Robert Ely, Composer
Senior Bandmaster in the Parachute Regiment, before being cashiered for being gay.
Founded the first campaigning group for the rights of gay ex-servicemen. Numerous compositions, especially for wind band, including the award-winning Bromleagh.
Peter Scott-Presland, Librettist
Gay writer, playwright and performer for over 50 years.
Has written several musicals including the award-winning Yesterdaze; operas and classical pieces include Free, an anti-requiem, with Robert Ely et al., The Twins with Peter Murphy, and Jekyll & Hyde.
Jack Campbell, Music Director
A pianist and composer, Jack has recently graduated from the Royal College of Music. He specialises in collaborative projects, as an accompanist to singers and in a piano duet with his brother.
As a multi-disciplinary composer, he uses mixed media to create ethereal and dramatic soundscapes. He is a previous winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Keyboards competition. He has also recorded a CD of Robert Ely’s piano music.
Jeremy Rowe, Stage Director
Has staged many large-scale musicals and operas, starting with an anti-Vietnam-War project in 1971.
He has produced children's musicals at the Royal Albert Hall, he was founder and director of the National Festival of Voices.
The combined age of Peter, Robert and Jeremy is 224. Jack is 21. We believe in intergenerational working.
Jack Campbell (piano, MD):
Helen Betteridge (violin)
Helen studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College and made a career in military music, playing clarinet and violin in the Coldstream Guards.
Currently Band Sergeant-Major with the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra she also pursues a freelance career as a soloist and with her own string quartet, Amalfi Quartet.
Edward Jefferies (cello)
Edward graduated from Trinity College of Music before pursuing a freelance career with a number of professional orchestras in the UK and South America.
Since achieving his teacher’s qualification, he has worked in schools across London, as well as being Assistant Director of Music at Markham College in Peru. He is currently Head of Music at Fortismere, an outstanding secondary school in Muswell Hill.
Jean-Max Lattemann (countertenor)
Jean-Max trained at Trinity College and has taken extensive masterclasses. An Anglo-German, he has appeared in operas and in concert halls in the UK, Germany and Austria.
He specialises in both Baroque and modern repertoire, and scored a great success in Handel’s Xerxes, with Hampstead Garden Opera, and Noah Moseley’s Big Mountain Witch. He has appeared previously in the Tete-a-Tete Festival with Peregrine (2015).
Deborah Holborn (mezzo-soprano)
Deborah trained at Edinburgh University and Trinity Laban and has since appeared in operas as varied as Marriage of Figaro, Bluebeard’s Castle, Rigoletto and Jenufa.
Her interest in contemporary works has led her into the haunting soundscapes of Nino Russell, and she has been soloist in a variety of works by Bach, Handel and James MacMillan.
Kevin Neville (baritone)
Kevin is Irish, and trained at Trinity College, Dublin and the Conservatory of Music in Drama. He has worked mainly in Ireland, although recently he has appeared at La Monnaie in Brussells.
Roles include Figaro, Leporello and Rossini’s Don Alfonso in The Barber of Seville. He has frequently been the bass soloist in choral works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Bach.
Sam Leggett (tenor)
Sam is a Glasgow-based singer and conductor, educated at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, who also has a diploma as a teacher of singing.
Roles include Tamino in The Magic Flute, Lysander in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville. At this year’s Edinburgh Festival he is singing in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass, The Dream of Gerontius and Carmina Burana.