The Schola work with a team of teachers at the Vaughan, the Director and Assistant Director, the Organist and five singing teachers.
Scott Price, Director
The Schola is directed by the Vaughan's Director of Music, Scott Price. He studied music at St Anne’s College, Oxford, between 1990-4, completing later published research on the composer William Walton. He joined the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in 1995 and was appointed the School’s Director of Music in 2001.
Under his direction, performances have been given at venues including Cadogan Hall, St. John’s, Smith Square, the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, in the USA, Austria, The Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Holland and Spain, alongside international artists such as Sir Thomas Allen, Julian Lloyd Webber, Michael Chance, John Mark Ainsley, Susan Bickley, Salena Jones, Jason Yarde and Bob Mintzer, and with the London Symphony Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, the Belgravia Chamber Orchestra, the Bach Choir, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, the Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, and Opera Holland Park.
Works performed include the Bach’s Mass in B minor and St John Passion, Requiems of Brahms, Mozart and Verdi, Handel’s Messiah, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Mendlessohn’s Elijah and Walton Belshazzar’s Feast. The Music Department’s ‘Outstanding’ grading by OFSTED helped secure the funding for the School’s acclaimed new music facilities, which opened in 2005.
Scott is a member of the Examiners Panel of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music is currently the President of the Music Masters and Mistresses Association.
Iestyn Evans, Organist
Originally from west Wales Iestyn was organ scholar of St Davids Cathedral before going up to The Queen’s College, Oxford where he read music. After graduating he was appointed Organ Scholar of Westminster Cathedral and subsequently of Westminster Abbey whilst completing a postgraduate performance course with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music.
Iestyn has taught at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in Kensington for eleven years. He has conducted the orchestra in numerous works, including Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, Borodin’s Second Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony. He also recently directed performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. He has accompanied the Schola Cantorum for regular services and in concerts in London and further afield.
He was Organist of St Etheldreda’s Church, Ely Place, England’s oldest Catholic Church, for seven years and in January 2007 moved to St James’s Church, Spanish Place where he plays for Mass on Sundays and feast days for the professional choir there. In 2011 he has co-ordinated a festival of the music of Victoria, Spain’s greatest Renaissance composer, on the 400th anniversary of his death: the choir performed all of his Mass settings in services during the course of the year. He is also conductor of the Hill Singers Chamber Choir in Wimbledon and the Hampstead Chamber Choir. His discography includes two CDs by the Schola Cantorum as well as recordings of works by Georg Schumann, a recording with the choir of St Etheldreda’s and a recently released solo CD recorded at St James’s. Iestyn has also been employed as a consultant working with choirs in the churches in the UAE.
Iestyn has performed as a soloist and accompanist in Britain and abroad at venues which include St John’s Smith Square; Notre-Dame, Paris; St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York; Brussels Cathedral and St Peter’s, Rome. Amongst his more eccentric performances was a complete cycle of the organ work of J.S. Bach within twenty four hours in 2005 when he raised over £8,000 towards a school music tour to America.
Samuel Jackson, Assistant Director
Samuel Jackson was a chorister in York Minster, and eventually read Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the chapel choir. Outside school, Sam plays double bass with several London orchestras and bass guitar in a function band. His compositions, mostly of choral music, have been performed in York, Cambridge, Lincoln and London.
Julian Clarkson, Singing Teacher (Lower Voices)
Julian began his professional singing life in the Monteverdi Choir at a time when dinosaurs still roamed the land. Unlike them he survived extinction and he has since battled through at least three decades with this thrilling troupe of performers.
Since graduating from St John's College Cambridge where he was a Choral Scholar under the inspired direction of George Guest, his long association with the Monteverdi Choir has included spells as countertenor, choir fixer, board member, occasional rehearsal conductor, choir representative, bass-baritone (recording solo opera roles for Deutsche Grammophon) and now Choir Manager. With this Choir he has been fortunate enough to have sung in most countries of the world.
Julian is also a full time singing teacher to around 60 pupils in four leading London schools, including Cardinal Vaughan.
His latest passion is the Classical guitar - his weekly lessons have opened a door to a completely new world. Bach, Beethoven and Mozart have found themselves pushed aside for the mellow sounds of Agustin Barrios, Napoleon Coste and Villa Lobos. At heart though, Julian remains a frustrated historian.
Susanne Dymott, Singing Teacher (Trebles)
Susanne Dymott, mezzo-soprano, was born in Bellshill, Scotland. She trained and graduated from The Guildhall School of Music in 2011 and studies with Anita Morrison. Last year, Susanne took the ENO Operaworks course under the direction of Jane Robinson and Martin Constantine. Notable roles include Isabella L’italiana in Algeri (Guildhall), Dorabella Cosi fan tutte (Guildhall) Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro (Guildhall),Serse Serse (ENO Operaworks), Octavian Der Rosenkavalier (ENO Operaworks) and recently performed in ENO’s production of John Cage’s Musicircus.
Susanne’s musical upbringing was in The Salvation Army, in which she was a member of the International Staff Songsters, their premier choir where she featured as a soloist on both international tours and recordings. She has performed as a soloist at venues such as Birmingham Symphony Hall, St Martin in the Fields and the Royal Albert Hall. Susanne is part of vocal quartet ffourtissimo who have recently appeared on BBC and ITV. As well as performing, Susanne works as a singing teacher at St Mary’s School, Cambridge.
Anita Morrison, Singing Teacher (Trebles)
Anita Morrison (Soprano) gained a B.Ed.(Hons.) Degree, continuing her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with awards from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Cripplegate Foundation, winning the 1989 Maggie Teyte Prize Competition, and to the National Opera Studio, funded by the Gerald McDonald Scholarship awarded by the RVW Trust. She was a runner-up in the 1998 Bayreuth Bursary competition awarded by the Wagner Society.
Performances include recitals in Holland and Belgium, Wolf Italian Songbook at Blackheath Concert Halls, Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder at St. Martin in the Fields & St. Georges, Brandon Hill, a recital with Geoffrey Parsons at the 1990 Chichester Festival, and appearances with the Dallapiccola Ensemble in London, Milan and Rome with whom she has recorded Dallapiccola's 13 Liriche Greche.
Operatic Roles include Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana, Miss Jessel Turn of the Screw, Female Chorus Rape of Lucretia, Alice Falstaff, Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte, Wolf-Ferrari's Susanna's Secret in Singapore, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Musetta La Boheme, Rosalinda Die Fledermaus, Tatyana Eugene Onegin, Micaela The Tragedy of Carmen (ECOV European Tour), Marenka The Bartered Bride, Verdi's Aida and she covered Arminda La Finta Giardiniera and Countess The Marriage of Figaro for Opera North.
Anita is also in demand as a teacher. As well as a busy private teaching practise she is a Professor of Singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since 1991 she has worked with the choristers of Westminster Cathedral as teacher and coach. She also teaches at Eton College, Cambridge University, and is a regular guest teacher on Eton Choral Courses and has given workshops and masterclasses at Ampleforth College, Tonbridge School, Christs Hospital, Berkhamsted Collegiate School and for Guildford Choral Society and City of London Choir to mention but a few. Anita is vocal consultant and coach to Guildford Choral Society, London Oratory Junior Choir, Cardinal Vaughan Schola Cantorum, London Oratory School Schola Cantorum and teaches the choristers of Temple Church.
Anita is training as a Feldenkrais Practitioner in the second London Training which will be completed in the summer of 2015.