Dr Jennifer Kingston
Jenny's four children were all choristers at Wells Cathedral and pupils at Wells Cathedral School. Their musical education, particularly their chorister experience, has been a huge influence in their lives and they are very grateful for this wonderful start. They all continue to sing very enthusiastically and are convinced it will be an important part of their lives in the future.
Jenny moved to Wells from London in 1997 with her husband, Peter, and their four very young children to set up Wells Orthodontics which provides orthodontic treatment for many local children and adults. Jenny has built the practice up from scratch and now employs a team of 20 people to help her run what is a thriving and expanding business.
Jenny became a trustee of Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust as she has a particular interest in the unrivalled opportunities provided to young singers and musicians at Wells Cathedral School because of the unique combination of outstanding cathedral choir training within the context of a specialist music school.
Sacha atkinson MA
Sacha grew up in Somerset and has a long history with Wells, often as a youngster singing in the cathedral and playing in local bands in and around the city.
Having always had a keen interest in music and sound, his postgraduate studies led him to create interactive electrical and digital robots, instruments and other manipulatable devices which would accompany musicians in some way.
His career has meandered through a number of music-related professions working in film and TV as a composer and sound expert, as well as being a postgraduate lecturer and researcher in music and music technology.
Sacha has spent many years abroad where he has used his ethnomusicological training to study tonal systems and their various heritages, alongside which Sacha always likes to take a practical role, such as being a member of a Javanese Gamelan orchestra, and he can also just about fiddle out a tune on a Chinese violin.
Sacha hopes that his diverse musical experiences may have some significance for the choristers, and he feels that supporting the WCCT as a trustee is one way in which to give back or forth, in order to help build a trust which will further help musical youth who may need financial assistance in continuing what he feels is the important training of our future musicians and music experts.
jo ballan-whitfield ACA
After graduating in Economics, Jo qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. She has worked in a variety of industries including property and retail as well as spending time in accountancy firms. Jo is Financial Controller for Blue Marble Research Ltd.
Following a career in hotel and restaurant management in Devon and London, Kate married and came to the Wells area in 1991. More recently she worked for a number of years in a girls’ boarding house at Wells Cathedral School.
Kate’s two children were both Head Choristers at Wells Cathedral and pupils at the Cathedral School. Although they are not pursuing musical careers they are both still singing regularly and value very highly the discipline and musicianship they learnt in the choir.
Kate was drawn to the work of the Trust by her love of church music and her long association with Wells Cathedral. Being aware of the enormous, sometimes unseen, benefits of the six years of chorister training her children received, she would like to ensure that this opportunity is available to all.
Michael’s daughter joined Wells Cathedral School as a chorister, and has now discovered a particular passion for jazz at the school – including singing. Music will undoubtedly be important to her always.
Michael has been a management consultant for over 20 years, first with major firms and is now self employed. His recent clients include Lancaster University, various FTSE-100 companies and Reach To Teach, a US funded charity whose mission is to improve the primary school education of rural, underprivileged children in rural India. He was a parent governor at his children’s primary school.
Michael was immersed in classical music from an early age - His uncle, cousins and grandmother have all been professional musicians at one time or another, and now he finds that both his children are highly musical. He therefore understands the transforming role that music can play in people’s lives. He enjoys playing an active role at the WCCT, helping to ensure the continued success of the Wells Choristers and the wider work of the Cathedral and School in nurturing talented young musicians.
Lois is a freelance journalist who writes news features across a variety of media outlets, and contributes to broadcast documentaries.
Lois also provides specialist writing services to government departments, biotech companies and communications agencies; and advises on and writes patient/consumer information material. She has a particular interest in the emerging fields of nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals.
A former health and social affairs editor of The Sunday Times (London), she continues to contribute to the debate on the future of healthcare.
She has appeared as an expert witness for the House of Commons health select committee, and offers regular presentations at corporate and public sector events.
She is a previous winner and runner up for Medical Journalist Association and Guild of Health Writers awards, and has received a variety of other journalistic commendations.
Nick was Head of Wells Cathedral Junior School for 15 years from 1995-2010. During that time he (along with his wife, Jane) was responsible for the pastoral care of the choristers in the school and for liaising with the Organist and Master of the Choristers about the chorister schedule for each term. In addition, he discussed with chorister parents how their children could be supported in the school, the options for financial support and the whole issue of relocating their families so that their children could become choristers at Wells.
Nick became a Trustee after retiring as Head. He has seen first hand the commitment and energy required both by parents and choristers to ensure that the high quality of music is maintained in the cathedral.