James Thorpe - Musical Director
Born in Northamptonshire, James Thorpe began his musical career as a boy chorister at Lichfield Cathedral. After spending five years as a music scholar at Bedford School, he won a place at the Royal College of Music in London, studying the clarinet with leading British performer Janet Hilton. During his four-year degree course, he performed as a soloist and member of orchestras and choirs as well as participating in masterclasses and workshops with a variety of internationally-renowned musicians including David Campbell (clarinet) and Sir David Willcocks.
While completing his degree, James took an active interest in teaching and, upon graduation, accepted the first of his teaching posts: Director of Music at Cameron House School in Chelsea. Following a successful number of years leading music at this school, he undertook his PGCE in Primary Teaching before moving up to the Midlands, teaching at two schools in and around Stafford.
James is currently Director of Music at The Old Hall School in Wellington, a position he combines with directing Wrekin and Telford Singers and singing and playing with a variety of other local musical groups. He also teaches private lessons in clarinet, singing and piano.
Nykkö-Mickaël Grégoire - Accompanist
Nykkö studied at the conservatoire in Angouleme on the organ with Frederic Ledroit, and the piano with Brigitte Bouthinon-Dumas. He later moved to the conservatoire of Bordeaux in 1997 where he studied organ with Francois Espinasse and Christian Mouyen, harmony and composition with Claude Bass, harpsichord with Martine Chappuis and the 'Ondes Martenot' with Dominique Kim. He obtained his Diploma in Music in 2002 and his Teaching Diploma in 2005.
Nykkö worked extensively as a teacher and an accompanist for choirs, soloists and instrumentalists, but was still eager to continue learning and further studied piano with Sarah Cohen and Yannick Fournier, composition with Claude Bass and singing with Igor Benoit.
In summer 2009 Nykkö moved to England, and currently lives in Telford.