Previous Soloists

7th December 2019

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Christopher Pelmore    Tenor

Christopher Pelmore is a lyric tenor based in the South of England, though works full time in the construction industry when not on stage.

Following time at university in Bristol, over the past few years he has performed regularly in the South West, in Frome and Bath with the Oakfield Choir, the Bath Cantata Group and others in performances including Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St John Passion, Magnificat in D and Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Joshua and Saul, Haydn’s Creation, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle.

On the operatic stage he has performed at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall as Snout in Surrey Opera’s sold out production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other performances include Verdi’s Macbeth for Kentish Opera, Acis in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at the Somer Valley Weekend of Opera and Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Bristol Opera.

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Victoria Longhurst        Harpist

Victoria studied the harp with Sioned Williams and Cathy White at Trinity College of Music, graduating with  a London University BMus (Hons) degree, before embarking upon a busy and successful career as a freelance harpist.

She regularly played  with Tenerife and Galicia Symphony Orchestras  and as a background music soloist on cruise ships for Cunard, Swan Hellenic and Saga, before deciding to spend  more time at home playing for private functions and weddings and taking up an afternoon tea residency at The Sheraton Park Tower and Grosvenor House Hotels.

Since relocating to Tunbridge Wells, Victoria continues to enjoy playing for weddings , shows and concerts, along with teaching both  harp and piano at The Mead, Walthamstow Hall and The New Beacon.

27th September 2019

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Jan Trott          mezzo-soprano

Jan Trott originally trained as a cellist.  After completing a year of post-graduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Jan began to focus on her two passions: teaching music, specialising in early years and primary teaching, and singing.  Jan currently works as a full-time primary school teacher, teaching Year 6 and running one of the school’s three choirs.  Jan has also worked as an Advisory Teacher for the Voices Foundation, which aims to raise the profile and quality of music education in our schools through music training programmes for class teachers.  Jan sings regularly with the chamber choir Canticum.  Solo performances in London and Cambridge have included J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Copland’s In the Beginning, and Durufle Requiem, as well as solo recitals.

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Marcus Pengelly          cello

Marcus has been playing the cello since he was 7 years old. Currently a music scholar in the Lower Sixth Form at Tonbridge School, Marcus plays in many of the school’s ensembles, including the Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra. He also plays in a number of local youth ensembles, such as The Lydian Orchestra.  Marcus has been studying the cello with Alison Moncrieff-Kelly for the past three years and is currently preparing for his ARSM diploma examination. In addition to his music, Marcus is a keen hockey player, playing for the South East of England Performance Centre.

Julian Thomas          organ

Julian Thomas joined Tonbridge School in September 2007 as Choirmaster, and has subsequently also become Head of Academic Music and the school’s organ teacher.


He began his musical training as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and then as a music and academic scholar at Charterhouse, before going up to Cambridge as Organ Scholar at Jesus College. After graduating, he moved to Lincoln Cathedral as Second Assistant Organist, becoming a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 2000. For the next six years, Julian was the Assistant Organist & Director of the Girls’ Choir at Norwich Cathedral, during which time he regularly appeared on both radio and television accompanying and conducting choirs. In addition to this, he also directed the Edington Music Festival, including overseeing the 50th festival and a number of significant choral commissions.


Alongside his primary roles at the school, Julian is also a published composer (with Encore Publications) and he maintains an active career as a freelance organist, deputizing at several London churches, including the Chapel Royal, St Margaret’s Westminster and the Temple Church, and also working with choirs such as Canticum and London Concert Choir. As a solo recitalist, recent performances have included Bath Abbey, Christchurch Priory, Westminster Abbey, Southwark, Norwich and Westminster Cathedrals, and his first solo CD, Élévation (recorded on the Marcussen organ of Tonbridge School), was released on Regent Records in 2017.

Photo credit: Clair Miller

10th March 2019

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Tristan Peters         Treble

Tristan is twelve and goes to Hilden Grange Prep School. He loves singing; as a chorister at Tonbridge School, in the Hilden Grange choir and ensembles, and as a soloist. He also plays the piano and the viola. His other love is sport and particularly cricket where he has just finished a season playing for Kent U11s.

He is thrilled to be singing Pie Jesu as he has loved Faure’s Requiem since he first sang it a few years ago in Tonbridge Chapel. 

Toby Stafford-Allen          Baritone

Toby has established himself as one of Britain’s leading baritones with a decade of critically-acclaimed performances with English National Opera, his roles including: Guglielmo; Giuseppe (The Gondoliers); Papageno; Pish Tush (The Mikado); and Schaunard.


Toby Stafford-Allen made his international debut – as Guglielmo at the Aix en Provence Festival – whilst still a student at the Royal Northern College of Music. Further international engagements include: Donald (Billy Budd) at the Hamburgische Staatsoper; Schaunard in Seoul (with Angela Gheorghiu and Vittorio Grigolo) and at the Bregenze Festspiele; Henry (The Fairy Queen) at the Liceu Barcelona; Mars and Euro (Il Pomo d’ oro) at the Batignano Festival and Escamillo and Enrico Ashton for Lyric Opera Dublin.


In the UK, he has sung: Papageno for Glyndebourne Touring Opera; Belcore, Figaro (Barbiere di Siviglia), Guglielmo and Schaunard with Opera Holland Park; A Nite at the Opera House for the ROH  Linbury Studio and First Officer (The Death of Klinghofer) and Chao-Sun (A Night at the Chinese Opera) with Scottish Opera.


He made his debut at the BBC Proms in 2009 as Archibold Grosvenor in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience under Sir Charles Mackerras. He made a critically acclaimed return to the Proms in 2012 as William Shadbolt (Yeoman of the Guard).


Toby Stafford-Allen’s recordings include: Morales in Carmen for Chandos under David Parry, Journalist in Lulu for Chandos under Paul Daniel, First Officer in The Dialogues of the Carmelites for Chandos under Paul Daniel, Schaunard in La Boheme with Rolando Villazon and Ludovic Tezier under Wolf Schirmer for ORF, Giorgio (La Gazza Ladra) under David Parry for Chandos.

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Jonathan Hayward           Violinist

Jonathan began taking violin lessons at the age of twelve under the tutelage of Rachel Ives, former first violinist in the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Jonathan progressed quickly and, now learning with Martin Bloor, he achieved distinction at grade 8 after only 3 years of playing. Jonathan undertook further studies at the Royal College of Music Junior department, taught by Hilary Sturt. 

Jonathan made his debut as a soloist in September 2018 playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and the Lark Ascending with the Burwash Chamber Orchestra. He has since performed the Mendelssohn again with North Downs Sinfonia.

Jonathan is leader of Kent County Youth Orchestra, and guest leader of the Heart of Kent Orchestra. He has won prizes in chamber music, including winner of the Pro Corda chamber music competition 2016, and was a finalist in 2018.


Now based in London and working in arranging and publishing music for All Souls Langham Place, Jonathan enjoys regular orchestral performances as well as playing chamber music. He is looking forward to studying music at St Hilda's College Oxford in October 2019.