Conductor - Sebastian Valentine
Sebastian Valentine, the founder and musical director of Teddington Chamber Choir, was born in Bristol and studied at the Royal College of Music, gaining his BMus in singing in 2005. Since then he has enjoyed a varied career as a singer and conductor, which has seen him perform across Europe and the United States.
He is a versatile singer, having sung roles in Verdi, Mozart and Gilbert and Sullivan as well as musicals. He has performed as a soloist for many choral societies across the UK, even on occasion singing the bass solos while conducting a concert.
Sebastian began conducting in 2004 and founded the Hyde Park Chamber Orchestra. He has since conducted orchestral concerts, operas and vocal music, including Handel's Julius Caesar and Britten's Noye's Fludde. Continuing with his track record of setting up musical groups from scratch, Sebastian recently founded the Blue Light Symphony Orchestra - the only UK orchestra made up entirely of emergency service personnel.
Accompanist - Sean Frost
Born in Winchester in 1997, Sean began studying piano when he was seven. At the
age of nine he moved to Salisbury and joined the Salisbury Cathedral Choir, directed by David Halls. During this time he developed his pianist skills further whilst also taking lessons on the organ. He was allowed to play the cathedral organ at several services while still a chorister.
Sean won a specialist music scholarship to Wells Cathedral School where he studied piano with Hilary Coates. He participated annually in the Mid-Somerset festival in Bath, winning the 20th Century class in 2015 with his performance of Ligeti’s 5th Etude. Sean also won an award for achieving the highest mark in ABRSM Grade 8 Piano in the South West of England in 2013. He was junior organ scholar at Wells Cathedral from 2014-15 and took his Organ Diploma in 2016.
Aside from his classical playing, Sean hosts a YouTube channel where he uploads his own arrangements of film scores and pop songs. As of late 2018 the channel has had over 1.5 million cumulative views since its inception in 2012. The most popular video is an arrangement of songs from the film La La Land, which featured in a Classic FM article in March 2017 highlighting the best La La Land covers.
Sean has received masterclasses from a number of prominent figures including Christopher Elton and Joanna MacGregor. Currently he is in his third year of studying music at King's College London, where he receives lessons at the Royal Academy of Music with Chiyan Wong.