Who's who

Conductor - Philip Collin ()

Philip Collin, Conductor
of Carshalton Choral Society Philip Collin was Organ Scholar of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He then took a post-graduate diploma in piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with John York. Since then he has worked extensively as a vocal coach, repetiteur, adjudicator, organist and conductor, and performed as a song accompanist throughout the UK and Europe.

In 2001 he recorded a CD with soprano Sally Bradshaw entitled The Soul of Orpheus, a collection of songs about or inspired by Greek mythology. In 2006 he twice performed the complete works for voice and piano by Gerald Finzi with tenor Peter Wilman and baritone Howard Wong to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Finzi’s death as part of the Canterbury Finzi Festival and the Nottingham Finzi Festival, the latter being an event which he co-directed. He has written for Piano Magazine and has given public talks on choral music, piano music and songs. He has given first performances of a number of songs, most notably by Ian Venables and Elaine Hugh-Jones and some unpublished songs by Ivor Gurney.

Philip is currently Director of Music at St Peter's Church, Streatham, Musical Director of the West/Barnes Singers, Musical Director of Carshalton Choral Society and a Lecturer in Music and Mathematics at Westminster/Kingsway College.

Accompanist - Michael Pandya

, Accompanist of/Carshalton Choral Society

Michael Pandya is a London-based pianist specialising in song and chamber music. He currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music where his teachers are Michael Dussek, James Baillieu and Ian Brown. He has appeared in performance alongside Graham Johnson, Jonathan Lemalu, Anna Huntley, Robin Tritschler, Eamonn Dougan and other leading artists, and his recital schedule has taken him across the UK and into Europe.

In 2016 Michael won the Joan Chissells/Rex Stephens Schumann Lieder Prize, the Vivian Langrish Piano Prize and the Pianist Prize at the Rosenblatt North London Singing Competition. In recital, recent appearances include at the KlavierFestRuhr in Germany, the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Royal Overseas-League London and the House of Bob Boas. Highlights of the 2016/17 season include a Wigmore Hall debut, Oxford Lieder Festival, three concerts with Academy Song Circle and recitals in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds. He has given recitals for the Park Lane Group and the Concordia Foundation and is a Samling Artist.

Previously Michael studied at The Queen’s College, Oxford, where he was an Instrumental, Academic and Choral Scholar. He graduated with First Class honours in 2015.

Michael is also experienced in opera and oratorio work, having been Répétiteur Scholar for New Chamber Opera from 2013-2015. With NCO he directed six productions, and also worked as a harpsichordist for two summer productions under the direction of Steven Devine.

Michael’s studies have been generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians UK, the Leverhulme Trust and the Clumber Studio Trust.

Chairperson: Lucy Budd
Treasurer: Lisa Webster
Secretary: Immo Hüneke