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A French Odyssey 


July 6th 2024 at 7:30pm

(Doors open at 7pm)


St Andrew's Church

Maple Road, Surbiton KT6 4DS



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Teddington Choral Society and its Musical Director, Julian Collings, are delighted to announce their summer concert, "A French Odyssey", which will be performed on Saturday 6 July 2024 at 7:30pm at St Andrew's Church in Surbiton. (Doors open at 7pm)


The concert will feature a selection of French compositions from both early and contemporary periods, including Duruflé’s Requiem, Fauré’s Tantum Ergo and a medley from Les Misérables.

The choir will be joined by Mezzo soprano Clara Kanter, Baritone Jon Stainsby, Cellist Rebecca Hepplewhite  , Peter Jaekel at the organ and Phil Culling at the piano. (Read below for more details about our professionists)


Tickets cost: £15 (under 16s free) from direct link: (or search for Teddington Choral Society on Eventbrite website).






Summer 2024, Mezzo Soprano, Clara Kanter

Clara Kanter, Mezzo -Soprano


British mezzo-soprano Clara Kanter studied at Clare College, Cambridge, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Her operatic roles include Junon (Actéon),Mercedes (Carmen), Pitti-Sing (The Mikado), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), Dame Carruthers (The Yeomen of the Guard), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), and La Zelatrice (Suor Angelica). She was a soloist in Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht for Birmingham Opera Company, and has performed roles at Buxton Opera House and London’s Grimeborn and Tête-à-Tête opera festivals, most recently singing and recording the role of Rowan’ in Alastair White’s opera ROBE.

In concert, she has performed Berio’s Coro with the Lucerne Festival Academy Chorus under Sir Simon Rattle, and in Oslo with the Norwegian Soloists Choir, Vivaldi’s Gloria at the Purcell Room, Messiah at Cadogan Hall and in Leicestershire with Nevill Holt Opera Young Artists, Haydn’s Nelson Mass at St Martin-in-the-Fieldsand Brahms and Schubert songs with The Prince Consort/Side by Side at Wigmore Hall. She has featured as a soloist for the Armonico Consort and in broadcast for BBC World Service Radio

A keen ensemble singer, Clara has sung with groups including the Academy of Ancient Music, the BBC Singers, the English Concert, the Monteverdi ChoirPolyphony and Tenebrae, and along with the Maida Vale Singers has performed with the John Wilson Orchestra at the BBC Proms and on tour throughout the UK. She has also sung with the choruses of English National Opera and Opéra de Monte-Carlo. She has performed on numerous film soundtracks and appears on backing vocals for tracks by Biffy Clyro and Florence + The Machine. 

Future plans in 2024 include performances with Festival Voices at Bold Tendencies and Vache Baroque’s Salomone Rossi programme at the Lerici Festival.






Jon Stainsby, Baritone, A French Odyssey, July 24

Jon Stainsby, Baritone


Jon Stainsby completed a doctorate in English literature at the University of Oxford before pursuing vocal and opera studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and at Aldeburgh as a Britten Pears Young Artist. He now works as both a soloist and a consort singer with a number of today's foremost early music ensembles, including the Academy of Ancient Music, Brecon Baroque, Dunedin Consort, Akadêmia and the Monteverdi Choir. Recent highlights include solo cantatas at Leipzig Bachfest and the Brecon Baroque festival, performances of the music of Schütz at La Chaise Dieu and Heinrich Schütz Musikfest with Akadêmia; the Bach Mass in B Minor in Brussels, Paris and Moscow with Vox Luminis; performances of a new devised music/dance piece dans un train / wagon-zac in France with Ballets Confidentiels/Corps à Sons; and a UK tour of music of the German early baroque with Spiritato! He is a core member of The Marian Consort, an award-winning vocal ensemble whose current season includes appearances at Wigmore Hall and the Aldeburgh Festival, and a tour to the USA. He lives in south London with his wife (also a singer) and their two young daughters. Further details of his work can be found at




Rebecca Hepplewhite, cellistRebecca Hepplewhite, Cellist
Rebecca Hepplewhite performs internationally as a cellist and has given recitals throughout Europe, the USA, Asia and South Africa, with notable chamber and solo engagements including appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Purcell Room. She is cellist with the Pomegranate Piano Trio and enjoys a busy freelance orchestral career performing and recording with many of the UK's leading chamber orchestras. A strong advocate of new music, she has commissioned and premiered many new works, both with the Svyati Duo and with other ensembles. Recent solo engagements include performances of the Elgar and Dvorak Concertos.





Peter Jaekel, organ Spring 2022Peter Jaekel, Organ


Peter Jaekel studied at the Royal Academy of Music where his tutors included John Scott (organ) and Geoffrey Pratley and David Willison (piano accompaniment). For seven years he was chapel organist at Bradfield College, Berkshire, since when he has been a freelance organist and piano accompanist. In 2007 he was appointed accompanist to Crouch End Festival Chorus and he regularly deputises for the London Symphony Chorus and London Philharmonic Choir. He has worked with some of the world’s finest conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Edward Gardner. He has held appointments as organist at Tiffin School and St Paul’s Knightsbridge. Away from classical music Peter has performed as pianist with the Ben Sanders Scottish Country Dance Band throughout Britain and abroad.

Peter is in huge demand as a piano accompanist. He is also much sought after as a vocal coach for contemporary music; repertoire includes operas by Jonathan Dove, Stephen McNeff and Tansy Davies. He has been principal repetiteur for Eastern Opera and has also worked for European Chamber Opera.

He has given performances of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass and Arvo Part’s Credo with Crouch End, Handel Organ Concerti and Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony, and he has appeared at the Swaledale, Ryedale, Brighton and Deal festivals. His work has taken him to France, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Norway, the Baltic States, Hong Kong and New York. Recent performances have included the piano part in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with Crouch End at the Barbican and Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year with the Arcubus Ensemble. 












Friday December 6th 2024

St Andrews Church

Maple Road

Surbiton KT6 4DS





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