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Tom Herring

Artistic Director &
general manager

E: tom[@]sansarachoir
T: +44 (0)7871 502 244
Tw: @TomFHerring

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Tom is a professional singer and conductor based in London. He graduated with a First from Oxford University in 2016 where he read Music, focusing on performance and a dissertation on heavy metal. Tom enjoys both choral and solo singing and has performed with several world-renowned vocal ensembles including Tenebrae, Contrapunctus and Vox Luminis. Outside music Tom is a keen photographer, traveller and food lover.

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ben cunningham

co-Artistic Director

E: ben[@]sansarachoir
T: +44 (0)7590 482 766
Tw: @bhgcunningham

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Ben is currently Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey where he regularly plays for and conducts the world-famous Abbey Choir. Ben spent his gap year as Organ Scholar at Chichester Cathedral before going to Oxford to be Organ Scholar at Worcester College, from where he graduated with a First in 2016. In September 2018, Ben is moving to Winchester College to be Assistant Director of Chapel Music. When not playing the organ, Ben is an avid watcher of Friends.

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FIONA FRASER
Education Manager

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Fiona is a freelance soprano and Artist in Residence for Ark Music’s outreach programme in London. She studied Social Anthropology at St Andrews University before going on to complete an MMus in Choral Studies at Jesus College, Cambridge. During this time she was a Choral Scholar with Trinity College Chapel Choir. Alongside Sansara, Fiona now sings in some of the UK’s finest professional vocal ensembles, including Tenebrae, The Erebus Ensemble and Alamire.

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JACK BUTTERWORTH
Finance Manager

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Jack is a founding member of Sansara who now works as a project manager at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. During weekdays, he is responsible for the operations and financial management of a portfolio of research grants, and brings that experience to Sansara by leading on the group’s finances and business activities. He has a Double First in Music from Trinity College, Cambridge, and when not at work sings baritone, plays the organ and spends hours watching cricket matches.

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OLIVIA WILLIAMS
Concerts Manager &
Friends Coordinator

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Olivia has recently finished a degree in French and Portuguese at Oxford University, where research on the formation of national literatures in Cape Verde and Martinique and a six-month stint in Brazil acted as an natural springboard into choral music. Organising her first fundraising gala aged 9, Olivia has worked as an Administrator on Eton Choral Courses since 2014. Outside of the office, Olivia is also the vocalist in her own jazz-electronic quintet Wandering Wires.


associate composers

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Marco is a composer based in London, whose compositions are published with Edition Peters. Marco’s compositions have been commissioned by organisations such as the Genesis Foundation, Royal Philharmonic Society, the Edington Festival, and have been performed by ensembles such as The Sixteen, Siglo de Oro, Icosa, and CHROMA. His first chamber opera, Rothschild’s Violin, led David Threasher from the Oxford Culture Review to describe Marco as ‘a compositional voice of genuine promise’.


Artistic Patron

In 2016, Sansara welcomed Peter Phillips, founder and director of The Tallis Scholars, as our Artistic Patron. Peter has since supported the choir with his wealth of knowledge of the choral repertoire and performance experience.


board 

david hurley (chair)
Sarah Hard
Fiona Bell

Rebecca Cunningham, Secretary to the Trustees


Creative partners

VIDEOGRAPHY - Jonathan Coates

PHOTOGRAPHY - Theo Williams