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Simon Halsey, President

In 1990 Simon kindly agreed to be Honorary President of The Priory Singers.
He is an internationally-known figure in the world of Choral Music and is the Chorus Director of The City of Birmingham Symphony Choruses, The Berlin Radio Choir and of the Northern Sinfonia Chorus.
His personality and expertise have gained him international recognition.


Jonathan Scott, Music Director

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Jonathan enjoyed singing from a very early age, including a stint during his school years at Newcastle Cathedral with Russell Missen. He enjoyed periods with the Newcastle Bach Choir and Cappella Novocastriensis whilst undertaking his studies for a BMus degree at Newcastle University, as well as extended periods with the St James's Choral Group (now Jesmond Choral Group) and The Singers. Conducting was always a first love starting with School and subsequently University orchestras and choirs. Jonathan currently conducts Jesmond Choral Group, The Jesmond Consort and the Priory Singers. 

Previously conductor of Warkworth Village Choir, he also has close ties with Bishop Auckland Choral Society. Jonathan created the role of Bishop Richard Trevor in Changeling Productions’ 2007 oratorio/pageant The Painter and the Patriarch. The work, commissioned by Bishop Auckland Choral Society, commemorates Zuberan’s paintings of Jacob and his twelve sons, bought by Bishop Trevor for the Bishops of Durham and now in the trust of the Church of England.

As well as singing with the Northern Sinfonia Chorus, Jonathan has also served as Chorus Librarian at their Sage Gateshead home. He also sings occasionally with the Northern English Singers and as a noted tenor soloist in the region with a repertoire ranging from Byrd and Monteverdi through to Finzi, Howells and (on one memorable occasion) Tippett.

Jonathan has also been the Vice-Chair for the north-east region of Making Music and is on the management committee for the Jesmond Community Forum which promotes community and amateur societies in Jesmond. When not singing or conducting Jonathan likes to entertain friends with good food, wine, and music.