About Whitehall Choir
The Whitehall Choir is one of London’s leading amateur choirs. It has a varied repertoire including challenging unaccompanied pieces as well as larger choral works, and looks to present a selection of more rarely performed pieces alongside favourite classics. The Choir performs regularly at major central London concert venues, alongside professional orchestras and soloists, and has an extensive repertoire from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. There is a list of our recent concerts here.
Joanna Tomlinson – Musical Director
Joanna Tomlinson became Music Director of the Whitehall Choir in September 2017, taking over from Paul Spicer.
Joanna is the Music Director of Constanza Chorus and Chamber Choir, the internationally renowned Farnham Youth Choirs and the choirs at Reading University. She is Associate Director of East London Chorus. She is also on the tutor panel for the Association of British Choral Directors.
In demand as a workshop leader, recent workshops include sessions for UK Choir Festival, ABCD, London Choral Conducting Masterclasses, and the Gabrieli Consort “Roar” and Philharmonia Orchestra education schemes.
Joanna has studied conducting with Neil Ferris and Peter Hanke, and at the Sherborne Summer School under George Hurst. She has participated in masterclasses with Paul Brough, Patrick Russill, Peter Broadbent, Michael Reif and John Dickson. She studied singing at the Royal College of Music, where she gained the post-graduate diploma in singing with Distinction. She has appeared as soprano soloist in much of the core oratorio repertoire. As a choral singer, Joanna works with BBC Singers, Philharmonia Voices, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Gabrieli Consort and Sonoro.
Joanna teaches singing and conducting. She has taught at Bedales School, Trinity Laban Junior Department and Royal College of Music Junior Department and worked as vocal coach to the Polish National Youth Choir.
To view Joanna’s biography, please click here .
Ian Tindale – Accompanist
Ian Tindale is a graduate of Royal College of Music (RCM), having gained a Distinction on the Master of Performance course in Piano Accompaniment, studying with Simon Lepper, John Blakely and Roger Vignoles. Subsequently Ian was the Lord and Lady Lurgan Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the RCM. Prior to his studies in London, Ian read Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he was also Organ Scholar. He graduated with a double First in 2011, receiving the Tony Bland Prize for academic achievement, the Williamson Prize for performance and the Brian Runnett Prize for organ.
Since leaving the RCM, Ian was awarded the Royal Overseas League Music Competition Accompanist’s Prize and the Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in April 2015, following performances on both occasions with soprano Soraya Mafi. Previously Ian had been named winner of the Gerald Moore Award, the Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize (Maggie Teyte Competition), and the Association of English Singers and Speakers Accompanist’s Prize (Courtney Kenny Competition). He has performed at venues across London including recitals and masterclasses at Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall, as well as concerts at the Oxford Lieder Festival and Buxton Festival and further afield in Scotland, Paris, Corfu and Malta. Ian is also a Samling Artist and a Britten-Pears Young Artist.
As a répétiteur Ian has worked with British Youth Opera (The Bartered Bride, 2012), Cambridge Handel Opera (Atalanta, 2013), Ryedale Festival Opera (The Coronation of Poppea, 2014) and Samling Academy Opera (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, 2015). As an orchestral pianist Ian has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on BBC Radio 3 and at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Ian is the grateful recipient of support from the Leonard Hancock Memorial Trust.
In Spring 2016, the Choir went on tour to Vienna, performing in the Votive Church in Vienna, and in the town of Krems.
Over the years, the Choir has made a number of other visits both abroad and in the UK including to Toulouse, France and to Riga, Latvia.
Other Musical Activities
Over the past few years, the Choir has recorded three CDs, one of rarely heard Christmas music, one of Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor and Paul Spicer’s The Deciduous Cross, and a third in 2014 of music suitable for passiontide to Ascension. Read more
Other performances and workshops
Since November 2006, the Choir has hosted Come & Sing events, originally and most latterly at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Narbonne Ave, Clapham, SW4. In between we visited St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, where in 2012 we hosted it with the Whitehall Orchestra, exploring the Brahms Requiem; returning in May 2013, we focussed on the Verdi Requiem when the mezzo soloist was Anna Harvey, then a student at the Royal Academy of Music, who stopped us in our tracks with her heart-wrenching voice. (Anna, now an international opera singer, was also the mezzo soloist in the choir’s 2013 performance of the Bach B minor Mass at St John’s Smith Square and 2014 recording, Ascendit.)
In addition to these informal events, the Choir organises day-long workshops, which provide an opportunity both to work on vocal technique and to enjoy some time together over lunch.
Anyone interested in the history of the Choir can read more about it in the archive.