The choir is truly representative of N10 London, with members of mixed ages, backgrounds and nationalities all coming together each week to explore and enjoy music and improve their vocal techniques.
Rehearsals are a perfect balance of hard work and fun and there is a constant buzz of excitement around the Choir, as there is always something new and challenging in the pipeline, including joint ventures with both UK and International choirs
Lazina Gheyselinck was the Choir's much-loved founder and Musical Director from 2014-2019. Under her inspired leadership, the choir grew from a small gathering of female members singing Christmas Carols at St Peter le Poer Church and local care homes, to an accomplished SSAA choir performing the works of classical and modern-day composers to raise funds for International Charities such as Unicef and Medecins Sans Frontieres. The choir also added additional care homes to its local community outreach programme and joined forces with choirs in both Portugal and Rome to raise funds for overseas charities. Prior to leaving London for a new life in Portugal, Lazina was instrumental in finding the Choir a dynamic new Musical Director in the form of Santiago Piñeros-Serrano, who picked up the baton in September 2019.
To say that Santiago Piñeros-Serrano is multi-talented on the musical front is a gross understatement. Born in Bogota, Santiago began his musical education at the Colombian National Symphony Academy, where he studied piano and music theory before joining the Juan N Corpas University, to perfect his piano technique and expand his musical skills to include conducting choir and orchestra. Studies in vocal techniques and violin followed, which soon led to him joining one of the leading professional choirs in the country, the Santa Cecilia Choral Society, and the Unimusica Orchestra, where he not only won First Prize in Colombia's 2010 Ibague String Festival, but a scholarship to attend the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra programme.
A postgraduate degree at Ohio's famous and highly-acclaimed Bowling Green State University followed, during which time he conducted the Bowling Green Philharmonia and New Music Ensemble.
Always keen to explore new repertoires and different ensembles, Santiago subsequently worked with orchestras, choirs, wind bands and chamber ensembles of different formations all over the world.
A skilled recruiter, between 2013 and 2015, Santiago founded Huila State's OSCH orchestra in South West Colombia and the Ad Libitum Chamber Orchestra, which brought Latin American music to North-West Ohio.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Santiago also conducted opera performances at festivals throughout Colombia and the USA, including two world premieres at the Bowling Green Opera Festival. Similarly, he collaborated with various symphony and chamber orchestras in Colombia, Argentina and the Ukraine, as well as leading several orchestras in Master Classes and competitions.
Alongside his career as Orchestral and Choral Conductor, Santiago’s drive for innovation and analysis of musical practices led to his debut as a workshop leader at the Latin American Forum for Music Education in Neiva, Colombia, where he has been a fellow since 2013.
Now based in the UK, Santiago is the Musical Director of the N10 Choir and St. Peter le Poer's new Community Choir, as well as conducting the Albert Park Singers and Blackbird Leys Choir. He is also Assistant Conductor for the Oxford Brookes University Orchestra.
Once every four weeks, the N10 Choir is extremely fortunate to be led by world-renowned soprano, Jessie Tse. Born in Hong Kong, but currently based in London, Jessie completed her Master of Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and gained her Master in Opera at Conservatori Liceu, Barcelona.
No stranger to musical accolades, Jessie was a Concordia Artist for the 2015-2016 season and sang in Masterclasses with Thomas Allen, Dame Ann Murray, Roger Vignoles, Barbara Frittoli and Mariella Devia. In 2016, Jessie was also a Britten-Pears Young Artist, an iSing! Suzhou Young Artist, received first prize in the Gitanilla Prize and Leoncavallo Prize in the Antonio Bertolini Competition, 3rd Prize in the Coop Music Award Grand Finale in Milan, as well as 3rd Prize in the 2016 Yokohama International Music Competition in Japan.
Operatic appearances include Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Patras Municipal and Regional Theatre (Greece), Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Porcupine Productions (UK), Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (Germany) and Conservatori Liceu, Anna Reich in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor at Theatre Rudolstadt, title role in Alcina with New London Opera Players and Corilla in Viva la Mamma with Jerusalem Vocal Arts Festival. Most recently, in 2018, her love of contemporary opera saw Jesse appear as Elvira in L’Italiana in Algeri in 2018 and tour with Festival de Bardi (Netherlands) in June 2019.
An enthusiastic concert singer, Jessie has also performed in venues such as Teatro Dal Verme (Milan), Auditorium Gaber Pirelli (Milan), Southwark Cathedral (London) and Leoncavallo Museum (Brissago).
Newly-appointed as the Asian Programming Director of Opera Prelude, in October 2019 Jessie will be giving her first lecture recital: Conflict of Love and Duty – Daughters of the Regiment at Cadogan Hall. This will be followed by a performance of Gilda in Rigoletto with Operama in May 2020, and Festival de Bardi in June 2020.