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Our New Conductor:


From September 2019, our conductor is Joe Tobin.

Joe is an accomplished conductor, composer, singer and musical scholar based in central London.

He studied music as an undergraduate at the University of York, where he founded Animas, a student chamber choir, which he directed. It remains a thriving and active choir to this day. Joe was also an assistant conductor of The 24, under Robert Hollingworth's direction, as well as a conductor of the Chimera Ensemble, the UK's largest student-led ensemble.

At York Joe secured the essay prize for The Wagner Complex, his fresh insights into the relationship of Wagner and Debussy's music, and he graduated in 2018 with first class honours.

Joe has worked alongside ensembles such as I Fagiolini, the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Choir, and the Cambridge Fundraising Choir. As well as being currently the Director of Music of the Cappella Singers of Upminster, he is Conductor of the Children’s International Voices of Enfield, and Interim Director of Music at St Laurence Church, Catford.

He has worked professionally as a conductor with many London choirs including Ingatestone, Brentwood and Woking choral societies, The Harborough Singers, the Hanover Choir, Children’s International Voices of Enfield, Imperial College Chamber Choir, The Birkbeck University Choir, Cambridge Fundraising Choir, North Herts Guild of Singers, and St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus, as well conducting the BBC Singers in a master-class and concert.

Joe is currently studying for his master's degree in choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Patrick Russill and will finish his studies in 2020.


From January 2017 to July 2019 our conductor was Jamie Sperling.

Jamie graduated in 2018 with a Distinction in his Masters in Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music under Patrick Russill.

He was also awarded the Alan Kirby prize.

As a conductor, Jamie has been Musical Director of the Cappella Singers of Upminster since January 2017. He is also Assistant Conductor of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society. 

Jamie previously studied as an undergraduate at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he read Music. Jamie was also a Choral Scholar in the world-renowned Choir of Royal Holloway, with whom he featured on recordings for Hyperion Records and Edition Peters Sounds, broadcast on BBC Television and Radio, and enjoyed tours to the USA, Canada, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and other parts of Europe. 

Jamie is a committed Christian.  In August  2017 he  married  Ellie.

He also loves sport (especially cricket and rugby), travelling and good coffee!



From September 2015 – July 2016, our conductor was Jonathan Schranz:

Previously Director of Music at Fisher House (Cambridge University Catholic Chaplaincy), trumpeter in Cambridge University Selwyn Jazz Band, educated Churchill College Cambridge.





Previous conductors:


January 2013 – July 2015: Robbie Jacobs.


Robbie was a choral scholar at King’s College Cambridge. He is a singer, conductor and teacher.


Robbie is an Assistant Conductor of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and an Associate Conductor of the London Youth Choir. He is Founder and Artistic Director of National Voices For All, which provides opportunities for young people from challenging backgrounds to engage in choral singing. In the past he has directed Collegium regale at Cambridge, been a Music Tutor at the Regeneration Learning Centre in Rwanda, and he has directed performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


As a singer Robbie has performed at the Olympic Gala (at the Royal Albert Hall), with Laudibus and Dieci Voices – , and this year he made his debut with award-winning choir Tenebrae under Nigel Short –


January 2011 to March 2003: Christopher Hann. See: Chris’s biography: Biography - Christopher Hann


January to December 2010: Feliux Yeung.  He was Principal Conductor of Die Konzertisten – see:, and Organ Scholar at the London Oratory.


Felix studied on the Masters course in choral conducting at the Royal Academy. He has many years’ experience in Hong Kong, as an organist and choral singer. With Felix we worked on Chinese folk songs – a new venture for us!


September 2008 to December 2009: Greg Hallam.  See:


Greg Hallam was educated at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and has just graduated from the Royal College of Music with a BMus (Hons) degree, where he studied voice with Ashley Stafford for four years.


Greg was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain for ten years and was Baritone section leader for several courses.  He toured twice with NYC – around Australasia, Samoa and Singapore in 2003, and Eastern Europe in 2006.  He has recently been musical and pastoral assistant for the junior choirs.


Greg has worked with Berkshire Youth Choir, Crawley Youth Choir and ‘Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year’ winners, Cantate, as a choral director and vocal coach.


Recently, he has sung with Philharmonia VoicesLondon Voices and has toured with the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Choir to a monastery in Neresheim, Germany.


2007 – 2008: Huw Morgan. See:           }


2006 – 2007: Will Dawes.  See:                                      }   for a list of works performed under these conductors, see: Recent Concerts.


2002 – 2006: Graham Walker. See:                     }




From 1967 (soon after the choir was founded) to 2002 our conductor was Freda Drage – see: Freda Drage - the first 25 years for a list of works performed from 1967 – 1992.