Robert Patterson is delighted to direct Fulham and Hammersmith Choral Society. A passionate choral director, Robert has much experience working with choirs having previously been the director of Rushmoor Choir, The Canterbury Singers and Voces Petrensium. He has also trained many school choirs for concerts, services, tours and festivals. Currently taking conducting lessons with Jonathan Willcocks and singing lessons with Iestyn Morris, Robert is also a highly skilled organist and pianist having held a number of positions at various cathedrals including, Canterbury, Winchester, York, New College Oxford and Hampton Court Palace. From January 2020 he will be Director of Music at Putney High School, whilst also still being Organist at St Etheldreda’s Church in Holborn, an Associated Board examiner and a freelance accompanist. Alongside musical activities, Robert is a keen wine enthusiast having completed three WSET wine courses.
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Tom Fetherstonhaugh is a conductor and instrumentalist, and divides his time between organ, piano and conducting. As a pianist he has recently performed the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, playing live on BBC Radio 3 as part of the project. Upcoming performances include the Oxford Chamber Music Festival and a documentary about violinist George Bridgetower for BBC 4. Alongside his keyboard work, Tom is the founder and conductor of Fantasia Orchestra, a dynamic group of young musicians; they perform a wide range of repertoire with an emphasis on contemporary music. Tom recently graduated with a first in Music from Merton College, Oxford, where he held organ and academic scholarships. He is currently studying orchestral conducting with Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music.