Musical Director - John Cuthbert

John enjoys a varied musical life of piano accompanist, répètiteur, musical director, chamber musician and singer. As a piano accompanist he has performed in the Wigmore Hall, London with Katherine Crompton (Soprano), Fairfield Halls in Croydon, London with Edward Grint (Baritone) and the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall with Emilie Renard (Mezzo-Soprano). In 2017, he won the accompanist prize in the AESS Dame Patricia Routledge song prize in which he accompanied fellow prize-winner, Katy Thomson. John is also a Samling Artist and former Piano Accompaniment Fellow at the Royal College of Music.

As an orchestral pianist, celeste and harmonium player, John has worked with the City of London Sinfonia, London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. With the latter, John has performed in Bucharest, Frankfurt and Lucerne as well as the Royal Festival Hall in London.

As well as these John has worked as a répètiteur with English Touring Opera and the National Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Company. In 2017 John became the Musical Director of Opera in Oborne, staging intimate performances of operas, both well-known and less familiar, in a village church in Dorset. He now also works regularly with Opera Della Luna for whom he répètiteured their production of Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers for its UK premiere in 2022. This year he was Assistant Musical Director for Opera Della Luna’s production of Charles Dibdin’s Sweeney Todd: The String of Pearls, a Victorian melodrama, with extracts of contemporary music of the mid-19th Century providing incidental music as well as songs and underscore for the scenes.

Aside from playing the piano, John is also a tenor, and sings in the choir of All Saints’ Margaret Street in London, as well as deputising for the choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and St George’s Windsor.

Accompanist - Andrea Kmecova

Born in Slovakia, Andrea Vargas Kmecová is a classically trained pianist and piano teacher. Graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava (Slovakia) and Trinity College of Music, London, Andrea is passionate about bringing the art of piano playing to people through her educational and performing work.

Andrea has been teaching piano in schools and privately for over twenty years. She aims to combine creativity with teaching methods based in structured plan. Most of her students achieve excellent results in exams and auditions. In 2014 Andrea founded a private piano studio in Greenwich, Piano Maestros, with a vision to offer regular concert opportunities and piano-related events for her private pupils.

In September 2022, Andrea started working as a peripatetic piano teacher at Radnor House Sevenoaks, where she also undertakes a role of an accompanist for grade exams.

Andrea is a versatile pianist performing regularly as a soloist, vocal and instrumental accompanist, and chamber musician. Her professional work encompasses classical recitals, private events, recording sessions, cruise ship engagements and interactive therapeutic concerts in care homes and community centres.

Andrea played at some leading venues and festivals, including The Royal Overseas League, the Houses of Parliament, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and at a concert for Sofia, former Queen of Spain in the Royal Palace, Madrid.

In 2012, she collaborated with jazz musician Jamie Cullum for his BBC Radio 4 programme Jamie Cullum’s Piano Pilgrimage; other television appearances include BBC2, Slovak Television, Bulgarian Television, National Cypriot Television, and Turkish ATV. She is featured on a few CD albums of vintage-inspired singer Patricia Hammond; Our Lovely Day, Songs of the Great War, and She Wrote the Songs played on BBC Radio 2 and 3.

Andrea worked as an official staff accompanist at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Junior Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, and she plays regularly for the Take Note Choir based in Blackheath. She is also the resident pianist at the Clarendon Hotel in Blackheath, and organist at St James C of E in Kidbrooke, SE3.