Sean is an experienced conductor, composer, and singer, with a background in music editing, having worked for Oxford University Press before focusing on a freelance career. Sean read Music at Royal Holloway University of London, where he received both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees. During this time he joined the choir of The Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park, subsequently becoming Composer in Residence in 2008 and Assistant Director of Music in 2009, positions he still holds.
In 2011, Sean took up his first directing position when he co-founded Quire Voices. Known for their unique and engaging performances, they perform to a high standard and have been featured on Classic FM alongside The Band of The Household Cavalry. Sean subsequently became the Musical Director of Spelthorne Choral Society in 2015, regularly performing with The Orpheus Sinfonia and West London Brass.
Sean diversified his conducting in 2016 when he became Chorus Director of The Royal Harmonics—a Windsor-based barbershop chorus. The chorus are currently placed fifth in the country and were silver medalists at the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention (IABS) in 2017. In 2017 Sean also became Chorus Director for The Knights of Harmony, a barbershop chorus based in Chesham and was appointed as the new Musical Director of West Sussex Philharmonic Choir in 2021.
Sean conducts other project-based choirs during the year. This has included Sanctus Voices at Holy Trinity Garrison Church, Windsor; The Royal Automobile Club Choir, Epsom; and Marlow Choral Society’s ‘Come and Sing’ Christmas concerts. Sean also enjoyed being Assistant Director of Music for the Windsor Castle Pantomime as they performed Aladdin in the Waterloo Chamber in 2018.
Sean has regularly taught conducting since 2018 for Harmony College, UK, where he teaches both initial and advance conducting techniques. He is now the Head of Musical Director's Education for the British Association of Barbershop Singers, planning and delivering annual training programmes.
As a professional singer and singing teacher, Sean has a keen interest in vocal pedagogy, having participated in training with Janice Chapman and Ron Morris at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He regularly coaches choirs on vocal technique as well as offering individual lessons. His past solo performances include the Mozart Requiem and Great Mass in C minor, as well as a performance at The Royal Albert Hall. Sean previously won a gold medal with his barbershop quartet First Edition at the IABS Convention, 2017.
Wednesday 14th February 2024, 5.15pm
St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle