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Clement Hetherington, Director of Music

Having trained as a tenor, Clement won a choral scholarship to King’s College London, where he sang in the chapel choir and continued to study his instrument (voice) at the Royal Academy of Music, with Philip Doghan. After King’s, he studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since graduating from the Guildhall, he has worked as a freelance singer in London.

Throughout his time at King’s, and ever since, Clement has been singing regularly in churches across London, both in choirs and as a soloist in concerts. Over the last few years, Clement has also developed his experience as a conductor, working with Simon Over, conductor of the Southbank Sinfonia. Clement has a lifelong love of the music of Purcell and founded Dauphin Consort, an ensemble dedicated to performing Purcell’s music.

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Robert Cooper, Organist


Robert has a long association with St John’s. Joining as a boy chorister and then had his first organ lessons with the church’s organist, Mr Leslie Brook. He was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before studying full-time at the Royal Academy of Music with Guy Jonson, David Willison and Christopher Bowers-Broadbent.

He has been accompanist of South Nutfield and East Surrey choral societies, performing in numerous concerts. As assistant organist of Beckenham Parish church, he played for several BBC broadcasts and accompanied services at many cathedrals, including York Minster and Westminster Abbey. When not playing the organ, Robert runs a busy piano tuning and restoration business. 

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