We are extremely grateful to the Derrill Allatt Foundation for their support and for making this series possible.
We would also like to thank the Worshipful Company of Musicians for their support towards the Barbican Quartet (March 20th) and Ke Ma (March 6th) lunchtime recitals.
Artistic Director: Jâms Coleman
Jâms Coleman is a Welsh pianist who enjoys a rich and varied musical life performing as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. He finds it inspiring and fascinating to collaborate with different musicians and values the rewards of this process.
Recent highlights include performing chamber music by Colin Matthews for the BBC Proms live on Radio 3, appearing on Radio 3’s In Tune and on BBC2’s Proms Extra with cellist Jamal Aliyev, a violin and piano performance with Luke Hsu at IMS Prussia Cove, song recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Leeds and Oxford Lieder Festivals and with tenors Robert Murray (in Prague) and Andrew Kennedy, solo recitals in France and solo appearances live on S4C and BBC Radio Cymru.
As a vocal accompanist, he enjoys collaborating with many singers and his engagements include recitals with such established artists as James Gilchrist, Sir John Tomlinson, Robert Murray, Nicholas Mulroy and Andrew Kennedy. Jâms enjoyed returning to the Two Moors Festival in October where he performed the three great Schubert song cycles, Die Schöne Müllerin with Nicholas Pritchard, Winterreise with baritone Henry Neill and Schwanengesang with Nicholas Mogg. Future chamber music includes recitals with cellists Jamal Aliyev, Marcin Zdunik and Laura van der Heijden, violist Timothy Ridout, violinist Luke Hsu, piano quintets with Clio Gould and others and recording a disc of French repertoire with Luke Hsu.
Jâms has appeared as a concerto soloist, performing repertoire including Beethoven’s Third, Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos and concertos by Chopin, Brahms and Mozart. He also has experience of working as a Musical Director and repetiteur and in 2014 he conducted fifteen performances of Tchaikofsky’s Eugene Onegin across Wales.
Jâms read Music at Girton College, Cambridge, where he was also a choral scholar. In 2016 he completed his Masters at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Professor Christopher Elton and Michael Dussek. He stayed on at the Academy as a Fellow and he enjoyed coaching and encouraging collaboration between pianists and the Vocal and Conducting departments.
Director of Music, St Clement Danes: Simon Over
Simon Over studied at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, the Royal Academy of Music and Oxford University. For ten years Simon was a member of the music staff of Westminster Abbey, and Director of Music in the Palace of Westminster. He is Founder-Conductor of the UK Parliament Choir.
Founder of Southbank Sinfonia in 2002 he has conducted concerts throughout the UK and Europe including St James’s Palace; The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; The Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. He has conducted on recordings with cellist Raphael Wallfisch, tenor Andrew Kennedy, pianist Alessio Bax and soprano Ilona Domnich. In 2009 he conducted the orchestra in 71 performances of Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Tom Stoppard/André Previn) at the National Theatre. In 2011 Simon received for Southbank Sinfonia the Japan Art Association Grant for Young Artists in the presence of Prince and Princess Hitachi and the Queen of England.
Conductor of the Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir he has been associated with Samling in its work with young professional singers since its inception. Artistic Director of the Anghiari Festival (Tuscany) since 2000, he has been for seven years Music Director of Bury Court Opera.
Guest Conductor of the City Chamber Orchestra (Hong Kong), the Goyang Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea) and Southern Sinfonia (New Zealand), in June 2011 Simon directed operas for the Vestfold International Festival in Norway. In August 2011 he conducted the Orquestra de Barra Mansa at the Candelaria, Rio, Brazil. In 2013, conducting both the Southern Sinfonia, New Zealand and the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra he represented Australia and New Zealand in Asia Music Week.
Simon has worked both as conductor and accompanist with many internationally-acclaimed artists, including Sir Thomas Allen, Sir James Galway , Dame Emma Kirkby, Dame Felicity Lott, Sir Willard White and Dame Edna Everage. As pianist, performances with American violinist Miriam Kramer at Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center, New York – as well as on several recordings – have received high critical acclaim.
Since March 2015 he has been Director of Music at St Clement Danes, the central church of the Royal Air Force.