Ian Assersohn, who joined the Choir in 2014, is a composer, teacher, accompanist, workshop leader and conductor. He studied piano and composition at the Royal College of Music in London and at The Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. As a composer he has been the winner of the Making Music competition and the Nicola Dando prize and his work "Crossing The Bar" for Male Voice Choir has won first prize at the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival's composition competition.
Ian has been musical director of Leatherhead Choral Society since 2001 and under his leadership the choir has performed a great variety of music to packed and enthusiastic audiences; highlights have included Verdi's Requiem, The Armed Man and the first performance of Ian's works The Song of Songs and A Drop O Nelson's Blood. The choir has also enjoyed a run of very successful years in competition at the Leith Hill Musical Festival. Ian is also musical director of Concordia Singers in Sussex and he has led them in performances of Handel oratorios , Alexander L'Estrange's "Zimbe", and many other works including his own "Songs of Catullus", which was commissioned by the choir.
In addition to his regular appointments, Ian has been asked to lead several other choral and instrumental groups for rehearsals and concerts.
Biography of Lynda Chang – Accompanist.
A graduate from the Royal College of Music, Lynda has been choir accompanist since 2011 and is thoroughly immersed in life as an accompanist, soloist as well as chamber musician. She particularly enjoys her collaborations with Carole Boyd which they perform on cruises and at corporate and theatrical events. In her spare time, she is an avid reader, concert goer, opera fanatic and occasional reviewer.
Biography of Juliet Hornby - Deputy Director of Music
Juliet began her singing career in Puccini's Turandot at the Orange Festival in the South of France and then went on to sing in Germany. She has performed in opera, oratorio, recitals and musicals both at home and abroad appearing in venues as diverse as Roman amphitheatres, French chateaux, Istanbul's Topkapi Palace, English cathedrals and Glyndebourne. Juliet lives with her husband – a local GP - and three daughters in Mickleham. She has developed a strong rapport with the Choir since joining us in June 2009.