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Our Professional Choir

Find out more about our Choir by clicking on the individual below:

  • Alex Porteous
  • Helen Vincent
  • Freya Turton
  • Oscar Simms
  • James Priest
  • Isaac Jarratt Barnham
  • Alex Porteous

    Alex Porteous

    Alex has been singing as a tenor at St Columba’s regularly since 2018. Prior to this, Alex sang with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge from 2014–2017, singing three liturgical services a week, as well as touring internationally and performing at concerts and festivals throughout the world. Alex has recorded nine discs over the course of his time with Clare, including a series of music for the church year. Alex is also a freelance audio editor and producer, and supported the music of St Columba’s throughout lockdown by editing and producing anthems and hymns remotely for each Sunday service. Professionally, Alex is a Consultant in Health Technology Assessment and Health Economics at Costello Medical.

  • Helen Vincent

    Helen Vincent

    Helen has a wealth of choral experience in addition to her solo singing and has performed with renowned choirs such as Ex Cathedra and National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain. Helen achieved a distinction for her PgDip in Vocal Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2020 and sang as a Choral Scholar at Canterbury Cathedral in 2021-22, piloting a brand new career development and outreach programme. She currently works as a freelance singer and KS2 vocal coach.

    Helen graduated with a BA in Music from the University of Leeds in 2010, and has gone on to sing as a soloist with a number of choral societies, as well as teaching both the voice and violin. She blazed the trail for future generations at Lincoln Cathedral in 2011, becoming the first woman to be employed as a singer on an otherwise all male back row, and subsequently Bristol Cathedral’s first female Lay Clerk from 2016-19.

  • Freya Turton

    Freya Turton

    Freya is a professional soprano in London. She held a choral scholarship at St Martin-in-the-Fields (2017-18), and now sings with St Martin’s Voices as a soloist and ensemble singer. Freya is a Young Artist Performer with Felici Opera, and attends Endellion Music Festival annually, performing roles in their semi-staged opera’s. She has sung solo oratorio’s including Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah and Faure Requiem. Freya’s past opera roles include Oscar The Masked Ball, Esmerelda The Bartered Bride, Mabel The Pirates of Penzance, Lace Seller Death in Venice, A Novice Suor Angelica, Angelina Trial by Jury and more. She looks forward to playing Adele in Die Fledermaus with Harrow Opera this autumn. Freya’s professional West End debut was a solo role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Woman in White (2005-6) at the Palace Theatre, London. She currently studies with Stuart MacIntyre.

  • Oscar Simms

    Oscar Simms

    Oscar is a young baritone currently based between London and Cambridge. He began singing aged 6 as a Chorister at the Temple Church, London, later becoming a Junior Choral Scholar at Southwark Cathedral and a Choral Scholar with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. He recently graduated with a first-class degree in Music from the University of Cambridge. Whilst at the University, Oscar was cast in a number of roles with the Opera Society, including Adonis in 'Venus & Adonis', Somnus in 'Semele', Polyphemus in 'Acis & Galatea' and Bartolo in 'Le nozze di Figaro'. He also stage directed a number of productions for the Society, including the second UK production of the digital chamber opera 'Denis & Katya' by Philip Venables. Oscar has been fortunate enough to take part in masterclasses with world-class singers such as Roderick Williams, Mark Padmore, Nicky Spence and Catherine Wyn-Rogers, and in his final year of University he was a participant of the Sir Arthur Bliss Lieder Scheme with Joseph Middleton.
  • James Priest

    James Priest

    James is a professional classical and jazz singer and pianist. His educational path to becoming a London-based freelancer formally began as an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham, where he studied music academically in parallel with voice and piano at the Birmingham Conservatoire, with piano as his principal study. He then completed a postgraduate Masters at Trinity College of Music, specialising in vocal performance, for which he was awarded a substantial scholarship. Subsequently, James enrolled on the Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship Scheme (one of only 8 singers internationally and biannually) under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Its itinerary included televised BBC Proms performances and European opera tours.

    Further to this, James's work continued to focus on opera and he enjoyed a number of consecutive years as a chorus member at Opera Holland Park, as well as joining companies such as Opera South and Surrey Opera as a soloist. These days, James's work also includes being a teacher, accompanist, lounge pianist and wedding musician, but choral singing has always been a love and significant part of his music-making life. While a permanent member of the St Columba's choir, James also sings at numerous other London churches, such as All Saints (Margaret St), St Bartholomew the Great (W Smithfield) and occasionally St Paul's (Knightsbridge).

  • Isaac Jarratt Barnham

    Isaac Jarratt Barnham

    After first taking up music at school, Isaac received a Choral Scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, as a counter-tenor, where he sung under Sir Stephen Cleobury and studied for a BA in Philosophy and Psychology. After graduation, he was successfully appointed to a post at St Columba’s. Alongside this role, he has also held Layclerkships at Clare College, Cambridge, and New College, Oxford.

    Beyond choral music, Isaac is an active Close Harmony performer. His previous positions include membership of The King’s Men, and Fitzwilliam Barbershop. Whilst Barbershop Director, Isaac was responsible for the organization and direction of tours to both China and The Netherlands, and produced two sell-out Edinburgh Fringe shows. He is currently a Final-year medical student at the University of Oxford, and Teaching Fellow within the University's Department of Public Health.

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St Columba’s is located on Pont Street in Knightsbridge in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Church is within easy reach of three London Underground stations – Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line), South Kensington (Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines) and Sloane Square (Circle and District Lines).

St. Columba's
Pont Street
London SW1X 0BD
+44 (0)20-7584-2321

Getting here by tube

Knightsbridge Station

Take the Harrods exit if open (front car if coming from the East, rear car if coming from the West). Come up the stairs to street level, carry on keeping Harrods on your right. Turn right into Basil Street. Carry straight on into Walton Place with St Saviour’s Church on your left. At the traffic lights, St Columba’s is to your left across the street. If the Harrods exit is closed, take the Sloane Street exit, turn right into Basil Street. Carry straight on past Harrods with the shop on your right, into Walton Place as before.

South Kensington Station

Come up the stairs out of the station and turn left into the shopping arcade. Turn left again into Pelham Street. At the traffic lights at the end of Pelham Street cross Brompton Road, turn left then immediately right into the narrow street of Draycott Avenue. After just a few yards turn left into Walton Street. Carry on walking up Walton Street until the traffic lights at the corner of Pont Street. Turn right and after a few steps you will be at St Columba’s!

Sloane Square Station

Cross over the square into Sloane Street. Walk along Sloane Street until the traffic lights at the corner of Pont Street. Turn left into Pont Street. St Columba’s will then be in sight.

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