Simon Littlewood was born to British parents in South Africa’s Cape Winelands. He was educated as a chorister scholar at Bristol Cathedral School, and at Worcester College, Oxford, where he read Classics, played sport, and sang in several choirs, most notably the Schola Cantorum, the university chamber choir.
Simon’s professional career has lain in book publishing; now a consultant to a range of industry and government organisations around the world, he began as a graduate recruit at Macmillan Publishers, where his later roles included that of managing the Grove’s Dictionaries of Music division. He worked in a variety of senior management positions for firms including Phaidon Press, Hodder Headline, and Random House where he ran an award-winning International Division and led the start-up of Random House India. He also chaired the Publisher’s Association’s International Board, and has represented the UK on the executives of the International Publishers Association and the Federation of European Publishers.
Music, and singing in particular, have remained at the heart of Simon’s life: after university he performed with Andrew Parrott’s Taverner Choir and Players, and he continues to sing with consorts in the Italian festivals of Mantua and Anghiari. As well as chairing the Oxford Bach Soloists board of trustees, he will shortly become chair of The Orchestra of the Swan.
Simon is married with three adult children, and lives in Oxford.
Helen Morton has had a varied career working as a civil engineer, in the oil industry and in management roles for charities, including VSO, MSI and Trinity Hospice. In 2000, she became the Treasurer (Finance & Estates Bursar) at Somerville College and left in 2012 to concentrate on her musical and outside interests. These include singing with several choirs and being Chair of Governors at Pipers Corner School, Chair of Trustees at Ark T Centre and Chair of Trustees of the University Women’s Club.
After reading music at Cambridge (organ scholar at Peterhouse College), Paul started his career in music publishing at OUP. As Director of Programming at Symphony Hall & Town Hall Birmingham he programmed widely in classical, jazz, folk, and ‘world’ music. In 2011 he received the first Association of British Orchestras Concert Hall Manager of the Year Award. He was Classical Music Programmer at the Barbican from 2012 – 2021, programming most of the world’s major artists and orchestras, and now has a portfolio career with clients including St Martin in the Fields (Artistic Adviser), mentoring, teaching and contributing on various Boards.
Robert Quinney is Organist and Tutor in Music at New College, Oxford, and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Music. In addition to his daily work with New College Choir, he maintains a parallel career as a solo organist, appearing in 2017 at the Royal Festival Hall and at the BBC Proms. His recordings of organ music by J. S. Bach have been widely acclaimed.
Miranda practised as a commercial barrister before becoming a professional support lawyer at solicitors Mills & Reeve. She acts as in-house counsel advising the firm’s lawyers on points of law and practice as well as giving seminars and writing articles. She studied music at Dartington College of Arts between school and university. She discovered the joys of singing at Cambridge where she sang in Trinity College choir in her final year.