Our Team

 
Roger has worked with artists as varied as cellist Andrea Hess and soprano Catherine Bott in recording his music for television.

Roger has worked with artists as varied as cellist Andrea Hess and soprano Catherine Bott in recording his music for television.

Roger Simmonds - Musical Director

Roger is a composer, musical director and teacher. He has written seven operas, which have been performed across the UK including the Young Vic and has written extensively for choirs and voice. He has also composed music for television. Many of Roger’s students have gone on to forge professional musical careers for themselves, and Roger brings his ability to develop young talent to OCO.

Originally a choral scholar at Oxford, David is a keen amateur singer who has sung, directed and produced musicals and operas locally for thirty years.

Originally a choral scholar at Oxford, David is a keen amateur singer who has sung, directed and produced musicals and operas locally for thirty years.

David Willcock -

David is also a teacher and an Emmy-nominated documentary producer. He was Executive Producer of the BBC1 Proms for two years, and, as Managing Director of Spire Films, he made programmes with Delia Smith, Sr Wendy Beckett and Sir Tony Robinson with whom he has also co-authored two history books. David has retired early to work full-time with OCO.

Ruth has produced many plays and musicals for local theatre groups.

Ruth has produced many plays and musicals for local theatre groups.

Ruth Burdett - Chair of Trustees

Ruth has had a long career in educational publishing, commissioning and project managing print and electronic projects across the primary and secondary age ranges. A former Publishing Director of Heinemann Secondary and of Nelson Thornes, Ruth now works freelance as a publisher and project manager.

Dr Roy Gordon - also a keen jazz pianist.

Dr Roy Gordon - also a keen jazz pianist.

Roy Gordon - Financial Director

With a doctorate in Medical Physics Roy has had a successful business career in the field of scientific instrumentation and magnetic resonance imaging with Oxford Instruments and the Bruker Group of Companies. Since retirement Roy now spends his time following his interests in music, antiques and local planning.