Dr Brian Latchem was born in Bath. He studied at Culham College, a teacher training establishment and began his teaching career in Felixstowe. He moved to Gorseland County Primary School a few years later to become their music co-ordinator. When a new primary school was built on Martlesham Heath he joined the staff where a few years later he became the Deputy Head.
He studied with the Open University for many years gaining first a diploma and a MA in Education. He was then invited to continue to study for a doctorate in Education which he gained in 2001.
He joined the Dorian Singers in the late 1980’s and became their Assistant Musical Director for several years before joining a national choir, the English Concert Singers. He has travelled extensively throughout the world with this choir and sung in many of the world’s cathedrals as well as odd places like a railway station in Australia at 2.00am and Buenos Aires airport!
Marina Korneva was born in Sergiev Posad, a town to the north-east of Moscow, and graduated in Piano from the Prokofiev Moscow Music College in 1984. From 1985 to 1991 she studied at the Russian State Conservatory in Kazan, where she was a student of Professor E.A Monaszon.
Following an extensive career as a concert pianist, Marina now lives in Ipswich, and teaches piano at Orwell Park School (where she was previously Musician in Residence), Old Buckenham Hall School and privately.
She is also accompanist of Orwell Park School Community Choir.