Esther Jones | Deputy Music Director Esther Jones is a professional conductor specialising in choral music and music education. She is a former member of NYCGB and is now Deputy Music Director, overseeing the Junior Choirs. Esther read music at Oxford University, where she was organ scholar of University College. She studied choral conducting with Patrick Russill and Paul Brough at the Royal Academy of Music, winning several prizes and gaining a distinction for her MMus, which included research in choral pedagogy. In 2007 she became the first Open Academy Fellow; she is now a part-time tutor at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is the choral conducting specialist for the LRAM teaching diploma and teaches the undergraduate Vocal Ensemble. Esther is in demand across the UK and beyond as a conductor, teacher, adjudicator and animateur. She directs several choirs including the Esterhazy Singers of London and Brighton Festival Youth Choir, and is a founder-member of Vox Angelica vocal trio. Recent projects include conducting the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and massed primary school children in a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria, directing music on BBC Radio 4's Sunday Worship, conducting Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Southwark Cathedral, performing alongside Vanessa Redgrave in the Brighton International Festival 2012, conducting the African premiere of Alexander L'Estrange's Zimbe in Nairobi, Kenya, and directing Brighton Festival Youth Choir on the soundtrack of the recently-released film version of Brighton Rock. Esther has also been a guest reviewer on Radio 3's CD Review programme. Esther was music consultant for a recent education project for the Church of England, developing a web-based resource bank of songs and liturgy for use in collective worship (www.worshipworkshop.org.uk). She also works as a church music consultant, leading training events, music for worship and speaking at conferences.