Guy Beringer QC: Chairman
Guy is Chairman of CMS. He has worked with CMS since its inception and has performed in operas and concerts produced and directed by CMS at Glyndebourne, Sadler’s Wells, Holland Park and Temple Church.
Guy is Chairman of UK Export Finance and The Legal Education Foundation. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School and is a Director of BCKR Limited.
Howard Charles: DirectorHaving studied Opera at The Royal Northern College of Music, with Piano as his second study, Howard completed Graduate and Professional Performers Courses and in addition, studied The Art of Teaching.
Howard has worked throughout the UK and internationally singing leading Operatic roles, performing on the concert platform and featured in many television, film & radio performances.
He has won two major scholarship awards from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and a further two awards from the Peter Moores Foundation. He studied Voice with Eduardo Asquez and also in New York with the renowned Baritone, Theodore Upman.
Howard has taught extensively for 25 years, including ten years as Singing Tutor at Warwick University.
During the last 6 years, he has used his vast knowledge as a singer and a voice coach, to formulate & host business seminars & workshops for a variety of professional clients, using the training and skills that professional performers normally only experience, for enhanced individual & group communication skills. As well as the presentational benefits, the health implications from learning & developing, correct Breathing, Posture & use of Voice, are considerable and an important adjunct to the work City Music Services provides to busy modern day professionals.
Choral Conducting has increasingly become an integral part of Howard’s work, regularly rehearsing and performing with City based company choirs & ensembles.
Howard is also joint partner in the Lottery Award Winning Genesis Stage Schools & Agency, providing professional tuition in Singing, Drama & Dance for young performers around the country.
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Mark Luther: DirectorMark Luther began his musical education as a choral scholar at Llandaff Cathedral. He then studied
at the G.S.M.D. and at The National Opera Studio. His many awards and scholorships included, The Ian Fleming Trust, The Leche Trust, John Wates Trust, The W. Towyn Roberts Scholarship, and The Ryan Davies Memorial Scholarship.
Mark has enjoyed a hugely successful international career over the last 20 years and his many operatic roles have included; Vanya Kudryash and Jacquino (New Zealand International Festival of Arts), Tamino (National Opera New Zealand, and The Harare International Music festival, Zimbabwe), Don Ottavio (Mozart International Festival- Schonbrunn- Vienna), Macduff and Arturo (Lucia) (Welsh National Opera.), Lenski (Opera North), Paris (King Priam) (English National Opera.), Don Jose (Rotterdam and Holders Festival- Barbados), Gondolier and 1st American (Glyndebourne Festival Opera), Lenski (Buxton Festival), Rodolfo (Castleward Opera. N.Ireland), Pinkerton (Butterfly) and Alfredo (Traviata) (Longborough Festival) Faust and 1st Armed Man (Mid Wales Opera).
In addition to his operatic and concert performances, Mark has made many TV and radio broadcasts, including the role of Paris King Priam in a live radio 3 broadcast to celebrate Sir Michael Tippett’s 90th birthday in 1995, TV broadcasts for the RTE concert orchestra in Dublin, and ‘On the Threshold’ for BBC radio Wales.
Mark has also enjoyed a busy career in oratorio, appearing many times at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has sung Haydn’s Elijah at St. John’s Smith Square, and Verdi’s Requiem at York Minster and also throughout Holland, where the Maastricht performance was broadcast live on Dutch radio.
Mark has appeared regularly as guest artist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in their Summer Proms Concerts series, and with the RTE concert orchestra in Dublin. Most recently, Mark sang the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall. He has also made several guest appearances on the cruise ships of P&O, where he regularly performs with the BBC news broadcaster Richard Baker, and also on QE2 and QM2 ships of Cunard. Most recently Mark was guest artist for Katherine Jenkins on her British autumn tour.
Mark has sung for many dignitaries during his distinguished career, including HRH’s, The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, George Bush senior, Boris Yeltsin, John Major, as well as many other renowned international politicians.
Marks recordings include: Carmen (Don Jose) for Carlton Classics, an ‘Opera Highlights’ CD for Tosca Records and a solo CD, entitled ‘Shades of Passion’.