Nick Petts

Nick_smiles - Cropped and No Toast!Nick began his singing career as a boy soprano performing in Covent Garden, in a film with Judy Garland and Dirk Bogarde and was recorded on several LPs. He later worked as an accompanist on piano and sang in a variety of choral societies and chamber choirs. 

For the past 20 years he has run community choirs and hosted large singing events in Bristol and the South West. 

He formed and co-directed the 160-strong Community Choir People of Note.  He has played and sung with various bands and the A cappella groups: The Beach Persons and The Acafellers.

Guy Wilson

PB061250Guido developed his musical abilities by trying to outsing his older sisters in the back of a VW Fastback. He joined the church choir and played the fiddle until joining the New D’Oyly Carte Opera Company on a tour of the UK. He became a Lay Clerk at Christ Church, Oxford, where he made several recordings and toured extensively around Europe, and to the USA, Australia and the Lebanon.

While he was in Oxford, Guido worked with the New Chamber Opera and the Oxford University Opera and appeared regularly as soloist in oratorio, including The Messiah, The Creation and The Seasons, Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions, the Christmas and Easter Oratorios and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Acting credits include Orville Wright in The First Flight, shown extensively on Sky TV.

Guido now lives in Frome, where he works as Operations Manager for twentyfifty ltd, a Human Rights and Business consultancy, and runs singing holidays for Authentic Adventures. His “25 Wiltshire Songs for Community Choirs” will be published in June 2018.

Dave King

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADave began singing as a boy chorister at the RSCM. He studied Music at St. John’s College, York where he was the choral scholar. While in York he sang in the Chapter House Choir, the Yorkshire Bach Choir and worked as a freelance soloist, especially in contemporary music.

In the 80’s Dave was Musical Director of Horse + Bamboo Theatre and worked extensively as a jazz pianist and for many years he ran his own instrument-making business ‘Sound World’, specialising in multicultural bamboo instruments. In this capacity he made sculptures and instruments for Kew Gardens, Yorkshire Sculpture Park,  Oxford Botanical Gardens and many others and ran workshops at the Barbican Centre, for WOMAD in Gran Canaria, Spain and the UK, the Eden Project etc.

Dave was Musical Director and project administrator for the annual Wiltshire and Swindon Special Schools Festival from 2001 to 2010 which involved over 300 children with learning difficulties in an annual festival of song, and a featured composer with the Wiltshire Small Schools Festival in 2011 with a song cycle for primary children about Martin Luther King. He leads two choirs in Wiltshire (Akabella and Macapello) and has published 3 books of his SATB arrangements for Community Choirs – The Sumptuous Songbooks 1, 2 and 3.

Jon Conway

Jon-lake-smallJon has been singing, directing, coaching and performing in Harmony groups for over 30 years. He teaches many styles of singing including classical SATB, Taize, Gospel, Georgian, Sacred songs from various religions and cultures, Rock and Pop as well as his own A cappella arrangements.

Though he teaches many styles of music his specialty is Barbershop Harmony. He has been in several successful Barbershop quartets winning a total of 9 National medals including 3 Bronze, 3 Silver and 2 Gold. He has represented the UK at two International Barbershop competitions in Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

His workshops take him all over Europe including UK, Ireland, Holland, Italy, Prague and Spain. Many of these events allow people with very little singing experience to discover the wonder and joy of creating harmonies through song.

He is a significant force in the education of Harmony singing and Chorus Directing in BABS (The British Association of Barbershop Singers) and Making Music (a national organisation of over 2800 musical groups). He spent many years being a fully qualified BABS singing judge.

His noted quartet appearances include Disney World, Goodwood Revival, Orient Express and National TV including “You Bet”, “Terry and Gabby”, “Emmerdale” and “Ant & Dec’s Saturday night takeaway” as the coach for teaching Ant’s team of celebrities.

Jon has been awarded with a lifetime achievement award for a long and valuable service to barbershop singing in Britain, particularly for his work on Learn-To-Sing courses which has inspired many thousands of people to take up singing. He has now entered the BABS Hall of Fame.