Tim began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Abbey. Later, following a spell as a professional singer and schoolteacher, Tim was Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, from 1979 until 2010. 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. In 2011 Tim formed a professional choir in Zürich, the Zürcher Sing-Akademie, performing Handel’s Messiah, with the Tonhalle Orchestra in its annual New Year concert in December 2011. He brought the choir to the BBC Proms in 2013, to great critical acclaim.
Tim is much in demand as a chorus master and vocal coach, and has worked in productions in some of the great opera houses of Europe,
especially at the Staatsoper, Berlin, and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France. He enjoys a busy schedule as a freelance conductor, and is a popular conductor at singing weeks around Europe,
whilst continuing to teach at Cambridge University.
He is no stranger to Berwang, having been choral tutor of the Holiday Course on many occasions since 1982, and the course director since 2012.
Somerset born, Joe was a scholarship student at Wells Cathedral School and then completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy
of Music. In his last year 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.
As an orchestral musician he regularly plays with the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. He is currently on trial as No.4 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and No.2 with the Ulster Orchestra. He has also worked with the Bournemouth Symphony and Hallé Orchestras and has appeared as co-principal with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
In a lighter vein he has recorded live David Bowie tracks for BBC Radio 2, performed at Glastonbury Festival and has played football with members of the Berlin Phil!
Joe regularly organizes chamber music concerts in Somerset, and in 2016 Joe took over as String Course Tutor in Berwang. This will be his 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.
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.
Nathalie was born in Israel in 1977 in Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael. She completed her first degree in orchestral conducting at the Music Academy in Jerusalem, her
Master’s degree, with honours, at The Buchmann-Mehta school of Music, Tel Aviv University and her teaching certificate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
For over 10 years Nathalie served as head of music at Hof HaCarmel High School, where she taught music theory courses. Nathalie also taught at two art schools: Reut Art School, Haifa, and Ironi Alef, Tel Aviv.
For three years, together with Conductor Yuval Ben Ozer, she served as Chair of the Israeli Choir Association, where she remains a board member. Nathalie also conducted the Hof Hacarmel Girls Choir for six years, and The Efroni Choirs in Emek Hefer for seven years.
She currently lectures at the Faculty of Music Education at the Levinsky College of Education, is a choir instructor on behalf of the Music Education Inspectorate of Haifa Region and runs workshops and seminars for music teachers and choir conductors in Israel and overseas. In 2014, along with Zvika Vogel, she founded the Nona Vocal Arts Centre and at present acts as its Music Director and Conductor.
Born in Israel in 1986, Zvika completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv University: Bachelor’s degree in Piano,
under the instruction of Prof. Michael Bogoslavski and Prof. Tomer Lev; Master’s degree in choir conducting, under the instruction of Prof. Avner Itai and Mr. Ronen Borshevsky, Tel Aviv and of
Professor Stephen Layton and Tim Brown at the University of Cambridge (England).
Over the years he won Sharett Fund Scholarships as well as scholarships for academic excellence from The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. Zvika has also won awards in solo piano and chamber music competitions, played as soloist with leading orchestras in Israel and participated in live radio broadcasts, in music festivals and in subscription series.
During his studies, he was an assistant to The Vocal Octet and the Chamber Choir of the The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. Zvika currently plays in chamber music ensembles, conducts the Haifa Chamber Choir and is regularly invited to international festivals and workshops abroad as a pianist and conductor. In 2014, along with Nathalie Goldberg, he founded Nona Vocal Arts Center, where he is Music Director, conductor and pianist.
Jean began learning piano & recorders aged 8 and teaching recorder and
directing recorder groups aged 12. It was taking up the bassoon at the age of 17, however, that spurred her to pursue her music studies.
Three years at the London College of Music led to an ALCM, LLCM(TD) and GLCM with bassoon as her main study. After graduating from the LCM Jean went on to gain a PGCE from London University.
Jean started her teaching career as Head of Music at William McGuffie Junior High School, Walthamstow before becoming Director of Music at Waterside School, Bishops Stortford. From 1986 Jean worked as Head of Junior Music at Joseph Clarke School for children who were blind or had visual impairments, and as Head of Music at Brookfield House School for children with physical disabilities/chronic medical conditions where music technology was used to great advantage. In 1988 Jean moved to be full time at Brookfield where she also developed the Office Skills department into an IT department.
Jean plays in amateur orchestras and enjoys playing chamber music and, in recent years, has started playing the organ. She is also a director of the advanced chamber music course – Spring Music.
Jean first went to Berwang in 1997 and has attended as a participant ever since, taking over the administration of the course in 2010.