional Birmingham-based choir Ex Cathedra and enjoys a freelance career singing in professional choirs of various London churches and consorts. Recent solo outings include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion and a concert of Purcell and Bach cantatas at Wigmore Hall.

Anna Semple

Teacher Singer/Alto

Anna Semple

Teacher Singer/Alto

Anna is a mezzo-soprano, composer and strings teacher, currently studying composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 2018. She is an alumna of The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, Genesis 16, and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and currently sings and plays with a variety of groups across London and beyond. Her works have been performed at a variety of venues across the UK.

Will Wright

Teacher Singer/Tenor

Will Wright

Teacher Singer/Tenor

Will is a freelance tenor and conductor based in London. He graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2017, and was supported by the J H Britton Fund. Will sings with a number of ensembles including the Chamber Choir of London, Genesis Sixteen, Eric Whitacre Singers, Britten Sinfonia Voices, London Choral Sinfonia and Sansara. Recent solo work includes Peter Quint in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Carissimi’s Jepthe.  Will is also the Artistic Director of Oread Chamber Choir, a newly formed professional ensemble who specialise in Renaissance Polyphony.

Dan Turner

Teacher Singer/Tenor

Dan Turner

Teacher Singer/Tenor

Daniel Turner has a varied career as a singer, choir director, concert promoter and organist. Daniel studied at Oxford, being Organ Scholar of The Queen’s College and then a Lay Clerk at New College under Edward Higginbottom. After Oxford Daniel studied singing at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has studied with some of the most eminent vocal teachers in the world, including Janice Chapman, David Pollard, Nelly Miricoiu Ryland Davies and Jack Livigni. Daniel has taught music and singing in some of London’s most prestigious schools including Harrow School. He is active as a choral director with choirs in London and on the staff of various Eton Choral Courses in the UK and China.

Robbie Haylet

Teacher Singer/Bass

Robbie Haylet

Teacher Singer/Bass

Robbie Haylett is a music teacher and baritone living in Islington. He has a BA from the University of Cambridge, and a teaching qualification from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a teacher, Robbie has worked with singers, choirs, theory classes, musical theatre groups, orchestras, pianists, and trumpet players, both privately and in schools. He regularly sings around the UK as an operatic and classical concert soloist.

Gareth Thomas

Teacher Singer/Bass

Gareth Thomas

Teacher Singer/Bass

Gareth Thomas read Music and was a choral scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge. Upon graduating in 2013, he spent a year singing with Hereford Cathedral Choir and teaching at the Cathedral School. Since moving to London in 2014, he has worked with a variety of choirs and consorts such as Tenebrae, The Erebus Ensemble, Dame Emma Kirkby’s Dowland Works

and Collegium Vocale Ghent. He is a regular member of the Choir of St Peter’s Eaton Square and alongside his singing work he examines for ABRSM and produces his own editions of Early Music.

www.gareththomasmusic.co.uk

Safeguarding Staff

Valerie Michelet

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Caroline Colvin

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Sophie Cleobury

Designated Safeguarding Officer