The Singers

Daniel Brown (2016-2018) – Manager

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After finally accepting that an inability to dance might get in the way of a career on Broadway, Daniel Brown took the mature and measured approach of quitting the tenor voice altogether in order to pursue a life in the choir stalls, where the tap, modern, and jazz requirements are less rigorous. Fortunately, liturgical life is well suited to his other passions, the music of the English Renaissance and looking damn fine in a cassock. Daniel looks forward to spending the year trying to convince the Gents to arrange and perform a medley from Lemonade, the instantly iconic visual Beyoncé album tackling infidelity, race, and feminism. He will not succeed and it will be for the best. In his spare time Daniel enjoys a stiff drink, the Oxford comma, and talking about himself in the third person.

Hugh Cutting (2015-2018) – Musical Director

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Kieran was born in 1993. Hugh was born in 1996. That, however, is the only discernible difference. Having been to Abingdon, Hugh justifiably feels wildly superior to other gents. His chocolatey countertenor has been described by Helen of Troy as ‘being kinda like that chick who launched a thousand boats, but less hot’. Outside of choir, Hugh enjoys foutons, exotic bathing and becoming intimately acquainted with Jesus (Green).

Richard Decker (2017-2021)

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Richard’s quest for fame began at the tender age of 13, when he proposed to a young lady on the One Show Christmas Special. He is very grateful no visual evidence remains of this brief encounter. Still relatively new to the countertenor voice, the novelty of correcting those who assume he sings Tenor or Bass has yet to wear off, and – public adolescent proposals now behind him – he hopes to make a name for himself as the world’s first coloratura alto. If you have any idea what that is, do get in touch. He’s at a loss. An MML student reading French and Italian, it took all of two weeks for doubts to creep in that Richard had made a terrible mistake when he was reliably informed that his pronunciation of a favourite piece of Fauré was “absolutely appalling.” He is beginning to suspect his native South London was not the best place to pick up an authentic accent. Whilst he loves being in the Gents, Richard was dismayed to find he was no longer automatically the sassiest, most fabulous man in the room. He hopes to spend the next few years regaining the title, and the tiara he assumes comes with it.

Jack Hawkins (2014-2018)

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Jack was 7 years old when he met a future Gent at a Beaver Scout meeting in South London. In the following years Jack embarked on hobbies that he still enjoys, including being unable to grow facial hair and being told not to use his modal voice. He is in his fourth year in the choir. He is meant to be studying for an MPhil on things that won’t be of any use to anyone. He occasionally finds this dispiriting. He wonders what he will do when he becomes a grownup. He enjoys reading poetry, walking, cooking, and occasionally a game of sports.