Stephen Cleobury

Stephen needs no introduction from us. He is a world famous conductor, musician, and Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge. We refer you to his pages at King’s College for an introduction to his work.

Lynette Alcántara

Lynette is the conductor of King’s Junior Voices. Between January 2007 and July 2010 she also worked as choral animateur for the King’s College Chorister Outreach Project (part of the national SingUP project), supporting local primary teachers in developing their pupils’ interest in singing. As part of the project she founded and still conducts King’s Junior Voices. From 2010-2020 she was the singing teacher to the boy choristers of The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, preparing the boy trebles for recordings, concerts and radio and TV broadcasts.

Lynette is Director of Music at Wolfson College Cambridge where she conducts the college’s 50 voice choir and 16 voice chamber singers. At the CU Faculty of Music Lynette taught on the Vocal Health and Training component of the MMus in Choral Conducting Course and several of her MMus students have volunteered with KJV.

Her secondary school years were spent at a state music specialist school where she gained her love of choral music singing in its award winning choirs. Lynette went on to study musicology at Monash University (BA) and then took a double honours degree (gaining a First) in singing and music education at Melbourne University (BMusEd). She gained her earliest teaching and conducting experience with some of the leading children’s choirs in Australia, including the Australian Boys’ Choir, the Young Voices of Melbourne and the Melbourne Youth Choir. As part of her music education degree she specialised in the Kodály Method and then taught at a specialist Kodály primary school.

She sang with the Victoria State Opera and in 1991 won the National Liederfest prize, allowing her to travel to London to continue her vocal studies. She began working with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, singing as soloist on recordings including the Gramophone Award winning disc “The Choral Music of Percy Grainger”. She has sung as soloist with many of the UK’s top vocal ensembles, including understudying the alto lead in Deborah Warner’s controversial staging of Handel’s Messiah at English National Opera.

Between 1993-2017 Lynette was a staff member with the BBC Singers, Britain’s only full-time professional chamber choir. She has performed with them at major music festivals in the UK and around the world and has sung at prestigious events such as the funeral of Princess Diana. In addition to a busy performing and recording schedule, the BBC Singers has an busy learning and outreach programme which Lynette played an active part in.

Lynette now focuses on sharing her love of singing by teaching Cambridge University Choral Scholars at a number of Colleges, as well as working with KJV.

More about Lynette can be found on her website.

Rebecca Moulton

Rebecca Moulton is a music teacher working at Cambridgeshire Music. She teaches classroom music at both primary and secondary level as well as working with the government KS2 scheme Wider Opportunities.

Although focusing on classroom tuition for Cambridgeshire Music, Rebecca has also organised several ensembles and choirs both in school and out; including the Cambridge Junior Choir between 2005 and 2008. She also teaches flute, recorder and singing.

Rebecca obtained her Music BA in 2003 at Anglia Polytechnic University followed by a one year PGCE in secondary music teaching at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

She has sung soprano in various operas and concerts including solo performances for Chelmsford Opera Society (Merrie England), Cambridge Amateur Operatic Society (2nd Lady in The Magic Flute), Wolfson College, Anglia Polytechnic University’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Amore), and two concert performances in the Royal Albert Hall, one of them as part of the BBC Proms. Rebecca has also performed recitals in the Wolfson College lunchtime concert series and Magdalene College Music Society’s production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. Rebecca is enjoying developing her teaching skills and gaining experience working with Lynette Alcantara at Kings Junior Voices, and is thoroughly delighted to continue to support the choir.

Adam McDonagh

Dublin-born pianist Adam McDonagh is a Samling Artist and a first-class honours performance graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama. He has also recently completed the Master of Philosophy in Music Studies programme as a scholar of Queens’ College, University of Cambridge.

Adam has performed throughout Europe, and for Irish radio and television. Since having moved to Cambridge last year, Adam has performed throughout the UK, including in venues such as Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and Sage Gateshead, Newcastle. Adam has been awarded 2nd Prize in the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition, the Michael McNamara Performance Gold Medal and the Alan Gillespie Ulster Bank Award. He has been supported by the Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship, Arts Council of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme.

