Composer : Kevin Jacot
Kevin began his musical education as a chorister at St. Michael's College, Tenbury, and later sang for London cathedrals and churches whilst studying Music at Surrey University.
When Kevin is not walking his pet dogs, Bessie and Flossy, or riding his horse, Arnie, he spends his time teaching the piano. Kevin runs both the “Sing for Joy” choir and the Chase Singers. He also enjoys playing the piano and singing in local nursing homes which he regards as a wonderful privilege.
As a composer Kevin has written a variety of songs and arrangements, including "We'll meet again", commissioned for the 2005 Farnham Festival and sung in the Maltings by over 250 school children.
The Web is his latest commission and is inspired by the stories he used to read as a child in the Ladybird books. It features classic tales including The Enormous Turnip, Little Red Riding Hood (now Red Hoodie!) and The Three Little Pigs.
Kevin has broadcast for the BBC and has sung for various Choral Societies in the South of England. Performances include tenor solos in Mozart's 'Requiem' and Handel's 'Messiah' and the evangelist in Bach's 'St. John Passion'. On the more light-hearted side, Kevin has performed with Sir Cliff Richard, Julia Migenes and Clive Rowe at the London Palladium and has sung his own arrangement of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ with Sir Cliff Richard at his house in St. George's Hill.
Composer: Janet Wheeler
Choral conductor Janet Wheeler is increasingly in demand as a composer. Her music has been sung recently by I Fagiolini, National Youth Choir of Great Britain and BBC Singers as well as many other choirs. She read music at Cambridge, studying composition with Robin Holloway, before an early career in education and then as music producer in BBC School Radio. An exciting spate of premières in 2016 includes two commissioned anthems, the winning introit in the Friends of Cathedral Music Jubilee competition in Southwark Cathedral in June, a choral/orchestral piece The Ceaseless Round of Circling Planets commissioned for performance at the Thaxted Festival in July and I Sing and Ever Shall a choral and orchestral celebration of singing, commissioned by Southampton Philharmonic Choir.