Tessa Marchington – Equal Voices
Tessa Marchington is a pianist and entrepreneur. Passionate about sharing the many benefits of music Tessa founded ‘Music in Offices’ (MIO) in 2006. Since then MIO has brought music to over 1000 office workers throughout the UK through setting up office choirs and facilitating music tuition during their working day. Companies including Channel 4, L’Oreal, News International, Standard Chartered Bank, Deloitte, Norton Rose and Herbert Smith all benefit from Tessa’s vision and dedication to music making. Tessa continues to develop partnerships with leading Arts organisations including the City of London Festival, Classic Fm and Lucky Voice in order to increase performance platforms for her clients. MIO was shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Award this year. Tessa is increasingly in demand as a speaker and most recently gave presentations at The Guild of Health Writers and The Royal Academy of Music.
As a pianist Tessa completed her post graduate at The Royal Academy of Music and regularly performs with opera singers and instrumentalists. She accompanies numerous choirs and recently played for the Olivier Award Winner production of La Boheme with Opera Upclose.
Committed to the highest level of music making, Tessa has also co-founded the Surrey Hills Music Festival. This is an annual three day festival featuring the classical rising stars including BBC Young Musicians Winners Nicola Benedetti and Natalie Klein, World Champion Harmonica player Philip Achille and Royal Opera House stars Lucy Crowe and Andrew Staples. Education is also at the heart of this festival, and Tessa has lead workshops in local schools on story telling and music through Lieder and Art Song as well as Instrument Discovery Days.
James Davey is one of the UK’s most distinguished and respected young choral directors, in demand for his work as conductor, choir trainer, choral education practitioner, arranger and adjudicator.
A graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire and Roehampton University, where he gained his MA in Choral Education, James studied conducting with the Association of British Choral Directors and under many eminent choral figures, including; Mike Brewer, Peter Broadbent, Therees Hibbard, Paul Spicer, Ralph Allwood and Bob Chilcott. He has since returned to teach conducting for both the Association of British Choral Directors and for Roehampton University.
Formerly the chief choral advisor for the BBC’s sheet music archives, James has delivered projects for the BBC Singers Education Department as workshop leader and mentor, as well as regularly conducting and preparing choirs for broadcasts on TV and Radio.
At the heart of his busy schedule James is Musical Director for; Chantage- BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year 2006 (which he founded in 1999 whilst Music Assistant at St Paul’s Cathedral School), the Chandos Chamber Choir, the Aylesbury Festival Choir, the Fleet Singers and a number of work-place choirs, including; Guardian Angels (the choir of the Guardian Observer newspaper), 4Tunes (Channel 4′s staff choir), Gleemantle (Fremantle’s staff choir) and the staff choir at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire – hosts of the ‘MAD about Waddesdon’ festival.
He is also a choir trainer for the Royal College of Music Junior Department, a Guest Conductor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and a tutor for the Cranleigh Choral Week, the Ingenium Academy and the Sherborne Summer School of Music.