Neil Jenkins
Neil JenkinsArtistic Director
Neil has been a professional singer for over forty years. Having sung in the choirs of Westminster Abbey and King’s College Cambridge he made his solo debut in October 1967, and sang and recorded with the Deller Consort, under the direction of Alfred Deller, for ten years, whilst establishing himself as an opera singer at Kent Opera. In the 1970s he was appointed as an RCM singing professor by Sir David Willcocks, for whom he became a regular soloist with the Bach Choir, especially in the Bach Passions. He became equally at home as an Operatic, Oratorio and Recital singer; and combined this with an increasingly important role as a musicologist. Neil has translated and edited all of Bach’s major choral works for the New Novello Choral Edition, & Haydn’s ‘Seasons’ & ‘Creation’ for King’s Music. He has produced several song albums for OUP & Kevin Mayhew Ltd. He is now researching the lives of Handel’s English singers, and has published the biography of John Beard, the great 18th century tenor who worked with Handel, Arne and David Garrick.

Neil has sung with all of Britain’s leading opera companies, and was associated with Kent Opera, Scottish Opera, WNO & Glyndebourne for many years. His performances in Kent Opera’s King Priam & Glyndebourne Festival’s Lulu and Higglety Pigglety Pop are available on video. He worked for WNO for 30 years, commencing as Count Almaviva to Thomas Allen’s Figaro in the early 1970s; and was with them most recently for a production of Verdi’s Falstaff, starring Bryn Terfel, which was televised. Neil has been honoured by the Worshipful Company of Musicians with the presentation of the Sir Charles Santley Memorial Award for his achievements in his career.

2007 marked the 40th anniversary of his London debut, which he celebrated with his various choirs. He is Music Director of the Sussex Chorus & the Neil Jenkins Chorale, and is President of the Haywards Heath Music Society, Grange Choral Society, Shoreham Oratorio Choir, Basildon Choral Society, Kent Chorus, as well as being Patron of the Goldsmiths Choral Union. Neil is in demand as an Adjudicator at competitive festivals, and as a Masterclass tutor at venues such as Jackdaws.

Tutors (photos courtesy of Edwin Cowley)

Terence Allbright
Terence AllbrightConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Eugene Asti
Eugene AstiConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Ansy Boothroyd
Ansy BoothroydConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Michael Fields
Michael FieldsConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Hilary Fisher
Hilary FisherConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Jacquelyn Fugelle
Jacquelyn FugelleConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Theresa Goble
Theresa GobleConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Ameral Gunson
Ameral GunsonConfirmed Tutor 2016

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John Hancorn
John HancornConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Stephen Hope
Stephen HopeConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Colin Hunt
Colin HuntConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Bryan Husband
Bryan HusbandConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Richard Jackson
Richard JacksonConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Penny Jenkins
Penny JenkinsConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Delia Lindon
Delia LindonConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Penelope MacKay
Penelope MacKayConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Robert Marsden
Robert MarsdenConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Morag McLaren
Morag McLarenConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Brian Parsons
Brian ParsonsConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Yvonne Patrick
Yvonne PatrickConfirmed Tutor 2016

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John Ramster
John RamsterConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Steven Rickards
Steven RickardsConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Gregory Rose
Gregory RoseConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Stephen Varcoe
Stephen VarcoeConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Alison Wells
Alison WellsConfirmed Tutor 2016

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Richard Wilkins
Richard WilkinsConfirmed Tutor 2016

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The AIMS House Pianists are drawn from the cream of the country’s professional accompanists at British conservatoires and Opera houses, and are the powerhouse of the Summer School. In recent years, pianists and instrumentalists have included:

  • Howard Beach
  • Jennifer Carter
  • John Collis
  • Nigel Foster
  • Tom Gerber
  • Charles Kilpatrick
  • Louisa Lam
  • Anne Le Hair
  • Tim Nail
  • Elena Nalimova
  • Clive Pollard
  • Hazel Ramsay
  • Susie Ruffles
  • Lesley Anne Sammons
  • Terry Saunders
  • Philip Sear
  • Richard Shaw
  • Candy Siu
  • David Smith
  • Clare Toomer
  • Alice Turner
  • Merel van der Knoop
  • Marc Verter
  • Stephen Waterhouse
  • Jan Winstone
  • Nicholas Houghton (piano and organ)
  • Colin Hunt (piano and organ)
  • David Hollingum (oboe and cor anglais)
  • George Clifford (violin)
  • Janet Forbes (recorder)