Gordon lives near York and trained as a specialist secondary music teacher. He taught in secondary, middle and primary schools before becoming Head of Vocal Studies for a Local Education Authority. He was a specialist singing examiner for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Gordon became a Senior Adviser for Performing Arts for a Local Education Authority and was an Ofsted Inspector for Schools.
He retired from full time employment in 2011 and now teaches privately, adjudicates and examines for the London College of Music, University of West London.
As a postgraduate he studied singing with Lilian Stiles-Allen who was one of the original soloists in Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music (Stiles-Allen was the singing teacher of Julie Andrews)
Gordon holds the following degrees and diplomas, BA, MA, PhD, FLCM, LTCL, ARCM. He is a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Royal Society of Arts.
Gordon has over 40 years teaching experience and has had students study at all the major music conservatories in the UK with several being awarded entrance scholarships. Some former students have had successful careers performing with various opera companies and in Musical Theatre.
Jenny was a Scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music and won many prizes whilst there, including The Benjeman J. Dale Award and The Ernest Butcher Prize for Singing. She also won The Great Grimsby International Singers Competition, which gained her the Alec Redshaw Memorial Award.
Jenny has worked as a soloist with many distinguished conductors and orchestras, including Sir David Willcocks and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lazslo Heltay and the B.B.C. Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Neville Marriner and The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Ian Watson and the Mozart Festival Orchestra in the National Tour of Four Seasons by Candlelight. Jenny has been lucky enough to perform, as a soloist, at many wonderful concert venues. These include the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, The Bridgewater Halls, Manchester, The Barbican, Birmingham Symphony Hall and St. John’s, Smith Square. She made her Covent Garden Opera House debut as 2nd Woman in The English Bach Festival Trust’s performance of Dido and Aeneas.
Her international singing career has taken her to Japan, Norway, Brazil, America, Germany, Spain and France. Jenny now combines her singing career with being a singing teacher at The Loughborough Schools Foundation and is the singing tutor at Loughborough University.
She has been an Examiner for the London College of Music for 5 years and is lucky enough to tour the country extensively examining and is looking forward to adjudicating the LSA Festival and hearing some wonderful music making.
Catriona Clark – soprano
Catriona graduated with distinction from both the RCM and the RSAMD. Alongside her teaching career, Catriona’s operatic and concert work has taken her thoughout the world performing roles such as Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Cio Cio San (Madame Butterfly), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Euridice (Orphee aux Enfers), Mimi/Musetta (La Boheme), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Frasquita/Micaela (Carmen), Pamina/Papagena (Die Zauberflote) and the title role in Handel’s Semele.
Having performed with major companies including the Royal Opera House, Opera North, Diva Opera and London Festival Opera, Catriona’s highlights include Adele in Die Fledermaus alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, Alfie Boe and Bryn Terfel in the Royal Albert Hall and opera gala performances for the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family. Performances in 2014 include Cio Cio San (Madame Butterfly), Mimi (La Boheme),Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and concert work in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Italy and Poland.