Autumn in the Alps Concert, 27 October 2019 at 19h00
St. Peter's Church, Château d'Oex
- Mary Hall, Cello
- Daniel Woolley and Rob Gore, Piano
- Chloe Hall and Grace Stephens-Spada, Vocals
David Hall, Vicar Chorleywood, United Kingdom
David’s mother Marthe Perret was born in L’Etivaz – sixth of nine children – and brought up in Chateau d’Oex, where her father Renee Perret was the village watchmaker. Marthe Perret married and settled in the UK, where she brought up five boys, and David, the youngest, frequently visited the village for childhood holidays. David’s uncle Jean Perret still lives in the village.
In recent years, David has been delighted to renew his connection with Chateau d’Oex, frequently bringing his wife Mary and four children to visit the area. Mary is a professional cellist based in London, and David is Vicar of Christ Church Chorleywood, where he looks after a large staff team and congregation, as well as being Rural Dean of Rickmansworth.
David worked for the Royal Household as a domestic servant at Buckingham Palace, Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House, during his student holidays, while completing his first degree in Business Studies at London’s University of Greenwich. On graduation he worked in Public Relations Consultancy and progressed into management, his projects ranging from crisis management for terrorist bombing to the promotion of single malt whisky. After a second degree, this time in Theology at Oak Hill Theological College, where David was elected Student President, he was ordained in 2000. He has served in parishes in the Wirral, Sussex and now Hertfordshire. This is his fifth visit to St Peter’s as locum chaplain.
Rob Gore, Head of Music and Drama JFK School
Daniel Woolley, BBC
David works for the BBC, and is an accomplished pianist, as well as being responsible for many of the most famous orchestrations of the All Souls Orchestra.
Chloe Hall, Student
Chloe Hall is a drama scholar at Pipers Corner School, High Wycombe, where she is also Deputy Head Girl, and recently starred in the lead role in the school production of Sister Act. As well as acting professionally, she has performed in numerous concerts and productions in Israel, Poland, France and Greece, as well as “Prom Praise for Schools” at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Grace Stephens-Spada, Student
Grace is 14 years old and loves music. Grace joined Salisbury Cathedral School at 9 years of age. ultimately becoming Head Chorister.
Salisbury Cathedral has had an unbroken tradition of child choristers for the past 900 years. It was the first Cathedral in the country to appoint an independent girls choir to complement the boys choir. In contrast to other Cathedral Choirs, Salisbury’s Girls Choristers have equivalent responsibilities to the boys; singing a minimum of 4 services a week each. At Salisbury, Grace studied voice under Philip Lawson , himself a King’s Singer and Grammy award winning Composer. As a Chorister Grace was taught by David Halls, Salisbury’s acclaimed Director of Music and during her time with the Choir, Grace had the opportunity to record, both for Radio and Television, singing concerts in a range of venues, supporting Diocesan liturgy and charitable causes. The Choir also tours internationally and during Grace’s time with the Choir she had the opportunity to tour in California, singing at Stanford, Carmel, Saratoga, Belvedere & San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. Since leaving the Choir, and moving onto secondary school Grace has sung with Oxford’s Exon Choir in Southwark Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and in their own college of Exeter, Oxford. In May this year she was invited to sing the part of Youth in Mendlesohn’s Eiijah under Jeremy Summerley at the Mayfield Music Festival, and this coming November she will be a soloist in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas again under Jeremy Summerley.
Grace has now moved on to The Kings School Canterbury where she continues to be heavily involved in music and Cathedral Liturgy. She sings in several choirs and plays violin in their Symphony Orchestra and ensembles. Away from school Grace loves spending time with her brother and sister, dog Toby and of course visiting La Lecherette and Chateau Doex!