Mr Simon Brown - Director of Chapel Music
Simon Brown was the director of music at King's College School in Cambridge from 1999-2014, the director of King's Voices from 2001 to 2013m and is now the Director of Chapel Music at Robinson. He is responsible for the rehearsing and conducting of the choir. He is assisted in this role by the Organ Scholars. Simon was a choral scholar in King's College Choir in the late 1970s, and since then has sung in the choirs of New College, Oxford, Winchester Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty's Chapels Royal (St James' Palace). His teaching career began at Bradford Grammar School in Yorkshire, and was followed by 12 years as Head of Academic and Choral Music at the Purcell School. His time at the Purcell School included conducting the youngest ever choir to sing Tallis' 40-part choral work Spem In Alium. Simon enjoys playing many instruments including recorder, viola, clarinet and harp.
The Reverend Dr Simon Perry - Chaplain
After seven years in the military, Simon went to Regent’s Park College, Oxford, to study Theology and train for Baptist Ministry. He has served as part time minister at Fivehead Baptist Church in Somerset, where, on his departure, the church was in a position to offer a full time position to his successor. From Somerset, he was appointed chaplain to Fitzwilliam College, where he also became a boat club captain. This was followed by five years at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, a central London community deeply engaged in political and social justice, a job that involved political campaigning, rough sleeping and excessive eating.
Dr Jeremy Thurlow - Director of Music
Jeremy Thurlow is an English composer. He studied music under the direction of Tim Brown and composition with Alexander Goehr at Clare College, Cambridge, before spending a year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying composition and music-theatre with Peter Wiegold, and then taking a PhD at King's College, London. His compositions include music for orchestra, choir, solo voice, and chamber ensembles and have been performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Matthew Schellhorn, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, the Aronowitz Ensemble, Rolf Hind, Sequitur, Endymion, Peter Sheppard Skaerved and the BBC Singers, among others. In 2007 he won the George Butterworth Award for Composition with his video-opera A Sudden Cartography of Song, composed in collaboration with writer Alistair Appleton. His book Henri Dutilleux: la musique des rêves/the music of dreams is an in-depth study of one of the major figures of twentieth-century French music, and he has also published articles on French post-war music including a study of Messiaen's birdsong style in the Cambridge University Press volume Messiaen Studies. He has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 3, writing and broadcasting programmes about Fauré, Messiaen, Stravinsky and Schoenberg, and has also contributed to the revised New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2000).