Our Accompanist - John Chantrey
The Royal Free Singers are so fortunate to have John Chantrey LRAM, ARCM, LTCL as our regular accompanist. John began his musical training at the age of four and, at only 13, was awarded the Princess Helena Victoria medal for gaining the highest marks in the country for the Grade 8 examination.
After studying piano accompaniment with Paul Hamburger, he won a major scholarship to Trinity College of Music, London, where he was a member of the professorial staff for over 30 years.
His piano playing has taken him to many parts of the world and he was particularly honoured to have played for the late Dame Isobel Baillie. As a choir accompanist he has had the privilege of playing for the Brighton Festival Chorus under the direction of Sir Normal Delmar, André Previn and Lord Menuhin, and for the Royal Choral Society, Windsor Festival Chorus and the Slough Philharmonic Chorus.
With his amazing musical ability and wonderful sense of fun, John is a much loved member of the RFS 'family'.