Brian Kay (conductor) with the English Festival Orchestra at Messiah from Scratch

Our conductors and soloists

Read more about the conductors and instrumentalists who work regularly with The Really Big Chorus. Links to information about our vocal and instrumental soloists can be found under the relevant concert.


Brian Kay
Brian Kay has been Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus since 2010, having stepped into the voluminous shoes of the late Sir David Willcocks. In this capacity   . . . read more

Gavin Carr
Gavin Carr has established a reputation as one of the UK’s leading choral conductors, and has been Chorus Director of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus since 2008. He has   . . . read more

Bob Chilcott
Described by the Observer newspaper as ‘a contemporary hero of British choral music’, Bob Chilcott has always been immersed in the choral tradition of his country. He sang    . . . read more

Jeremy Jackman
Jeremy Jackman is a conductor, choir-trainer and workshop leader renowned for his inspirational interpretations and performances. Given his early musical influences, he was always   . . . read more

Ben Parry
Ben Parry studied Music and History of Art at Cambridge, singing in King’s College Choir, whilst also performing in musicals, G&S and jazz cabaret. In the late 1980s he joined  . . . read more

Manvinder Rattan
Manvinder Rattan is a Choral and Orchestral conductor and trainer of conductors and has been Musical Director of the John Lewis Partnership Music Society since 1995. Having  . . . read more


Christopher Finch
Christopher Finch is an acclaimed conductor, accompanist and vocal coach. He rose to national prominence in 2010 when he led the Wellensian Consort to the title of BBC  . . .  read more

Maria Marchant
The award-winning British pianist/conductor Maria Marchant performs frequently for numerous festivals, music societies and at leading venues in the UK and abroad  . . .  read more

Andrew Parnell
Following a 25-year career centred on St Albans Cathedral, Andrew Parnell has, since 2001, enjoyed a freelance life as conductor, organist, and composer. As an organist, Andrew  . . . read more

Jane Watts
‘Seldom do you hear an instrumentalist so confident and capable as Jane Watts: she demonstrated total self-possession, in addition to ample musical knowledge’ – so wrote  . . . read more


The English Festival Orchestra was formed in 1984 with the intention of providing a high-quality professional orchestra for major choirs and choral societies both in . . . read more