Adam is in high demand as a collaborative pianist and has acted as accompanist in the masterclasses of Patricia Bardon, Dame Emma Kirkby, Ailish Tynan, Dame Ann Murray and Maxim Vengerov. He has performed in the Dublin International Piano Festival, Boyle Arts Festival, Cambridge Brahms Festival, Westport Festival of Chamber Music, and has had masterclasses with eminent collaborative pianists such as James Baillieu on the Samling Artist Programme, Joseph Middleton on the Pembroke College Cambridge Lieder Scheme and Roger Vignoles as part of the London Song Festival.

Maggie Heywood

Maggie trained to be a Primary School Teacher at Redland College of Education in Bristol, with Music as her main subject. From there she went to Papua New Guinea to spend four terms in a bush primary school, on Voluntary Service Overseas, before taking up her first teaching job in Cambridge at Arbury Junior School.

She joined the CUMS Chorus in her third week in Cambridge, under David Willcocks and began a life-long commitment to choral singing – with CUMS on Fridays and the Bach Choir in London on Mondays – until her paralysed vocal cord brought it to an end ten years ago. After five years at Arbury she moved to Morley Memorial School as the music specialist and ran the flourishing choir at lunchtimes with the Headteacher, Dorothy Hurst – also a member of CUMS Chorus. They put on a concert every term for many years and Maggie also ran guitar and recorder groups.

After taking early retirement Maggie turned her attention to administrative work associated with music. She had been running CUMS – the chorus and all three orchestras – for over twenty years and continued to do so until 2007, with more time to devote to it than previously. She was pleased to be asked to be the administrator on behalf of King’s College for the Sing Up outreach initiative, and has been KJV’s administrator since the beginning. She is very glad that King’s Junior Voices will be able to continue.

Sharon Mays

Originally from Savannah, Georgia (USA), Sharon Mays is a postgraduate student at Cambridge University on the MMus in Choral Studies. She is a member Selwyn College, where she sings in their chapel choir.

Sharon graduated from Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama) with a Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music. During her time there she was the recipient of a dozen scholarships and worked closely with Philip Copeland, Paul A. Richardson, and Eric Mathis. As a member of Samford’s University Fellows Program, she continued her classical education through intense study of the “great books” with top faculty and students. An active choral singer, she sang in her church’s Cathedral Choir, her university’s A Cappella Choir, and a Birmingham-based Renaissance polyphony ensemble, Highland Consort. Samford’s student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) was developed significantly during her three years in leadership. Sharon applied her studies in sacred music through an internship at the Cathedral Church of the Advent (Episcopal) in Birmingham with Frederick Teardo where she assisted in leading the cathedral’s music department and various ensembles. She has studied voice as a soprano for six years, previously with Brad Diamond and now with Anita Morrison. In her last year of university she began organ studies with Frederick Teardo and now studies with Alex Goodwin.

Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson if currently studying towards an MMus in Choral Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is Organ Scholar at Corpus Christi, Cambridge.

Mrs Joanna Womack

Joanna Womack started her professional life as a solicitor in the City of London, working on company mergers and acquisitions and Stock Option Schemes. She soon saw the light, and moved to Cambridge, where she has worked ever since, first as a College Lecturer in Law and Tutor and then as Bursar and Treasurer in three colleges and the University of Cambridge. She has recently retired from her final job, as Bursar of Clare Hall, which is a graduate college focused on Research. She is Trustee of four other charities and Chairs two Cambridge pension schemes. All of these benefit from her long experience of financial management, budgeting and investment. She is particularly delighted to be supporting KJV, not only because of her interest in education but also because of her lifelong enjoyment of music, both as a rather tentative amateur singer (alto) and as a very keen opera lover.

Dr Nigel Chancellor

After service as an Officer in the Army during the 1960s, he went into industry and started a manufacturing company producing industrial packaging and paper from recycled material; this became a ‘plc’ in 1985. In 1990, he changed career again and was accepted by Trinity Hall as a mature undergraduate to read History. He went on to complete a PhD and was elected a Fellow of Trinity Hall, and subsequently Domus Bursar of the college. He is a College Mentor for post-graduates in History and a Research Associate in the Centre of South Asian Studies. He has been a Trustee and Chairman of the Papworth Trust and the Varrier- Jones Foundation serving disabled people in East Anglia since 1982. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, and was High Sheriff in 1996/7. At that time he was also Chairman of the Fitzwilliam Museum Trust. He has sung in the Messiah as a treble and as a bass.