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Tom Herring

Artistic director
& general manager

Co-founder of Sansara, Tom is a bass-baritone and conductor based in London. He is a graduate and former Choral Scholar of Merton College, Oxford, where he attained a First in Music. A frequent soloist in large-scale choral works and oratorios, Tom is the bass soloist on the 2015 recording of Oliver Tarney’s Magnificat (Convivium Records) and performed at the London première at Cadogan Hall. Operatic roles include Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas and Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia. Tom is a passionate Lieder singer and performed Schubert's Winterreise whilst at Oxford and has since worked for the Oxford Lieder Festival. Tom is also in demand as a consort singer. He is a former Chairman of Schola Cantorum of Oxford, the university's elite chamber choir,  during which time he was responsible for the day-to-day administration of the choir.

Tom studies singing with Alex Ashworth at the Royal Academy of Music and has participated in masterclasses with Ian Partridge, Ann Murray, and Jane Glover among others.

When not singing or conducting, Tom enjoys travelling, photography and food.

 

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Jack Butterworth

executive administrator
& Finance manager

As Executive Administrator, Jack is responsible for the group’s operations, finances and support network.

An alumnus of Trinity College, Cambridge (from where he graduated with a Double First in Music), Jack was for three years a member of the college's choir, under the directorship of Stephen Layton. While at Cambridge, he combined his academic studies with the Presidency of Trinity College's Music Society, where he had organisational and artistic responsibility for a programme of around 50 concerts per year.

He is currently Acting Director of Music at St Andrew’s, Cherry Hinton, and when not making music works as a research project administrator at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Jack also spent a year as an English teacher in Bogotá, Colombia - where, on a long bus journey with Tom, the idea for Sansara was first conceived.

 

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Benjamin Cunningham

Conductor

Benjamin Cunningham is currently Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey. Prior to this, he held the Organ Scholarship at Worcester College, Oxford whilst reading for a degree in Music. At Worcester, he accompanied and directed the choirs and, in conjunction with the Director of Music, was responsible for the training of the boy choristers and probationers. He also accompanied the choirs on their regular tours and CD recordings.

During his gap-year, Ben was Organ Scholar at Chichester Cathedral, playing, conducting and singing in services. Ben has given a number of recitals, most notably at Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's, Chichester and Bristol Cathedrals, Reading Town Hall, and at Merton, The Queen's, Exeter, and Keble Colleges in Oxford. He is a prize-winning  Associate of the Royal College of Organists and is currently being taught by William Whitehead, having previously been taught by Malcolm Archer and Sarah Baldock.

 

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Meghan Quinlan

Associate Conductor

Meghan grew up singing in the internationally acclaimed Hamilton Children’s Choir (Canada), conducted by Zimfira Poloz of Kazakhstan, and later became the co-conductor of the choir’s youth ensemble. With the support of a Grant for Professional Musicians from the Canada Council for the Arts, she studied conducting in Oslo, Norway, and later returned to Oslo to work as the artistic director of the chamber choir Canticum. She has appeared as a conductor on Canadian national television and led choral workshops in Estonia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Poland. Her choral arrangements have been performed as far afield as Korea, France, Norway, and the National ACDA convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Since moving to Oxford, she has been writing a doctoral dissertation on medieval song, an extension of her interests in literature, medieval studies, and song traditions. She is a former singer and Conducting Scholar of Schola Cantorum of Oxford and is the 2016-17 recipient of the Belle Shenkman Award for the Study of Arts. She currently conducts the choir of Wolfson College, Oxford.

 

Marco Galvani

Associate Composer

Marco Galvani is a composer based in London, studying with David Sawer. He studied for three years with Emily Howard at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and subsequently with Professor Robert Saxton at the University of Oxford. Marco’s choral and instrumental works have been performed throughout the UK, Europe, and North America.

Marco’s compositions have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by a variety of choirs. In 2015, Marco received the Schellhorn Prize for Contemporary Choral Composition for his piece Ecce Quam Bonum. His commission Tantum Ergo was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from the Edington Festival, and has been subsequently published by Edition Peters.  Et Vidi Angelum was recorded by The Queen's College Chapel Choir as part of their CD, A New Heaven. In early 2016 his choral composition Gethsemane was workshopped by the BBC Singers.

Exploring a variety of instrumental combinations, Marco has received a number of commissions for ensembles and orchestras. While a composer with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Marco's instrumental compositions were performed at Sage, Gateshead, Tate Modern, and Royal Festival Hall in London. His work for the Oxford University String Ensemble, After the Rain, was performed in Christ Church Cathedral in 2015, and subsequent instrumental works include Unearthed, commissioned by Oxford’s Consortium Novum, as well as Pro/Contra for solo piano, composed for the pianist Matthew Schellhorn. In 2016 his first Chamber Opera, Rothschild's Violin was performed by New Chamber Opera, leading David Threasher from Gramophone to describe Marco as ‘a compositional voice of genuine promise’.

 

Oliver Tarney

Associate Composer

Oliver Tarney was born (1984) and educated in Lancaster, moving on to read music at Manchester University. After completing a Master’s degree in composition with Camden Reeves, he moved into teaching and is currently head of Composition and Singing at Winchester College in Hampshire. He sings with the College Chapel Choir, Winchester Cathedral Choir, and with Serafine Chamber Choir. He also keeps up a busy schedule as a choral director and composer. Oliver now specialises in choral writing and has recently written works for many groups including the St Endellion Easter Festival chorus. A recording made by Serafine Chamber Choir and Sinfonia of his 2014 Maginificat is now available on the Convivium Records label. It was recently described as ‘sublime music [that] grabs your attention and takes you on a profound and beautiful spiritual journey in sound’ (Will Todd).