John and Harriet Mountford
'A lesson in love'
Saturday 4 June 2022, 1.30pm
Marden Church, Hereford HR1 3EN
Tickets £10, students £5, U16s free, available through the link below or on the door. Ten-concert pass £40 (available as an option when buying a ticket to any concert).
A journey of courting, love, deceit and joy through English song, leider and chanson. Repertoire to include songs from Canteloube, Chants d'Auvergne, Schumann, Frauenliebe und Leben.
Harriet Mountford (Soprano) was born in 1990 and grew up in the hills of Herefordshire. On leaving school she moved to Dublin, where she sang in the choir of Christ Church Cathedral under the direction of Judy Martin, and with the Charles Wood Singers, directed by David Hill. Whilst in Dublin Harriet studied singing with Lynda Lee at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Subsequently, Harriet moved to York where she read Music at the University of York, graduating with First Class Honours. Whilst at York Harriet had a busy performing career both as a soloist and consort singer with many ensembles, including University Chamber Choir, Spectrum Ensemble, and Incognito with whom she performed in the UK’s premiere concert for the European Day of Early Music 2013, under the direction of Robert Hollingworth. Since graduating, Harriet has moved to Rochester with her husband, John, and studies singing and performance privately with Jane Highfield. Harriet enjoys a varied career of oratorio, recital and consort singing alongside being Mummy to both Millie and Arthur.
John Mountford read Music and held the university organ scholarship at the University of Bristol, before being appointed organ scholar at Chichester Cathedral and latterly Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Whilst there he studied organ with Tristan Russcher and Andrew Johnstone, and conducting with Judy Martin. John became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 2014.
John spent three years as teacher of music and organist at Loretto School, Edinburgh. He sang counter-tenor at St. Mary’s Cathedral and during this time accompanied the choir on a tour of the Far East. John’s teaching then took him to Berkshire where he served as Head of Co-Curricular Music at Bradfield College. Whilst there he led the choir on tour to New York and Boston, and campaigned successfully for the restoration of the college organ. John was appointed Director of Music at King’s School Rochester in September 2017 and oversaw the fundraising and opening recital of the new Bechstein 7’6” grand piano in December 2018.
Separate to his teaching work, John often collaborates with young performers as an accompanist in exams and recitals. John has served as assistant staff and organist on the Eton Choral Courses. In his capacity as an organist, John’s career has taken him to some of England’s finest organs both as an accompanist and a recitalist. One of his favourite instruments to play is the organ of Bristol Cathedral, which is affectionately known in the trade as ‘Aunt Elizabeth’. He currently directs the school’s choral society ‘King’s Chorus’ and joined Rochester Choral Society as Director of Music in January 2019. John has thoroughly enjoyed his first few years with Rochester Choral Society, (albeit mostly online!) and looks forward to all the exciting concerts and projects to come.
John completed his MA at York University in July 2021, editing a newly-discovered mass by Dionisius Prioris (c1450-c1515). At all other spare moments in the day, John enjoys spending time with his wife Harriet and their children Millie and Arthur.