Neil Jenkins - tenor and conductor

Neil Jenkins - Choir Musical Director and Conductor has been a professional singer for over forty-five years. He made his debut with the Deller Consort and in the 1970s he was appointed as an RCM singing professor by Sir David Willcocks. Neil has sung with all of Britain’s leading opera companies and has been associated with Kent Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera & Glyndebourne. He joined WNO in 2008 for a production of Verdi’s Falstaff, starring Bryn Terfel. His recordings cover a wide range of styles, including operas with Domingo, Pavarotti and Carreras, and Oratorios conducted by Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Chailly and David Willcocks.

In 2004 Neil was honoured by the Worshipful Company of Musicians with the presentation of the Sir Charles Santley Memorial Award for his musical achievements. He teaches at several international summer schools, including AIMS which he runs with his wife. He also gives Masterclasses and sits on international singing juries. As well as being, until recently, the Musical Director of Sussex Chorus, Neil is President of the Haywards Heath Music Society, Shoreham Oratorio Choir, Basildon Choral Society, the Grange Choral Society of Bournemouth, Kent Chorus, and is Patron of the Goldsmith’s Choral Union. Neil increasingly combines singing with musicology. He has translated and edited all of Bach’s major choral works and Haydn’s The Seasons and The Creation, and has published a biography of the Handelian singer and first great English tenor, John Beard. 

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