Musical Director: Julian Collings
Julian Collings was educated as an organ scholar at Tonbridge School in Kent, before gaining an organ scholarship to Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1999. He gained the associateship diploma of the Royal College of Organists whilst still at Tonbridge studying under Thomas Trotter and Sarah Baldock. He continued his organ studies in Cambridge with David Sanger, graduating with a music degree in the summer of 2002. During his time at Christ’s, Julian accompanied the college choir on tour to Scandinavia, Canada and the United States both as organist and conductor, as well as playing on a number of critically-acclaimed CD releases.
Julian is currently Director of Music at St Cyprian’s Church, Clarence Gate in London and regularly deputises as an organist at St Bride’s Church on Fleet Street. In addition to his church work, Julian is Musical Director of the London chamber choir Ad Libitum and also directs a versatile vocal group called Corporate Voices who specialise in the provision of entertainment for corporate functions. He is repetiteur to the East London Chorus and teaches the organ throughout the London area. In 2012 he was appointed a Musical Director of Singingworks.
As a recitalist he has performed extensively both in the UK and overseas as well as broadcasting for BBC radio and television. Recent recital engagements have included Sheffield Cathedral, St Alban’s Abbey and St John’s College Cambridge as well as a number of recitals around the Channel Islands, France and Estonia. As organist with Svyati Duo he regularly collaborates with cellist, Rebecca Hewes, performing concerts throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States.
Russell Hepplewhite studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and subsequently at the Royal College of Music, where he was awarded a scholarship to study piano with Head of Keyboards Andrew Ball and composition with Timothy Salter.
Russell has composed works for many different ensembles. His compositions have been performed by distinguished musicians at major venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Library Theatre Luton, the Purcell Room and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Invisible Landscapes for cello and organ is featured on a CD recorded by Svyati Duo and released by Regent Records. Russell has also had musicals developed at the National Theatre Studio.
Also in demand as pianist, Russell has performed in many venues across the U.K, including the Bridgewater Hall and Conway Hall. As a chamber musician he has given concerts with various ensembles throughout the country, including performances of the Brahms Piano Trios and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunnaire. He has given many critically acclaimed recitals with his duo partner, cellist Rebecca Hewes, with whom he was a featured artist for the Concordia Foundation and shortlisted artist for the Park Lane Group.
Russell works extensively in education and outreach, composing major pieces for English Touring Opera, Rambert Dance Company, Southwark Playhouse, and Sheffield Theatres. Works for these companies have been performed at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Tate Modern Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Sheffield Crucible, Soho Theatre and Ripon Cathedral.
In addition to his composition and performing schedule, Russell is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and teaches Musicianship and Composition at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.