Staff Accompanists

In addition to the tutors listed, our team of staff coaches and accompanists also include:

Conal Bembridge-Sayers

Conal is currently a staff accompanist and vocal coach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, staff accompanist and academic tutor at the Junior Conservatoire (RWCMD), official accompanist for the Gregynog Young Musician Competition, official accompanist for the Urdd and National Eisteddfodau, and principle accompanist for the Bath Choral Society.

Recital performances have taken Conal to the Ludlow English Song Festival, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, Tenby Arts Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Oundle International Music Festival, St. Martin’s in the Field, the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, and St. David’s Hall, in addition to concerts for HRH Prince of Wales, Dame Shirley Bassey, and performances of The Bear at William Walton’s estate, La Mortella.

An experienced répétiteur, conductor, and chorus master, Conal also works ad hoc at Welsh National Opera, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Sinfonia Cymru, amongst others. Concerto appearances include Richard Rodney Bennett’s Party Piece with the RWCMD Junior Symphony Orchestra, and Shostakovich’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Cambrian Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Welsh Premiere of Edward Gregson’s Concertante for Piano and Brass Band conducted by the world-renowned Dr Robert Childs, with future performances of the work and a CD recording planned.

Berrak Dyer

Berrak Dyer studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then went on to study at the Solti Academy and the National Opera Studio.

Berrak has travelled widely throughout Europe and the UK taking part in competitions and giving concerts. She has worked as staff accompanist at Oxenfoord International Summer School since 2016. Berrak was the Musical Director for Pop Up Opera (2014-2018) and works as a repetiteur at Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, Welsh National Opera and The Royal Opera House. This year she conducts Robin Hood with the Opera Story, works as a répétiteur on Phaedra at the Royal Opera House and joins Buxton Festival Opera on Eugene Onegin.

Ewan Gilford

Ewan currently holds a full-time post at Northern Ballet, playing for rehearsals, ballet classes and tour performances.  He acts as Musical Director for the touring ballets for young audiences, including recent touring to the United Arab Emirates.

He trained at Leeds College of Music, where he gained an enthusiasm for vocal accompaniment and Opera.  He was accepted onto a Répétiteur Masters programme at The Royal Northern College of Music, sponsored by the Oglesby Charitable Trust and whilst studying, received the RNCM Schubert Prize and RNCM Lieder Prize.  Ewan was later invited back as RNCM Sir John Fisher Foundation Répétiteur Junior Fellow, acting as répétiteur for the college’s award winning production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He occasionally returns as a staff pianist within the RNCM Vocal department.

Ewan is in demand as a vocal accompanist and opera répétiteur.  Concert venues include The Leeds Town Hall and The Holywell Room, Oxford.  Ewan has worked as a répétiteur for Opera North and as an accompanist for the Hallé Youth Choirs and Orchestra and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir, as well as enjoying Outreach projects with companies including Opera North Education, Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now, Leeds Lieder Festival and Leeds International Piano Competition.

Ewan acted as founding Musical Director for Sheffield based opera company, Opera On Location, including performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Bohemé, Eugene Onegin and Tosca.  He has most recently acted as Musical Director for Manchester Opera Ensemble’s productions of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement

Margaret Marinkovic

Margaret Marinkovic studied piano and cello prior to accompaniment at GSMD with Paul Hamburger and Peter Gellhorn. As a student, she participated in masterclasses with Hugues Cuenod, Geoffrey Parsons, and Roger Vignoles.

Margaret has coached, répétiteured and performed worldwide, and has been fortunate to work with Peter Pears, Richard Bonynge, Laura Sarti, Janis Kelly, Marianne Cornetti and Nelly Miricioiu.

Keval Shah

Praised by The Observer for his ‘exceptional… deft and responsive’ playing, the young British-Indian pianist Keval Shah performs extensively as a song accompanist and chamber musician. He has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and St John’s, Smith Square, as well as appearing at leading European festivals including the Aldeburgh, Leeds Lieder, and Oxford Lieder festivals, and at the Heidelberger Frühling.

Recent competition successes include winning the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform in 2017, the pianist’s prize at the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers’ Competition, and the 2018 Vivian Langrish Memorial Trust Prize. 

Highlights of the current season include an ongoing project to perform the complete songs of Hugo Wolf, as well as a residency at Burgh House, Hampstead, and return visits to the Wigmore Hall and the Oxford Lieder Festival.

Keval studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating from both institutions with distinction, and from the Academy with the prestigious DipRAM in 2017. He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and is grateful for the support of the Viola Tunnard Trust and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Keval’s teachers have included Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau, Audrey Hyland and Tessa Nicholson.

Leanne Singh-Levett

Leanne Singh-Levett has wide experience in vocal repertoire including art song, opera and choral accompaniment. She played for soprano Mary Bevan in Cadogan Hall in 2017 and has also appeared in concert with Lauren Fagan, David Butt-Philip, Gareth Brynmor John, Jeremy White, Marcus Farnsworth and Julien van Mellaerts. Leanne performed in Wigmore Hall in 2018, accompanying rising stars of the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and has previously played in the Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall.

Leanne plays for the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera, and for the Royal College of Music Vocal & Opera Department, where she has extensive experience accompanying song classes, language coachings and opera scenes. She has worked on a number of RCM productions conducted by Michael Rosewell and was Chorus Master for the 2018 production of Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Sir Thomas Allen. In 2019 she will be working for the RCM production of Offenbach’s Robinson Crusoé, as both Chorus Master and répétiteur.

She regularly accompanies Kingston Choral Society and the Imperial Male Voice Choir as well as choirs of the John Lewis Partnership. Leanne has also appeared twice in concert with chamber choir Londinium and has accompanied Dulwich Choral Society conducted by Aidan Oliver. Since 2015 she has been a staff pianist at Oxenfoord International Summer School directed by Malcolm Martineau.

Clare Sutherland

Clare Sutherland has considerable experience as a performer on both piano and harpsichord, in styles ranging from baroque to cabaret. She has taught at the Early Music Centre in London, Napier University, The Purcell School and now teaches at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Clare has been an examiner and mentor for the Associated Board and freelances widely across the UK and abroad. She has performed in all the major London venues and throughout Europe, most recently touring Italy, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Alice Turner

Alice Turner – pianist

Alice performs regularly across the UK and on BBC Radio 3, partnering artists including soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, tenor Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson and baritone Viktor Korotich, with concerts at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, The Sage, Gateshead, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, and the Purcell Room and St Martin in the Fields, London.

As a répétiteur she has worked for English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Opera Holland Park, Grange Park Opera, English Touring Opera, Mid-Wales Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Buxton Festival Opera and as music director, she directed the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s For a Look or a Touch with baritone Duncan Rock.

Chad Vindin

Chad Vindin won the accompanist prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Accompanist Prize at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Accompanist’s Prize at the Wigmore Hall.

Born in Australia, Chad first studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before moving to London. He now maintains a full workload as a staff pianist and vocal coach at both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, London, and performs regularly across the UK and internationally.

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