Thanet Chamber Choir Director

Greg Tassell was born into a hop farming family near Tunbridge Wells and was a chorister at Durham Cathedral. He studied music at University of Exeter and was a choral scholar at Exeter Cathedral. He went on to study as a postgraduate at Royal Academy of Music under the tenor Ryland Davies, during which time he reached the final of several competitions including the London Handel Competition and the John Kerr Award for English Song (of which he is now a trustee). After leaving the Royal Academy, Greg enjoyed three seasons performing small roles with English Touring Opera, also taking part in their education programme for special needs children. He has also worked with other small opera companies, such as Regent’s Park Opera and London Early Opera and appears as a soloist on the “Handel at Vauxhall” discs with the latter.

Greg is now in much demand as an oratorio, recital and choral tenor. His recent engagements have included excerpts from Handel’s Messiah at the Rottingdean Arts Festival, an English song recital at the Holst Museum, Bach’s B Minor Mass at Cadogan Hall, Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Coventry Cathedral and Haydn’s Creation with the Whitehall Choir at St John’s Smith Square. In 2017 he was one of the resident soloists at the Presteigne Festival, performing ‘In Some Corner of a Foreign Field’ by Cecilia McDowall and Walton’s ‘Anon in Love’ with orchestra. Greg is a founder member of the professional chamber choir Sonoro with Neil Ferris, whose ‘Christmas with Sonoro’ disc was album of choice in both Guardian and Gramophone CD reviews in 2018. Greg is also a big Elvis fan and can sometimes be found performing at fundraising events in the Canterbury area with microphone in hand!

Greg is passionate about the choral repertoire and is delighted to be joining Thanet Chamber Choir as their Music Director from January 2020.