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: -the Sussex Chorus & the Neil Jenkins Chorale. He 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. 2017 marks his 50th year as a professional singer!

Penny Jenkins
Penny JenkinsAdministrator
Penny has performed opera and oratorio throughout Europe, has broadcast for the BBC and recorded solos with the Oriana Consort, the Brighton Chamber Choir and the Neil Jenkins Chorale. She now concentrates on teaching singing to people of all ages and abilities, and loves her classes for adult singers (such as the ones at “Jackdaws”) called Discover Your Voice, as well as her work with juniors calledReady, Steady, Sing! She has twice been Musician in Residence for theJackdaws Educational Trust in Somerset, working with primary and secondary school children on large-scale choral works.

For ten years she was a tutor at Summer Music, where she got to know Steven Rickards. She is now co-director, with him, of the Vocal Arts Institute at the University of Indianapolis. She has successfully trained pupils for Choral Scholarships at Oxford & Cambridge colleges and places at London’s music colleges. In recent years she has been working as a vocal coach in the world of film & television, notably the Edinburgh Festival & Cannes success: The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael. She was also seen training the priest to sing in Channel 4’sPriest Idol. She is much in demand as a Festivals Adjudicator.

Tutors (photos courtesy of Edwin Cowley)

Eugene Asti
Eugene AstiConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Ansy Boothroyd
Ansy BoothroydConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Robin Bowman
Robin BowmanConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Tim Brown
Tim BrownConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Christopher Cowell
Christopher CowellConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Louise Crane
Louise CraneConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Michael Fields
Michael FieldsConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Hilary Fisher
Hilary FisherConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Jacquelyn Fugelle
Jacquelyn FugelleConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Theresa Goble
Theresa GobleConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Robert Hammersley
Robert HammersleyConfirmed Tutor 2017

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John Hancorn
John HancornConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Colin Hunt
Colin HuntConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Bryan Husband
Bryan HusbandConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Richard Jackson
Richard JacksonConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Nicholas Jenkins
Nicholas JenkinsConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Susan Legg
Susan LeggConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Delia Lindon
Delia LindonConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Penelope MacKay
Penelope MacKayConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Nathan Medley
Nathan MedleyConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Brian Parsons
Brian ParsonsConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Yvonne Patrick
Yvonne PatrickConfirmed Tutor 2017

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William Relton
William ReltonConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Steven Rickards
Steven RickardsConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Lesley-Jane Rogers
Lesley-Jane RogersConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Gregory Rose
Gregory RoseConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Louise Shephard
Louise ShephardConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Stephen Varcoe
Stephen VarcoeConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Marc Verter
Marc VerterConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Alison Wells
Alison WellsConfirmed Tutor 2017

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Richard Wilkins
Richard WilkinsConfirmed Tutor 2017

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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
  • Jacquelyn Bevan
  • Jennifer Carter
  • John Collis
  • Soundarie David
  • Nigel Foster
  • Tom Gerber
  • Nick Houghton
  • Colin Hunt
  • Charles Kilpatrick
  • Louisa Lam
  • Anne Le Hair
  • Melissa Morris
  • Tim Nail
  • Elena Nalimova
  • Clive Pollard
  • Mike Pugh
  • Hazel Ramsay
  • Gavin Roberts
  • Stephen Rose
  • Susie Ruffles
  • Lesley-Anne Sammons
  • Terry Saunders
  • Philip Sear
  • Richard Shaw
  • Candy Siu
  • Leanne Singh-Levett
  • David Smith
  • Clare Toomer
  • Alice Turner
  • Merel van der Knoop
  • Michael Veazey
  • Marc Verter
  • Joe Ward
  • 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)