Singing Teachers


Choral Scholars and Volunteers each receive six free singing lessons per term from one of our experienced and highly-respected singing teachers, who are accomplished professional singers in their own right:


Ann De RenaisAnn De Renais

The Belgian coloratura soprano Ann De Renais first trained as a piano teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Brussels and then studied singing at the Royal Conservatoire in Ghent. She moved to London in 1994 for a Post-Graduate year of study with the late Noelle Barker at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she obtained the Certificate of Teaching Singing.

1996 marked her first visit to the American Voice Teacher David Jones in New York City, and the start of her studying the Swedish-Italian School of Singing as developed by Mr Jones, based on the concepts of his teacher Alan Lindquest.

This led to her recording the vocal exercises for female voice on David Jones’ tuition CD ‘A First Lesson with David Jones’.  She subsequently became Associate Teacher of David Jones in 2002 (, when she started organising his Vocal Master Classes in the UK.  Ann has also been an active singer in his Master Classes in London, Paris and Geneva. She continues her teacher training with Mr Jones during his bi-yearly Teacher Mentoring Programme in NYC.


Roderick EarleRoderick Earle

Roderick Earle was born in Winchester, where he was a chorister in the cathedral choir. In 1974 he graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge where he read Music and was a Choral Scholar under George Guest. He was then awarded a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music and studied on the Opera Course, later continuing his studies with Czech baritone, Otakar Kraus. He went on to being awarded a Greater London Arts Association Musician of the Year Award, and, after making his opera debut with English National Opera in 1978 and then joining the company for two years, he joined the Royal Opera at the age of 28, making his Covent Garden debut as Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro in 1980 with Sir Colin Davis. He was a member of the company for 21 years, during which time he made the transition from bass to baritone, and sang over 60 roles.

He has a wide experience of concert work which has included singing the bass solos in Monteverdi Vespers with Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the start of his career through the Classical and Romantic repertoire. He has been fortunate to sing with some of the greatest conductors of the age not only at Covent Garden but also on the South Bank and abroad.

Roderick has taught singing for more than 25 years. As well as being a singing professor at the Royal College of Music (since 1990) he runs workshops, which include coaching in language (French, German, Italian and different pronunciations of Latin), style, communication and stage craft. He has been a tutor on a regular basis for the last 12 years at the East Anglia Summer Music School in Norwich and taught in New Zealand and Singapore. In 2010 he founded The Colchester Chamber Choir of 30 auditioned voices which specialises in pre-baroque and 19th and 20th century a cappella choral repertoire. He now also directs a chamber choir for the McKinsey European Music Festival in Kitzbühel, Austria each summer.


Sarah FoxSarah Fox

Born in Yorkshire, Sarah Fox is one of the leading English sopranos of her generation. She was educated at Giggleswick School, London University and the Royal College of Music. A former winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the John Christie Award, she is also an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway College, London University. She is equally at home in many musical genres including opera, folksong and musical theatre.

Sarah has performed many operatic roles at the Royal Opera House and elsewhere, and she has a prestigious concert career around the world. She has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, Berlin Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Cologne, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Halle, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philharmonia, the San Francisco Symphony and the Vienna Tonklunster Orchestra with conductors including Elder, Hickox, Maazel, Mackerras, Pappano & Rattle.

She has appeared several times at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival & the Three Choirs Festival and is a regular guest with the Classical Opera Company and at London’s Wigmore Hall. She is also a highly accomplished recitalist with a particular affinity for French Song.  She performs frequently with John Wilson and his Orchestra; she is a regular guest on BBC Radio 2’s “Friday Night is Music Night;” and has performed concerts with Rufus Wainwright throughout Europe. She was a judge on the second series of BBC TV’s “The Choir: Sing While You Work” with Gareth Malone.

Her discography includes Poulenc Songs (with Malcolm Martineau) and The Cole Porter Songbook for Signum Classics; Mahler’s 4th Symphony (Philharmonia/Mackerras and Philharmonia/Maazel) both for Signum; Vaughan Williams’ 3rd Symphony (Halle/Elder) for the Halle label; Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem (Colorado Symphony Orchestra/Litton) and Poulenc Songs (with Graham Johnson) for Hyperion; Leighton’s 2nd Symphony (BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Hickox) for Chandos; “That’s Entertainment” (John Wilson Orchestra) for EMI classics; and “Cole Porter in Hollywood” (John Wilson Orchestra) for Warner Classics.


Sheila BarnesSheila Barnes

Sheila Barnes trained at the Yale School of Music, where she took both a Masters and a Master of Musical Arts degree.  Since coming to live in the UK in 1991, she has maintained a thriving London private teaching practice, in which she is sought after by professional singers currently coming from the UK, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia, Luxembourg and Belgium, as well as teaching Choral Scholars at Trinity College. 

Her private singing pupils perform regularly as soloists at English National Opera, The Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera Holland Park, Opera North, English Touring Opera, Garsington Opera, The Royal Netherlands Opera, and ReisOpera (the Netherlands), as well as with consorts such as Exaudi, The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars, The Cardinall’s Musicke, and the Temple Church in London, at St Paul’s Cathedral, and at Westminster Abbey.

Sheila acted as Vocal Consultant to the Oper Kiel (Germany) for four seasons, teaching private lessons for the soloists, members of the permanent company.  She maintained a studio for eight years in Holland, in The Hague, where she developed her individual approach to teaching singing.


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