Robbie Jacobs – Artistic Director
“An excellent innovative choir with an inspirational young conductor, Robbie Jacobs”
Reverie is directed by one of London’s top young choral conductors, Robbie Jacobs. Robbie studied music at King’s College, Cambridge where he was the Senior Choral Scholar, and has a Masters in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music, where he is the current Meaker Fellow.
As well as being the Artistic Director and founder of Reverie, Robbie is Musical Director of the Southend Festival Chorus, Assistant Conductor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and Director of the London Concord Singers. In 2014-15, he had the privilege of being the inaugural Conducting Scholar for Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen’s Young Artists’ scheme. As a Music Educator, Robbie has worked for the Royal Opera House, The Sixteen and the Orchestra of The Swan. A graduate of the prestigious Teach First programme, Robbie is also a specialist music consultant for the Kigali Music Services, Rwanda. As a professional Tenor, Robbie sings at The Chapel Royal in the Tower of London, The New West End Synagogue, with Mosaic Voices and award-winning choir Tenebrae, and recently made his debut with The Sixteen. Robbie has studied conducting with Patrick Russill, Paul Brough, Harry Christophers and Cathal Garvey.
Freya Waley-Cohen – Associate Composer
“Brilliant young talent… there’s no better example than Freya Waley-Cohen”
Freya Waley-Cohen’s music has been performed around the UK, and in Spain, Germany and the US by musicians including Orchestra of the Swan, CHROMA ensemble, Claremont Trio, Blossom Street Singers, Reverie Choir, Richard Watkins, Alexandra Wood, Huw Watkins, Mark Simpson, and Richard Edgar-Wilson. She was 2013 Composer in Residence at Northern Chords festival at the Sage Gateshead, a 2013 Apprentice Composer with Orchestra of the Swan, and is the Associate Composer of the Magnard Ensemble. Her love of working with music in combination with other arts, having produced collaborative works with film, animation, poetry, and contemporary choreography, has led to her work being shown in such places as the British Film Institute, Aldeburgh’s Peter Pears Recital Room, the Michaelis Dance Theatre, The National Portrait Gallery, and Kew Gardens during the 2014 Intoxication Season. Freya studied with Giles Swayne during her undergraduate at Cambridge, and with Simon Bainbridge for her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music. At RAM, Freya was awarded the 2013 J.E. West Prize, and is the current Manson Fellow.
Emily Sanders – Concert Manager
Emily is a music management and development professional. Having studied History and Archaeology at the University of Exeter, Emily joined the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as Assistant Administrator and Development Officer upon graduation. Since then, she has worked for award-winning professional choir, Tenebrae, and recently took up a full-time post as Administrator and Finance Officer for the London Youth Choir. Emily also still works regularly for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain as a Residential Course Manager.
Harriet Hougham Slade – Concert Manager
A graduate of King’s College London, Harriet is a professional mezzo-soprano. Harriet regularly sings with Ex Cathedra, Tenebrae and Reverie, as well as recording for groups such as Metro Voices and the Cambridge Singers. Harriet also sang with the renowned chapel choir of King’s College London, with whom she toured internationally and recorded several disks. Recent engagements have included Vocal Futures’ production of The Choice of Hercules and singing solo in Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Ex Cathedra and CBSO. Harriet is also Administrator for Sloane Square Choral Society and is a singing member of Reverie.
Catherine Harrison – Education Manager
Catherine was a choral scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and graduated with a BA in Music. Since then she has been an official clerk of Holy Trinity Choir, Sloane Square and is a Music teacher at Highgate School. Alongside choral and classical work Catherine often sings as part of a jazz quintet and went on tour to Istanbul earlier this year with the Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra. Catherine is also a singing member of Reverie as well as managing Reverie’s education activities.