James has been a Gentleman of the Choir since October 2007, succeeding Ben Fawden. He combines a busy career as a solo singer with teaching singing to around forty pupils at Emanuel School, Eltham College and Dulwich College. James’ recent concert performances include work with the Hallé, Manchester Camerata, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, and RTÉ Symphony and Concert orchestras in Ireland. His opera appearances include solo roles at Garsington Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Opera North and ROH2. www.james-oldfield.com
When at university Mark was a Tenor Choral Scholar, then latterly a Lay Clerk at Carlisle Cathedral. From 1994 he was appointed a Tenor Lay Vicar Choral in the Choir of Lichfield Cathedral. In 2002 he moved to London and became a freelance singer, deputising in the choirs of St Georges Chapel Windsor Castle, York Minster and at St Pauls, Southwark, Winchester and Chichester Cathedrals. Mark was appointed as a Gentleman in the Choir of the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy in 2007.
Sebastian began his musical training as a chorister at Wells Cathedral. He later became a member of the National Youth Choir and Chamber Choir of Great Britain. He went on to sing with the choirs of Portsmouth and Winchester Cathedrals before gaining a choral scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge. Since graduating Sebastian has been engaged as a freelance singer and was appointed a Gentleman in the Choir of the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy in November 2017.
Timothy studied at the University of Kent with Benjamin Luxon and at Trinity College of Music with Janice Chapman. A graduate of the prestigious ‘Knack’ programme at English National Opera, Timothy has performed with English National Opera, Scottish Opera, London Voices, Aldeburgh and Bregenz Festivals, Raymond Gubbay, BBC Wales Chorus and the Grammy nominated vocal ensemble Accentus. Timothy has made numerous recordings including the best-selling Faure Requiem with the Accentus (Naïve Label). He has also recorded numerous film soundtracks with London Voices, including The Hobbit and Snow White and The Huntsman.
Timothy is also a composer and conductor, and in 2012 founded the operatic vocal ensemble Cantoribus, whose debut album ‘Vision’ will be released in 2014 on Stone Records.
As an actor, Timothy has appeared in numerous film and television productions, including The Iron Lady, Johnny English 2, Quantum of Solace, Posh and Downton Abbey.
James Preston was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College and studied music under John Skinner. At that time he was also a chorister at Southwark Cathedral, where he later served as a lay clerk, and was a violinist with the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra.
James was taught by Martyn Hill, John Wakefield and Nicholas Powell whilst he attended Trinity College of Music as an undergraduate. He now sings several professional choirs in London and started singing with the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy in October 2015 having deputised regularly for his predecessor, Greg Tassell. He has performed in numerous broadcasts both in ensembles and as a soloist and toured Europe, Asia and the USA extensively.
Nicholas Mitchell began singing at Worcester College, Oxford at the age of six. Later he sang at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford before moving to London. He has sung with many of the London choirs and was at Brompton oratory before coming to the Queen’s Chapel. He teaches Classics, plays the oboe and writes on early instruments and their evidence for choral pitch.