Artistic Director – Naveen Arles
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Nav started playing the piano at the age of 6. Trained at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, he has studied under Murray McLachlan and Richard Beauchamp. He moved on to musically directing shows, running his own production company and conducting and working with choirs. Between Edinburgh and London, working with nationally recognised writers and directors he has gained 4 and 5 star reviews. Nav currently works extensively in community music both as a tutor at the Mary Ward Centre with several daytime access classes for centres around Camden and through music workshops for Sanctuary Voices which he co-founded in order to deliver music and theatre workshops to refugee and asylum seekers. Project based work has seen Nav work with national organisations like ‘Music For Youth’ delivering vocal workshops as part of their Out of Essex project. At no point is Nav satisfied with just repeating habits and his drive to improve has seen Voicelab (Southbank) sponsor him over three years to undertake the CME Professional Development certificates, workshopping and training with the world-renowned Dr Doreen Rao. He is proud and honoured to work for the growth of LYGC.
Nav directs both North and West rehearsals for the choir.
Pianist and Assist MD – Adam Gray
Adam Gray studied jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in music. He is the organist at Harecourt United Reformed Church in Islington, and plays regularly in London on piano, organ and melodica (and occasionally keytar). A self-professed gospel music nut, he has worked with several London gospel artists, including at the vigil for the Pope in Hyde Park in 2011. When not performing Adam is the force behind London music night and media business Get Lifted which was awarded the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise in 2013.
Assistant MD – Matt Bain
Matt Bain read music at Christ Church, Oxford where he graduated with a First Class Honours degree in music in 2007, and a Masters in Musicology with distinction in 2008. He went on to study violin performance with Dona Lee Croft at The Royal College of Music, where he won the Lucy Ann Jones and Knights of the Round Table scholarships. A freelance professional since graduating, Matt was principal second violin with the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2011-2012, and has played with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, his musical ventures having taken him as far as Oman, Moscow, Serbia, Armenia and the United States. He has performed alongside such distinguished musical and non-musical celebrities as Itzak Perlman, Lang Lang, Andrea Bocelli, Cat Stevens, Tom Jones, Moira Stewart and Barbara Windsor. Matt is also committed to education work and teaches children across London, while conducting the Tri-Borough String Orchestra of Hammersmith, Kensington and Westminster. Matt relishes the opportunities LYGC has afforded him to expand his vocal prowess since joining the choir four years ago. He especially enjoys exploring the soul, funk and contemporary gospel repertoire.
Guest Vocal Workshop Leader – Tori Longdon
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Tori Longdon is one of London’s up-and-coming young choral directors having just been accepted onto the Royal Academy’s MA in conducting. She studied conducting as part of her undergrad at Durham University, and since graduating has been shortlisted for the Joyful Company of Singers’ conducting fellowship under Peter Broadbent and taken up several posts both in London and the Midlands. She now directs the Diocese of Lincoln Ladies’ Choir, Lincoln University Choir, and the military wives of RAF Scampton, and works on the musical team for the National Youth Training Choir and the London Youth Choir. Most recently, Tori has taken on the project management and musical direction of Ermine Sings! a lottery funded network designed to give better training and opportunities to one of the top 5% most deprived parishes in the country. She loves the vibrancy and passion of Gospel music and can’t wait for the exciting times ahead with LYGC.