'Singing is such an excellent thing, that I wish all people would sing.'
– William Byrd (1540-1623)

NOTEWORTHY PEOPLE

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ALEXANDER EADON, MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Although a born and bred Londoner, Alexander Eadon began his musical life as a chorister in the world-renowned Choir of Kings College, Cambridge. After five years as a Music Scholar at Harrow School and a gap year as Organ Scholar at St. Martin-in-the-Fields he trained at the Royal Academy of Music and completed his studies at Middlesex University. Alongside this, he was Director of Music at Christ Church, Southgate in North London and Conductor of the Southgate Symphony Orchestra. He then spent two years simultaneously as Organist at Tewkesbury Abbey and School Organist of Dean Close School, Cheltenham (where the Abbey Choristers are educated), assisting with coaching the choristers and teaching within both the preparatory and senior schools.

Between 2009 and 2015 he was the Choirmaster at Oundle School, heading up the school's choral programme on several broadcasts, recordings and on tour in Rome as well as in their weekly services, amongst many other musical activities throughout his tenure. In September 2015 he moved to Eastbourne College to take on the newly-created role of Assistant Director of Music.

He is able to pursue a freelance career alongside his school duties and is regularly found on concert hall platforms and in ecclesiastical buildings the world over and performances have included venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall as well as many UK Cathedrals in addition to trips to France and the USA. As a singer he is a regular deputy of several Cathedral choirs and other ensembles and was one of the founder-members of the internationally award-winning vocal ensemble The Songmen. He is also a regular staff member on the Eton Choral Courses.

CHRISTOPHER DIXON, GUEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR 

Born in Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Christopher was a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge where he read Modern and Medieval Languages.  He subsequently sang in the choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge under Christopher Robinson.

 

Christopher was a post-graduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied Opera Performance and Classical Singing with Mark Wildman, Antony Saunders and Audrey Hyland.  He won many competitions and prizes at the RAM including, on graduation, the coveted Princess Alice Prize.  Opera roles at the RAM included the title roles in both Don Giovanni (with Sir Colin Davis/John Copley) and in Falstaff.  He sang the role of Tarquinius in British Youth Opera’s Millennium production of The Rape of Lucretia.  Christopher won Fourth Prize in the National Mozart Competition 2000, and was a finalist in both the Handel Singing Competition 2001 and the Royal Overseas League Competition 2002.  He also studied at the National Opera Studio, sponsored by the Derek Butler Trust.

 

In 2008 Christopher sang the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for Welsh National Opera at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre.  In 2007 he made his Glyndebourne debut singing the Assassin and the First Apparition in Verdi’s Macbeth, with which he also made his BBC Proms debut in the same year.  He has sung Masetto (Don Giovanni) for Opernhaus Kiel, Germany.  In 2005 he made his Scottish Opera debut singing Roucher in Giordano’s Andrea Chenier.  He has also understudied Schaunard (La Boheme) and Il Sagrestano (Tosca) for Scottish Opera, and Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades) and Robert (Iolanta) for WNO.  

 

On the concert platform Christopher is in demand both in Britain and overseas.  He has performed in most of the major British venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, and he sings regularly in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff.  His discography includes The Rape of Lucretia (Tarquinius), Handel’s Silla with the London Handel Orchestra and a disc of Handel Church Anthems for Naxos.

 

Christopher lives in Eastbourne and teaches singing at Eastbourne College.  He is the Founder and Director of The Eastbourne Community Choir, a group open to all which meets at All Saints Church, Grange Road on most Thursdays of the year.  

THE SINGERS:

Noteworthy Voices is a small group of some 24 singers, all experienced musicians from Eastbourne and the surrounding region.

Sopranos:

Loraine Alexander
Christine Baelz
Joelle Gilbert

Zoë Harris

Yvonne Lloyd
Alison Maconochie

Janet McGowan
Elizabeth Swingle
Val Winslade

Altos: 
Jane Allcorn

Carolyn Bennion 

Claire Dubar
Angela Hobden
Jean Hill
Fenella Holmes

Wendy Bryant-Funnell

Tenors: 

Peter Alexander 

John Cooper
Lesley Ketteman
Richard Long

Basses: 
Kim Adams

Robert French

Walter Hare

Peter Jeffreys
Ray Williams

Lloyd Tweed