Carl De Figueiredo
Photography by K Stogden
Photography by John Sloper
Claire first began leading a choir when invited to cover for the choir master at her church when she was just 14. Since then, she has been involved in a range of musical projects, voluntary and professional, and has been running Four Hills Music with her husband, Martyn, since its inception in 2007.
Currently her conducting covers community singing projects and church choirs around North Enfield and Barnet. She is also a qualified counsellor, and as such has the privilege of witnessing the power of healing through music and singing. She very much regards her musical and therapeutic works as complementary.
As a vocal soloist and as an alto section member, she has performed with a variety of groups, including Enfield Choral Society, North London Brass, English Jazz Orchestra and Adoramus Choir. She has performed in a number of venues, including the Watford Coliseum, Hertford Theatre and St Paul's Cathedral, and further afield touring Italy, France and Turkey.
Martyn is a versatile musician and plays just about any instrument you can think of in any style. He is currently studying cello, in the belief that it's never too late to learn something new. He works as a professional jazz pianist and teacher, and is Director of Four Hills Music. He holds a Degree in Music and Literature, and was born and bred in North London.
Carl is a classically trained pianist and singer and has performed with a wide range of ensembles including the Imperial Trio (which he founded), the English Baroque Choir, the London Choral Studio and the Philharmonia Chorus, to name but a few. On a Tuesday evening, he can be found singing tenor across from Claire singing alto at Adoramus rehearsals in North London.
He is also organist and choir director at St Paul's RC Church in Wood Green.
One of his performing highlights was to accompany the renowned soprano, Patricia Rozario, at a Christmas Concert at the Guards Chapel.