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Scholars


In September 2013, a new Scholarship scheme began at St John's under the leadership of our Director of Music. Four Choral Scholars (SATB) and an Organ Scholar now take part in most of the Sunday services, and at Choral Evensong, usually on the first Sunday of each month (please see the Services and Music page for more information). 

Our current Scholars (from September 2018) are:

Clover Willis -  Soprano
Simone Jonetsu Ibbett-Brown - Alto
Francis Melville - Tenor
Joe Derry - Bass
Joshua Simoes - Organ Scholar

Biography information for them can be found below. 

Our Scholars are available for private tuition - please be in touch with the Parish Office for more information.

If you would like to be considered for the Scholarship scheme, or if you would like to be added to our dep list, please contact the Parish Office on: 

officemanager@stjohnsnottingill.com

 

 Clover graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 2017 where she held a choral scholarship and studied music. During her time at university she performed in various operas including John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Britten’s A Turn of the Screw and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has appeared as the soprano soloist in concert performances of works including Bach St John Passion, Magnificat, St Matthew Passion, B Minor Mass, Cantatas 1, 4, 32, 41, 62 and 144, Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri, Monteverdi Vespers, Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She also has a great interest in music outreach in schools and prisons and is an avid consort singer, regularly appearing with Ensemble Pro Victoria and Sansara. From September 2018 she will begin teaching music in a secondary school in Haringey. 

Clover graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 2017 where she held a choral scholarship and studied music. During her time at university she performed in various operas including John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Britten’s A Turn of the Screw and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has appeared as the soprano soloist in concert performances of works including Bach St John Passion, Magnificat, St Matthew Passion, B Minor Mass, Cantatas 1, 4, 32, 41, 62 and 144, Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri, Monteverdi Vespers, Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She also has a great interest in music outreach in schools and prisons and is an avid consort singer, regularly appearing with Ensemble Pro Victoria and Sansara. From September 2018 she will begin teaching music in a secondary school in Haringey. 

Clover Willis- Soprano

 Joseph is currently in his fifth year at Imperial College School of Medicine. His passion for singing began at sixth form, singing for the school’s chamber choir and madrigal ensemble, of which he was a founder member. At Imperial, Joseph is an active member of the musical scene as both a singer and classical saxophonist. He is the current chairman of their flagship choir, Imperial College Chamber Choir. As a past holder of the School of Medicine Music Scholarship, Joseph has performed with the Symphony Orchestra, School of Medicine Orchestra and was previously leader of the Imperial College Big Band. Outside university, Joseph has sung with a variety of vocal groups, from the choir of St Michael Cornhill to the a Capella group “The Naturals”.Joseph holds a Licentiate of Trinity College London in classical saxophone, and studies under Simon Haram at the Royal Academy of Music. He is principle saxophonist of the Marylebone Symphonic Wind Orchestra, and a former member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra.

Joseph is currently in his fifth year at Imperial College School of Medicine. His passion for singing began at sixth form, singing for the school’s chamber choir and madrigal ensemble, of which he was a founder member. At Imperial, Joseph is an active member of the musical scene as both a singer and classical saxophonist. He is the current chairman of their flagship choir, Imperial College Chamber Choir. As a past holder of the School of Medicine Music Scholarship, Joseph has performed with the Symphony Orchestra, School of Medicine Orchestra and was previously leader of the Imperial College Big Band. Outside university, Joseph has sung with a variety of vocal groups, from the choir of St Michael Cornhill to the a Capella group “The Naturals”.Joseph holds a Licentiate of Trinity College London in classical saxophone, and studies under Simon Haram at the Royal Academy of Music. He is principle saxophonist of the Marylebone Symphonic Wind Orchestra, and a former member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra.

Joe Derry - Bass

 
 Francis is in his third third year of medical school at imperial college London and takes an active role in the musical scene there, singing with the chamber choir and playing viola in the symphony orchestra. He trained at the Royal College of Music junior department for several years and is currently part of the Rodolfus choir.

Francis is in his third third year of medical school at imperial college London and takes an active role in the musical scene there, singing with the chamber choir and playing viola in the symphony orchestra. He trained at the Royal College of Music junior department for several years and is currently part of the Rodolfus choir.

Francis Melville - Tenor

  Simone Jonetsu Ibbett- Brown - Alto   Simone is a freelance mezzo-soprano and director of music theatre, as well as the administrator for the national theatre of new plays, Paines Plough. She currently studies voice with Benjamin Williamson and coach Philip Headlam.   She read Music at the University of York, graduating with a first class BA Hons in 2014. Since then she has sung in the chorus and worked as a stage director with several opera companies including Opéra de Baugé, Hampstead Garden Opera, and Harrow Opera. Previous choral experience includes with Blossom Street; Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead; and as a John Ireland Scholar with Sloane Square Choral Society.  Simone has a passion for music making in a variety of genres and enjoys singing with contemporary music group Vox London Collective and the BBC Folk Award-winning Roundhouse Choir, with whom she has performed with artists such as Jamie Cullum, Camille O'Sullivan and Sam Lee. Simone works with Junior Church & Hannah Reeves as children's Music Co-ordinator   

Simone Jonetsu Ibbett- Brown - Alto

Simone is a freelance mezzo-soprano and director of music theatre, as well as the administrator for the national theatre of new plays, Paines Plough. She currently studies voice with Benjamin Williamson and coach Philip Headlam. 
She read Music at the University of York, graduating with a first class BA Hons in 2014. Since then she has sung in the chorus and worked as a stage director with several opera companies including Opéra de Baugé, Hampstead Garden Opera, and Harrow Opera. Previous choral experience includes with Blossom Street; Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead; and as a John Ireland Scholar with Sloane Square Choral Society.
Simone has a passion for music making in a variety of genres and enjoys singing with contemporary music group Vox London Collective and the BBC Folk Award-winning Roundhouse Choir, with whom she has performed with artists such as Jamie Cullum, Camille O'Sullivan and Sam Lee. Simone works with Junior Church & Hannah Reeves as children's Music Co-ordinator

 

Simone Jonetsu Ibbett- Brown - Alto & Children's Music Co-ordinator


ORGAN SCHOLAR

 Joshua began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Abbey choir school under the direction of James O’Donnell. There he gave many special services, most notably the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Princess Catherine and singing with the Vatican choir at the feast of St Peter and St Paul in St Peters Basilica. During his time as a chorister, Joshua’s passion for the organ grew. Once he began his music scholarship at Harrow school he began taking organ lessons with Martin Singleton and later Stephen Farr. There he took part in several solo performances on the organ and with the school orchestra and choirs including tours to the Far East and South Africa. This exposure to music has given Joshua a great desire to pursue his musical dreams, especially on the organ. After Harrow he began studying the organ at the Royal Academy of Music, he has lessons on the organ by Anne Marsden-Thomas. 

Joshua began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Abbey choir school under the direction of James O’Donnell. There he gave many special services, most notably the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Princess Catherine and singing with the Vatican choir at the feast of St Peter and St Paul in St Peters Basilica. During his time as a chorister, Joshua’s passion for the organ grew. Once he began his music scholarship at Harrow school he began taking organ lessons with Martin Singleton and later Stephen Farr. There he took part in several solo performances on the organ and with the school orchestra and choirs including tours to the Far East and South Africa. This exposure to music has given Joshua a great desire to pursue his musical dreams, especially on the organ. After Harrow he began studying the organ at the Royal Academy of Music, he has lessons on the organ by Anne Marsden-Thomas. 

Joshua Simoes - Organ Scholar