Colette Boushell,

Musical Director

Colette was born in Dublin and is an honours graduate of the BMus and MMus programmes at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama Dublin. She is also an alumnus of the International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, London where she studied under Lillian Watson. During her time as a student, she won many scholarships and awards from the Arts Council ofIreland and Help Musicians UK and graduated from the RCM with the McCulloch Prize for Opera. She currently studies with American soprano
Cynthia Jacoby-Deventer.


Colette is an experienced recitalist and performer, having sung much of the popular concert repertoire in many prestigious venues such as the RoyalAlbert Hall, Canterbury Cathedral, Händel Halle in Germany, Sancta Maria Cathedral, Mushashino Concert Hall and Opera City Concert Hall in Tokyo, Aichi Arts Center Nagoya and Izumi Concert Hall in Osaka and most recently, the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her performances have also been broadcast live on RTÉ Lyric FM and on RTÉ television. Her operatic
repertoire includes the title role in Cunning Little Vixen, Sandrina (La Finta Giardiniera), Titania (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Tina (Flight), Gilda (Rigoletto), Berenice (L’occasione fa il Ladro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Musica/Proserpina (‘L’Orfeo). She made her German operatic debut singing Gilda for Opera Classica in Schloss Braunfels and also created the role of Mary Lovell in Oliver Rudland’s acclaimed opera Pincher Martin. In addition to her singing career, Colette is a singing and piano teacher at Emanuel School Battersea and Assistant to the Director of Music at St. Mary’s Church, Wimbledon

 

Samuel Ali was born in 1990 in Gravesend, Kent, and has Turkish and Italian heritage.  He is the organist at Christ Church in Chelsea and a postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music, where he completed a Master's Degree in performance.  Samuel is the first organist to study for the Artist Diploma at the RCM, having also completed his master’s degree there. He studies the organ with David Graham and Andrew Dewar, improvisation with Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin and continuo with Robert Woolley.

Highlights of the last 12 months include being the soloist in an RCM performance of Poulenc’s organ concerto; giving a solo recital as part of London Bach Society’s 2018 Bachfest; and giving a joint recital with his teacher at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory as part of an RCM cultural exchange trip. In the Summer of 2019 Samuel travelled to Slovakia to give three concerts in organ festivals across the eastern part of the country.

Previously, Samuel studied for a BMus with Darius Battiwalla at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he was supported by a Leverhulme scholarship, before which he held the organ scholarship at Rochester Cathedral.

Samuel Ali,

Accompanist