Tim, who was Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, from 1979 until 2010, began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Abbey. This was followed by membership of King's College Choir, Cambridge, under the legendary Sir David Willcocks, and by some years as a professional singer (alto), including a spell as a founding member of The Scholars Vocal Ensemble.
His work with the choir of Clare College, and with his professional chorus English Voices (of which he is the founder/director), has earned him an international reputation as a choral director, with many acclaimed recordings to his name.
He is much in demand as a chorus master, and has worked on a number of opera projects with René Jacobs and Ivor Bolton, in Germany, Austria, Holland and Belgium. In 2010 he was chorus master for two productions in the Aix festival, Gluck's Alceste and Mozart's Don Giovanni. From 2011 -2016 Tim was Artistic Director of a newly-formed professional choir in Zürich, the Zürcher Sing-Akademie, with whom he performed Handel’s Messiah the Tonhalle Orchestra in their annual New Year concert in December 2011.
Tim is no stranger to Berwang, having been choral tutor of the Holiday Course on many occasions since 1982. He is delighted to be returning in 2018, to experience once again the pleasure of leading the singers in the stunning surroundings of this idyllic Tyrolean village!
Stephen studied at the Royal College of Music with Susan Milan where he won the Geoffrey Tankard and Allen John Warren prizes for wind playing. Whilst working as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, he continued his studies with Mary Karen Clardy and Jim Walker. As a performer he has worked as a freelance flautist with many of the UK's leading ensembles and orchestras including the CBSO, the Philharmonia and the National Symphony Orchestra. He currently teaches at Latymer Upper School, St Paul's School, Barnes and Notting Hill and Ealing High School for Girls. He has directed specialist courses for wind players at Hindhead Music Centre and has run workshops and adjudicated competitions at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, The Royal Academy of Music Junior Department and the King's School Canterbury.
Somerset Born, Joe was a scholarship student at Wells Cathedral School and then completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Whilst at the Academy he was the principal violist in the symphony and concert orchestras, and was also a member of the Royal Academy of Music Soloists, performing with the Scottish ensemble at Wigmore Hall. After his studies he took up the position of President of the Academy Students, during which period he received a Diamond Jubilee Award on behalf of the Royal Academy of Music, presented by Her Majesty the Queen.
From 2012–13 he was a member of the Southbank Sinfonia, appearing as a soloist with the orchestra in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante at St John’s Waterloo. In February 2015 he was invited back to Southbank Sinfonia to perform Bloch’s Prayer for a concert at JW3.
In 2015 took part in the Hallé String Leadership Scheme, playing frequently with the Hallé orchestra in Manchester, and is now living back in London, where is freelancing and is on trial with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He also has recently played with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In a lighter vein he has recorded live David Bowie tracks for BBC radio 2, and has played soccer with members of the Berlin Phil!
Joe regularly organizes chamber music concerts in Somerset, and in 2018 Joe will take over as String Course Tutor at Berwang. This will be his is fourth course, having proved a great hit, not only with string players but across the course, for whom he has given several memorable performances with other student players from universities and music colleges.
Jean Burrows - Administrator
Phone: +44(0)1277 213949
Mobile: 07718 586134
Jean began learning piano and recorders at the age of 8, but it wasn't until she took up the bassoon when she was 17 that Jean really became interested in playing music. Three years at the London College of Music led to her becoming a GLCM with bassoon as her main study. After graduating from the LCM Jean went onto gain a PGCE from London University. Jean spent most of her career working with children with physical disabilities/chronic medical conditions where music technology was used to great advantage.
As an amateur musician Jean has played in many orchestras and chamber ensembles and founded the Brookfield Ensemble. Currently she is principal bassoon with Letchworth Sinfonia and co-principal with Finchley Symphony Orchestra as well as depping with other orchestras. Jean also takes every possible opportunity to play chamber music. In recent years she has also started playing the organ and regularly plays at Hutton & Shenfield Union Church
Jean first went on the Berwang Holiday Music Course in 1997 and has attended as a participant ever since, taking over the adminstration of the course at the beginning of 2010.
If you would like to know more about the Berwang Holiday Music Course please contact Jean, who is always very happy to talk to people about our music holiday.