Rebekah Abbott - Artistic Director & Conductor
Conductor and Soprano, Rebekah read music at Cambridge University, where she recorded for BBC Radio 3 and was a member of the audition only Cambridge University Chamber Choir.She has sung in major performances for the Hogarth Singers at St James’ Piccadilly and for the National Trust at Blickling Hall in Norfolk. In addition to an extensive subsequent career as a Soloist, Rebekah worked for 5 years as Director of Performing Arts in an independent school Music Department.
Since then, Rebekah has conducted everything from youth groups to professional ensembles and regularly works as a vocal coach for choral societies throughout the UK. Rebekah started Luminosa Choir from scratch eight years ago and the choir continues to go from strength to strength, with a Chamber Choir and a Youth Choir now thriving too. As well as conducting, Rebekah also teaches singers and conductors from her home near Alton, she is also Vocal Professor and Chorus Director to the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth and Vocal Tutor to the Royal Marines Band Service which takes her to performance venues all over the world. She has most recently conducted the Royal Marines choir and prepared soloists for concerts in the Royal Albert Hall.
Rebekah lives just outside Alton with her wonderfully supportive partner, Tim and her two glorious children, Isabella and Sofia.
Rebekah conducts Luminosa Voices & Luminosa Chamber Voices, she is also responsible for the artistic direction of the Luminosa family of Choirs.
Johnathan Upfold - Conductor (LYV)
Jonathan Upfold was in born in Redhill, Surrey. He currently teaches year 6 at Brockhurst Junior School, Gosport. Prior to that, he taught at Fairisle Junior School, Southampton, and Brighton Hill Community College, Basingstoke. Alongside teaching, he performs regularly as a tenor soloist and has worked as a full-time singer in the choirs of Winchester cathedral, Chester cathedral, York Minster and the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service. He completed a masters degree in ethnomusicology from the University of York in 2005 and a Diploma in Piano performance with distinction in 2001 (Dip ABRSM). As a student, he was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain before taking up a choral scholarship at York Minster. He also teaches flute, voice and piano privately and regularly accompanies soloists and choirs for concerts, exams and recitals.
Johnathan Leads/Conducts the Luminosa Young Voices.
Ali Willis - Accompanist (LYV)
Alison (b. 1971) is an award winning composer whose works have been performed and broadcast internationally. She studied composition with Alan Bullard (Colchester) and George Benjamin (RCM). Her works are made available by Composers Edition.
Her music has been described as, “Intensely moving”, “Beautiful yet pragmatic” and “Saying what you have to say and then stopping”.
She finds particular inspiration in historical sources and events, social issues and enjoys working collaboratively with both young people and adults. Alison is also an experienced pianist, organist, folk musician and Musical Director, enjoys composing music for theatre and is a Trustee of the Martin Read Foundation, supporting young composers.
Recent works include “The Wind’s Warning”, winner of The Gesualdo Six Composition Competition, “Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep”, released on Blossom Street’s album “This Day” (January 2019), “The Ballad of the Harp Weaver”, released on Juice Vocal Ensemble’s “Snow Queens” CD (December 2018) and “Non Omnis Moriar” premiered by the BBC Singers (September 2018). Her work for Hampshire County Youth Choir, “Pax Vobis” was performed as part of the Remembrance service at Winchester Cathedral (June 2018) and “A Light Not Yet Ready To Go Out” for the London Concert Choir, raising awareness of and money for Breast Cancer Now, premiered to a sold out audience at Holy Trinity Sloane Square in March 2018.
Ali accompanies the Luminosa Young Voices.
Neil Ferris - Patron
We are honoured and delighted that Neil Ferris, the Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus is Luminosa’s Patron. In demand as a guest conductor to some of the finest choirs and orchestras in the UK, Neil also prepares choirs for some of the world’s leading orchestral conductors and regularly sees his choir at the BBC Proms. Neil is also conductor of Wimbledon Choral Society and of leading chamber choir Sonoro, with whom he has recorded and toured.
As well as supporting our choir, Neil leads our annual Come and Sing Event to be held at the Alton Maltings in October 2019 (date tbc).
We are proud of our association with such an inspiring and engaging choral conductor