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Meet the BCS team

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Joel Thomas

Award-winning conductor Joel Thomas is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where he performed as both a concerto soloist and conductor.


He was soon selected to compete in the BBC Young Musician Conductors' Workshop, at which he conducted the BBC Philharmonic in Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra.  

In addition to heading Blackheath Centre for Singing, Joel leads workplace choirs for JP Morgan Bank and Thomson Reuters, in association with City Music Services.

In demand as a workshop leader, he has led choral events both in the UK and abroad - including several alongside Francis Steele, celebrated Bass of the Tallis Scholars.


Joel's work for the Association of British Choral Directors has seen him coach a new generation of conductors, and he frequently adjudicates choir competitions - most recently in Southwark Cathedral.

He has enjoyed the opportunity to hear his original compositions performed and explored on numerous occasions - notably by the BBC Singers in a workshop led by Paul Brough.

Joel is also Director of Music at St. George's Church, Greenwich and is committed to bringing choral opportunities to singers of all ages and abilities in this dynamic part of London.

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Guest tutor

Michelle Jueno

Michelle Jueno is a classically trained mezzo soprano and graduated with a Masters in Vocal Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She studies with highly acclaimed international soprano Marie McLaughlin, has worked with some of the industry’s top accompanists and with the renowned mezzo soprano Della Jones.


Michelle has performed in concert at venues such as St John’s Smith Square, the Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall and in opera roles for numerous companies including Dorset Opera, Kentish Opera and Garsington. 


Alongside performing, Michelle very much enjoys her teaching work. A firm believer that everyone can sing and develop their voice, she works with students of all ages and abilities as well as providing vocal technique coaching for choirs.


Guest conductor

Vincenzo Scarafile

Vincenzo is an Italian choral conductor and counter-tenor, specialising in Early Music and choral pedagogy. He has worked as a Lay-Clerk in the professional cathedral choirs of Southwell Minster (Nottinghamshire), Lincoln and Christ Church, Oxford. He has performed, broadcast and recorded in Europe, the U.S. and Canada.


He is a member of the award-winning 'Ars Cantica Choir' (Milan) and is much in demand as a vocal coach and conductor in Italy and abroad, inspiring passionate performances from singers of all abilities.  

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Guest tutor

Esther Hargittai

Esther was born in Hungary and emigrated to Israel at the age of 16. She has been immersed in music since the tender age of six, going through primary and secondary schools specializing in music and in 1995 graduating in Choir Conducting and Music Education at the prestigious Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.


Since graduating she has taught music and conducted choirs through all age groups: children through to adults. Esther set up one of the best known and most successful children's choirs in Israel, the Efroni Choir, which she managed and conducted from 1996 to 2005. The Efroni Choir had numerous performances in a variety of settings, from state ceremonies to children's TV programmes and special concerts, as well as representing Israel abroad in the USA and France.

Esther was also a major partner in conceiving and writing a Kodály Method teaching manual for music teachers in Israel, which was published by the Jerusalem Music Centre.


Esther moved to the UK with her husband and family in 2006. Since then she has been engaged as a tutor on many British Kodály Academy courses. She runs conducting and musicianship courses for choir trainers and class teachers from her home in Kent and has given successful conducting workshops elsewhere in the UK. Currently she plays a major role in the inception of the New Certificate Programme of the British Kodály Academy.

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Petra Hajduchova

A classically trained harpsichordist and organist, Petra completed her studies in 2011 at Trinity Conservatoire of Music, London.  


Since arriving in the UK, Petra has been in high demand as a soloist, accompanist, orchestral and chamber musician, playing regularly at services in London churches, as well as a repetiteur and choir accompanist.


In addition to performing, she has participated in various educational projects. She became professor of harpsichord at the European Summer School (London Piano Masters), based at the Royal College of Music.


She is also a member of Prima Vista (flute and harpsichord duet), winners of the June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize 2012.

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