Artistic Director, David Baxter

This is David’s 8th year with the Pink Singer and is delighted to be returning as Artistic Director in 2019. As Artistic Director, David has previously directed two Pink Singers concerts, ‘By Special Arrangement’ and ‘One Night Only. David studied Drama at Aberystwyth University where he starred in numerous productions including; Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, 4.48 Psychosis and The Woman in Black.

He continued his studies with a Masters Degree at the Birmingham School of Acting (BSA). During his time at BSA he played Troilus in Troilus and Cressida and was shortlisted for the Sam Wanamaker Festival and also performed in an MA showcase at St Martin’s Theatre.

Performing highlights include Les Miserables, The Boyfriend and The Winter’s Tale. David also took part in the Pendley Manor Festival performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth over a three week period. During his time both at University and Drama School, David really enjoyed the singing/voice modules as part of his course lead by Joan Mills and Louise Shephard which led him to auditioning for the Pink Singers back in 2011.

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’ and in 2015 he gave three performances of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto.

Other recent performances have included Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto K449 at Aberystwyth MusicFest, where he is co-director of the annual Classical Vocal Course.

John Flinders

John joined the Pink Singers in 2011, and has travelled with them to Iceland, India, Ireland, Portugal and the Netherlands. He performs regularly with singers and instrumentalists, coaches the next generation of British musicians at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is a teacher and accompanist at St Paul’s Girls’ School.

Musical Director, Murray Hipkin

Murray studied at York University, the Guildhall and the National Opera Studio before joining English National Opera where he still somehow manages to hold down his day job on the full-time Music Staff. He has been North London Chorus’s Musical Director since 2003, took on the Pinkies in 2010 and is currently leading the ENO Community Choir.

Career highlights include working with Stephen Sondheim on Pacific Overtures (ENO), working with Björk on two classical 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, hearing his English translation of Gluck’s Le cinesi performed at the Wigmore Hall, conducting Britten’s War Requiem in Berlin in November 2013 (NLC) and acting as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master on ENO’s recent musicals including Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel, and Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close.

Murray Hipkin

For ENO he has conducted The MikadoThe GondoliersThe Pirates of Penzance and Kismet. In Spring 2017 he conducted performances of Carousel with Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe, last May he conducted performances of Chess with Alexandra Burke, Cassidy Janson, Tim Howar and Michael Ball and last month he conducted nine performances of Man of la Mancha with Kelsey Grammer. Recent and future ENO projects include: The Turn of the Screw and Handel and Gretel at Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Paul Bunyan at Wiltons Music Hall, Noye’s Fludde at Theatre Royal Stratford East, and War RequiemAkhnaten and Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel at the Coliseum.