Ghislaine Morgan is in much demand as a singer, singing teacher, choir coach, adjudicator and lecturer. She has performed throughout Europe, India, Japan, and the USA.
Ghislaine read music at Oxford University where she continued her studies in piano and violin before going on to train in music education, and then as a singer at the Royal College of Music. There she was awarded the Sacher scholarship: “An exquisite soprano”……the recital was ” lifted into ecstasy”. (Musical Times)
Ghislaine sang regularly with many renowned groups such as The Monteverdi Choir, The Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen, as well as with the King’s Consort, The Richard Hickox Singers and opera choruses such as The Aix-en –Provence Festival Opera, The Bath Festival Opera and Opera de Lyon. She has appeared as soloist on recordings for the Arte Nova, Decca, EMI, Gimell, Naxos, Richmond and Regent labels. She was a member of the choir of St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street for 17 years but latterly has pursued her own individual career encompassing a wide variety of musical styles.
Solo engagements include a tour of South Africa singing Mahler’s Das Knaben Wunderhorn; recording the title role of Handel’s Deborah for German radio; concerts for the Mathieson Music School Calcutta International Festival, the Tel Aviv Festival for Vocal music, and the Sligo Festival of Baroque Music; and collaborations with Ballet du Nord. Ghislaine’s repertoire list embraces Monteverdi’s Vespers to Finzi’s Dies Natalis, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor to Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne. According to demand she has appeared as a washing machine, impersonated a caveman, sung opera from under a tablecloth and tongue trilled in an Indian garden.
Ghislaine’s educational work is inspired by a passion for encouraging others to be expressive with confidence, together with a desire to demystify vocal technique so that it can be both fun and simple to learn. She has a private practice in London, teaches at Cambridge University, and also at Dulwich College, from where she trains trebles for the national opera houses. She is engaged as a coach for choirs throughout Britain and Europe and has directed workshops in Britain, Iceland, India, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. She is an active member of the British Voice Association and is on the faculty of the Corso Internazionale Corale di Rimini and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Ghislaine is the founder/director of the Sintra International Singing and Choral Conducting Course.
Nicholas Hurndall Smith
Nicholas Hurndall Smith read Music at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he was organ scholar, and then went on to study with David Pollard on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Opera Course, supported by The Leverhulme Trust, The Worshipful Company of Salters and The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipemakers and Tobacco Blenders.
He began his career with a Rodney Milnes review in Opera Magazine: “The tenor Nicholas Smith shone especially brightly, a most accomplished actor as well as an inventive singer” and he has since been described as “Wonderfully manic” in London’s Metro and the Times wrote of “The delightful cameo of Nicholas Smith’s servant Arv”. Other roles include Lurcanio, Snout and Don Curzio for English Touring Opera, Flute and Tamino for Longborough Festival Opera, McHeath and Flute for Opera Project, Ecclitico, Sellem and Normanno at Iford Arts and Lysander for British Youth Opera.
Of his concert work the Daily Telegraph wrote “A refreshingly mellow tenor” and the Financial Times of his “Rapt and devout delivery”, and he has sung the arias in Bach’s St John Passion at the London Handel Festival, Bach Cantatas 63 and 65 with the Academy of Ancient Music, Schubert’s Winterreise at St. Marien Spandau, Berlin, the title role in Carissimi’s Jonah in the BBC Proms, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Kristiansund, and the Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion in Jever. He recently sang the role of Coridon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players in Vienna, Strasbourg and at the Wigmore Hall. He is in demand as a Britten soloist and has sung St Nicolas with the London Mozart Players, the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Haffner Orchestra, the Spring Symphony (c. Paul Spicer) at the Mary Wakefield Festival and the War Requiem with the combined choral societies of Cumbria.
He is a member of the highly acclaimed solo-voice ensemble I Fagiolini, with whom he has appeared throughout Europe, America, South Africa and the Far East as well as regularly on BBC Radio 3. His recording of Acis and Galatea in the role of Coridon with the Dunedin Consort was recently selected as First Choice Recommendation by Radio 3’s Building a Library.
Nicholas’ teaching is informed by his enthusiasm for the contrasting aspects of singing both sacred and secular music, both on the concert platform and on the operatic stage. He has a special passion for the music of Monteverdi which he has developed over the years signing with I Fagiolini both in concert and in their regular releases on Chandos.
Veronica Veysey Campbell
Veronica Veysey Campbell teaches singing to choral scholars at Sidney Sussex and Christ’s College, Cambridge, at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, to the Choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral and she also has a busy private practice. She also teaches for the National Youth Choirs of GB, is Director of the Aberystwyth ‘Musicfest’ vocal course and is a tutor for Benslow Music Trust.
Veronica studied at Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama winning many singing prizes and was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship Competition. She was also awarded the prestigious Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Medal. She has given many oratorio, concert and recital performances in Britain and overseas. These include appearances in the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the Wigmore Hall and in many English Cathedrals and Festivals as well as on television. Although still performing, teaching has been her focus for many years.
Her pupils often take solos roles in leading venues, which have recently included Glyndebourne (roles of ‘Miles’ and ‘Flora’ in Turn of the Screw and their understudies in 2007, and in Albert Herring 2008) and solos in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, the Barbican Concert Hall, and the Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall. A former student has won a 2009 Brit award and was nominated for a Mercury Prize.
Veronica is a Director of the British Voice Association.