John Hargreaves conductor
John Hargreaves is a freelance conductor, music director and percussionist based in SE London. He read music at York University with further studies at University of London (Goldsmith’s), London College of Music and Kneller Hall. John studied conducting with Professor Rob Wiffin, Denise Ham, and George Hurst at the Sherborne Conducting course. He has a Masters degree in Conducting and Orchestration. John has a wide repertoire covering choral, opera, wind band, orchestral and musical theatre.
John is currently principal conductor of the Lewisham Concert Band, and a regular musical director for West Wickham Operatic Society, with whom he has conducted 19 productions at the Churchill Theatre, and the Petts Wood Operatic Society. Other conducting engagements include Crystal Palace Brass Band, XBY Concert Band, Big Swing Big Band, and other musical theatre companies. John has conducted the National Festival Orchestra on a number of occasions, at the Buxton Opera House, and The Royal Hall Harrogate for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. He was awarded The Arthur Sullivan Cup for Best Musical Director in 2014, and runner up prize in 2012. He is back there this year with a production of The Sorcerer.
John studied percussion on a scholarship with Graham Johns (RLPO), and still plays regularly. As a percussionist he performs with XBY Concert Band in National and International competitions, including the World Music Contest (2001, 2005, 2013, 2017). Previous engagements have included Oxford University Chamber Orchestra, including a Classic FM broadcast with Nigel Kennedy from Milton Keynes Bowl. As a jazz/big band/rock drummer, John has led bands at 100 club, Brecon Jazz festival, Festival Hall, Fairfield Halls, Guilfest, and the London gig circuit. He is a regular player with Trans Siberian March Band with whom he played Wilderness and Boomtown Festivals in 2015.
John is Director of Music at Woldingham School where he conducts the award winning chamber choir and chamber orchestra, including services at Westminster Cathedral and various venues in Europe. Recent repertoire with the choirs: Dido & Aeneas (full production), Rejoice in the Lamb, Ceremony of Psalms, Stabat Mater, Stroope, Vaughan Williams, Michael Head, Mendelssohn.
Anthony Zerpa-Falcon pianist
Encouraged by a prize in the BBC Young Musician of the Year finals, Anthony took up a place at the Guildhall School of Music with a full scholarship in the class of Joan Havill. After winning all the major prizes for keyboard, and graduating with the rarely awarded ‘Premier Prix’, he entered his first international piano competition, winning the third prize at the Maria Canals competition in Barcelona. After further success at competitions in Milan and Madrid, he accepted an offer to study at the International Piano Foundation in Como, Northern Italy where for two years he received tuition and guidance from luminaries of the piano such as Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Marta Argerich, Karl Schnabel and Alicia de Larrocha.
Anthony was the first prize winner of the Making Music Young Artists award, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Myra Hess prize. Winning these prizes gave him the opportunity to perform more than fifty concerts across the UK, including concerti with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Oxford Symphony Orchestra as well as recitals at the South Bank centre, Wigmore Hall and Sheldonian Theatre.
After relocating to Madrid, Anthony won the second prize and special prize for Spanish Music at the Fundación Guerrero International music competition which gave him performance opportunities all over Spain and Portugal, including a series of recitals for RTVE, Spain’s foremost broadcaster of classical music. During his time in Spain, he became deeply involved in Contemporary music, and for two years was professor of chamber music at the Escuela de Musica Contemporanea in Salamanca.
On returning to the UK Anthony alongside his career at the keyboard he took up the position of Musical Director at the Penshurst Choral Society where highlights included performances of works such as Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart Coronation Mass, Bach Magnificat in D, Haydn Te Deum and Puccini Messa di Gloria as well as Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto which he directed from the keyboard.
His work in education has included three years as Director of Music at the Mead Preparatory School and he continues to teach piano at his own studio in Tunbridge Wells and the Knole Academy in Sevenoaks, Kent