Tutors

We use a number of excellent tutors to assist us in our course production. Our highly skilled team are all members of Sing for Pleasure and bring a range of experiences as professional conductors, musicians, teachers, trainers, adjudicators and workshop leaders. In addition to our Management Team and Trustees, who are regular course tutors, we have recently engaged the following professionals:

Tomos Watkins

Tomos is currently undertaking a PhD in Historical Musicology at University College Dublin, having graduated from his MMus in Choral Conducting at RWCMD in 2018 (where he was taught by fellow SfP tutor Sarah Tenant-Flowers). Since then, he has worked as a freelance conductor, most regularly as Director of Music at the Cardiff Oratory in Formation, where he directed the professional Schola and founded the Junior Choir, with chamber choir The Handful and Taff’s Well Community Singers.

Tomos also works regularly as a keyboard player, recently recording and performing live for BBC Radio, playing for Barry Rose at Tewkesbury Abbey, the National Youth Choir of Wales and the RWCMD Chamber Choir. Though he doesn’t have much time to do his own singing any more, he enjoyed it when he was a student at Oxford University, having taken part in solo recitals, appearances, and masterclasses with James Gilchrist and Sophie Daneman.

Stephen Gregson

Stephen studied piano, percussion and composition at Trinity College, London, and conducting with Dr. Jack Stamp at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree. He has enjoyed a substantial career in music education, and has also worked as a freelance conductor, pianist and percussionist.

Stephen is an examiner for the Royal Schools of Music and a published arranger (OUP). He has worked as guest conductor for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (USA) and for South Wessex Opera Company, in addition to directing Milton Abbey Festival and working with the Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus. He has directed several choral societies including Broadstone Community Choir, The Lease Singers, Lytchett Choir and Cantanti Camerati, and is the founder director of the All Hallows Festival.

Catherine Beddison

Catherine Beddison was appointed to the Board of Trustees in August 2019. She is also a senior conducting tutor within the organisation.

An expert in music education, Catherine has an impressive proven track record of setting high standards, enthusing children and encouraging them to fully develop their musical skills. She is Deputy Head (Operational) at Cranleigh Prep School, championing the creative arts subjects, and teaching in the Music Department. She is involved in strategic work at Cranleigh and with the sister schools in Abu Dhabi and China.

Catherine also works as a freelance conductor, adjudicator, consultant, lecturer and singer; and has presented at the Music Teachers’ Association Conference, the Leith Hill Music Festival and the Music Education Expo. She conducts Cranleigh Choral Society, directs the prize-winning Cranleigh Prep School Chamber Choir and sings with Corra Sound, an ensemble exploring the versatility of the female voice and promoting works by little known female composers.

Mark Jordan

Mark is a freelance musician who works in all aspects of choral music: as conductor, accompanist and singer. He is the Musical Director of Oxford Pro Musica Singers, Milton Keynes Chorale and a member of the choral conducting team at the Chester (formerly Cranleigh) Choral Week. He is also a regular deputy for the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford.

He works closely with Sing for Pleasure’s CEO and Head of Conductor Training, Manvinder Rattan, in his work with the John Lewis Partnership Music Society both as a conductor and accompanist. Mark is also a highly experienced choral singer having sung with several award-winning amateur choirs including Canzonetta, Choros Amici, Encoro, Chantage, Ensemble 45 and others.