Meet the team who keep the Pinkie magic alive!
Musical Director, Murray Hipkin
Murray studied at York University, the Guildhall and the National Opera Studio before joining the Music Staff of English National Opera where he still somehow manages to hold down his day job as Répétiteur and Assistant Conductor. He has been North London Chorus’s Musical Director since 2003 and took on the Pinkies in 2010 and the ENO Community Choir in 2016. For ENO he has conducted The Mikado, The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Kismet and The Duchess of Malfi. He was Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master on ENO’s Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel, and Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close. This season he will be conducting performances of Carousel with Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins.
Other career highlights include working with Stephen Sondheim on Pacific Overtures (ENO), coaching Björk for two projects, accompanying rehearsals of Wagner’s Ring Cycle (ENO), conducting over 170 performances as Musical Director of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium, working with his cousin, Rufus Norris and Damon Albarn on Dr Dee (ENO), hearing his English translation of Gluck’s Le cinesi performed at the Wigmore Hall and conducting Britten’s War Requiem in Berlin in November 2013(NLC).
Accompanist, John Flinders
John studied at the University of York and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and now has a flourishing career as a soloist, accompanist, coach and teacher. His recordings on the Clarinet Classics label have been acclaimed by BBC Music Magazine, the Sunday Times and Gramophone. In 2014 he featured as piano soloist on the soundtrack of the major ITV series ‘The Great War: The People’s Story’; in 2015 he gave three performances of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, and this year played Mozart’s Piano Concerto K449 at Aberystwyth MusicFest, where he is co-director of the annual Classical Vocal Course.
John joined the Pink Singers in 2011, and has travelled with them to Ireland, Portugal, Iceland and the Netherlands. He performs regularly with orchestras, singers and instrumentalists, accompanies the next generation of British musicians at the Guildhall School’s Junior Department, and teaches piano at two of Britain’s top schools.
Artistic Director, Simon Harrison
Simon originally trained as an actor at LAMDA and worked extensively in film, TV and theatre until that cruel mistress called Showbiz chewed him up and spat him out – at which point he retrained as a psychotherapist.
If you want to see the traces of his glittering career you can catch him, age 13, in ‘The Wind and The Lion’ with Sean Connery, or in ITV’s ‘Surgical Spirit’, or playing a lot of doctors in various TV drama series. Fortunately no record of his theatre career remains but he played ridiculously tiny parts at the Bristol Old Vic, Royal Exchange Manchester, Old Vic London and Open Air Theatre Regents Park (Osric in Hamlet anyone?).
He is mad passionate keen about the Pink Singers and has been known to weep copiously and speak in tongues during choir rehearsals. He is proud to be married to one of the basses – Philip – for over 25 years.
And here’s the rest of the Artistic ‘A-team’:
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