BRIGHTON16 is a sixteen voice chamber choir based in Brighton. 

The group works on a project basis, and selects experienced choral singers from a pool of musicians in the area. Our aim is simple - to perform chamber choir works to the very highest standard.

Sopranos - Liz James, Helen Dewhurst, Cesca Eaton, Harriet Hyatt, Chloe Ayling, Pam Mason, Ollie Parr, Naomi Cunningham, Aneesa Chaudhry, Hannah Bryant (2024 trial) and Sarah Von Riebech (2024 trial)

Altos - Frances Rowberry, Liz Webb, Bibi Lees, Olivia Howie, Zosia Reeves, Jennifer Marsden, Fiona Whittaker and Lisa Fitzgerald (2025 trial).

Tenors - Sam Barton, Dan Johnston, Duncan French, Anthony Hawgood, Toby Scholz, Peter Larcombe, Nick Boston and David Waterhouse. 

Basses - Stephen Wilmot, Simon Madge, Reuben James, Matthew Ryan, David Stocks, Helgi Ingvarsson (2024 trial), Tony Jay and James Pitman (2025 trial).

Artistic Director

Matt Jelf is Founder and Artistic Director of Brighton16. He is Director of Music at Cumnor House School, Sussex, having previously run music departments at Taunton Preparatory School, The English International School of Padua, The Prebendal School (Chichester Cathedral Choir School), Aldwickbury Prep School and St Pauls Juniors in London. 

Matt completed his undergraduate studies as a Baritone at the University of York (2004-2007), followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Education at the Institute of Education (2011-2014). Before academic teaching, Matt worked as a vocal animateur with Sing Up and Rochester Cathedral's Chorister Outreach Scheme, as well as a singing professional and conducting for a number of choral societies and chamber ensembles in the South East. 

Matt's specialism is choral music of the twentieth century, particularly the choral part-song repertoire. Matt has worked as a conductor, choral composer and arranger over many years. Recently, his cantata 'The Legend of Tom Bawcock' for SA voices, piano and narrator received it's world premiere and it is hoped that the work will be published and available in 2024. 

If you are interested in auditioning for the Brighton16 pool of choral singers, please email Matt directly at


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