We have an AGM once a year in the summer where the committee are voted in. Please do ask them for any information you need.
CommitteeThe Festival Chorus

Pippa McDonald Chairman - Alto

Charlotte Simon Treasurer - Soprano

Antony Lewis Crosby - Bass

Tim Sanders Hewitt - Bass

Alistair Cheetham- Bass

Ferelith Horden - Soprano

Mary Ellis – Soprano

Harriet Hall

Hilary Matthews - Alto

Ingrid Lucas - Soprano


Musical Director

Rosie Howarth

Rosie is a professional choral conductor and vocal coach. In 2016 she graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with an MA in Choral Conducting, where she received a scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Her primary tutors were Neil Ferris and Sarah Tenant Flowers, and she also received tuition from Adrian Partington, Alice Farnham, James Burton and Paul Brough. Prior to this she studied Music and German at Cardiff University and the Freie Universität, Berlin, graduating with first-class honours in 2012 and receiving the David Evans prize.

Rosie is the Musical Director of Rainbow Voices LGBT+ Choir in Birmingham. She has worked as a freelance conductor in South Wales, as Musical Director of Cor Bro Ogwr in Bridgend, Caerphilly Community Chorus, and Songbirds LGBT Choir. In 2019 she was one of the Artistic Directors of Hand in Hand Festival, the biggest national LGBT Choir Festival in the UK, and is a patron of South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus.

Rosie is also an accomplished and experienced soprano. She studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Kate Woolveridge, and previously studied with Elearnor Forbes in Berlin.

As a choral singer, Rosie sang with BBC National Chorus of Wales for over 10 years, including two years as a student scholar. With the chorus, she has performed regularly at the Royal Albert Hall for the Proms, as well as St David’s Hall, Bridgewater Hall and many other distinguished venues across the country. She has also appeared on BBC television and radio. In Cardiff, Rosie sang with several local choirs, such as the RWCMD Chamber Choir, Newnam Hall Catholic Chaplaincy and Llandaff Cathedral.

As a soloist, Rosie has sung the soprano solos in several oratorios, including Brahms Requiem at St Martin’s in Dorking, Vivaldi Gloria with Canton Chorus in Cardiff, and Elijah with Athenaeum Singers in Warminster. She sang in the chorus of Opera’r Ddraig’s production of Dir Fledermaus and has covered Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen.

In 2018 Rosie performed in newCelf’s Unaccompanied concert, premiering Marigold Blooming, a work for soprano by Gemma McGregor.

Rosie Howarth Website

Accompanist

Robert Mingay-Smith

Robert Mingay-Smith began his musical career as an organist at the age of 14 and completed the ABRSM Organ Diploma for performance at the age of 19. In 1998 he became Director of Music at St Peter’s Church in Brandon, Suffolk after which he commenced his studies in organ, voice and bassoon at Trinity College of Music, London. Robert graduated with a BMUS (Hons) in 2005.

During his career, Robert has held choral scholarships at both St Edmundsbury Cathedral and St Martin-in-the-fields, and posts as Assistant Director of Music at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, and St. Michael’s Cornhill, London.

From 2009 to 2013 Robert was a member of the British vocal ensemble VOCES8 with whom he toured world-wide. During his time with the ensemble they recorded six CDs including the Bach Motets and Aces High.

Robert performs regularly as an organ soloist in the UK and at many of London’s churches and cathedrals. He has performed all over America and in concerts improvising alongside Naji Hakim. He is a founder member of the flute & organ duo INVERSION, alongside the award-winning flautist Ruth Stockdale with whom he tours internationally.

Robert founded the Square Mile Music Series and is artist director of the new ensemble Seraphim (www.seraphimconsort.com); both of which are based at St Mary-at-Hill Church, London where Robert is the Director of Music, a post he has held since 2007. Robert is also Director of Music at St John the Baptist, Wimbledon.

CHORUS UPDATES

25.04.22 -

Registration is available on the website – use the Join Us tab and it is all there. Rehearsals start Monday 25th April 7.45 – 9.45 at Broomwood Hall, Kyrle Road, SW11The concert […]

23.11.21 - Appointment of new Musical Director

The Festival Chorus is delighted to announce the appointment of it’s new Musical Director, Rosie Howarth. Rosie is a professional choral conductor, singer and vocal coach. In 2016 she graduated […]

08.06.21 - Closing soon – 11th June

The Festival Chorus, based in South London, wishes to appoint a new Musical Director. We are a large non-audition choir of over 100 voices, mainly singing the classical choral repertoire […]