Musical Director – Richard Harker
In addition to Hampton Choral Society, Richard is musical director of The Hythe Singers, the Wallace Singers, Teatime Opera and APP Singers (Parkinson’s). He is a chorus master for Opera Holland Park, and assistant conductor of St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus and Dulwich Chamber Choir. Richard leads workplace choirs for Jones Lang Lasalle and The Place, and is one of the artistic directors of the Voices of London Festival. He is a music teacher and director of boys choirs at Northbridge House School in Camden. In summer 2016 Richard conducted Terterian’s Fire Ring at the Grimeborn Festival for London Armenian Opera.
Richard graduated with an MA in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music, receiving the Thomas Armstrong Prize. He read music at, and was organ scholar of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he received the Swinburne Prize. Current projects include an opera based on Schumann’s song cycles entitled Unknowing and Menotti’s The Telephone with Teatime Opera, and La Traviata and Cosi Fan Tutte at Opera Holland Park in summer 2018.
Follow Richard on Twitter – @richardbharker
Accompanist – Pam Kent
Pam fulfilled her first engagement as an accompanist at the age of 14 when she appeared with a local choir on a Sunday religious TV broadcast. She studied piano with Kyla Greenbaum and, after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, combined a career in piano teaching, both privately and as a visiting teacher in local schools (including for many years the Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton) with a busy schedule of chamber music recitals and work as a professional accompanist for grade examinations, music festivals, auditions and master classes, and various youth and adult choirs.
As well as being the accompanist for Hampton Choral Society, she is currently the accompanist for Ember Choral, and has enjoyed accompanying both choirs on their concert tours abroad.