Category Archives: Narrator

Linsay Martin

Linsay read for the choir during its A Gala Christmas concert in December 2014


Linsay trained at Aberystwyth University, earning a joint honours B.A. in English and Drama. She has participated in many amateur and semi-professional productions: plays, musicals, operas, cabarets and reviews. Highlights include Nellie Forbush in ‘South Pacific’, both Joyce Harper and Miss Gossage in different productions of ‘The Happiest Days of Your Life’ and Third Priest in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ – a professional production which she also choreographed (and understudied Caiaphas and Herod!). Linsay worked as a theatrical dresser and (briefly) wardrobe mistress at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford.

Linsay has also worked in television as a Producer’s Assistant at Euston Films (productions including ‘Capital City’, ‘Selling Hitler’ and ‘Anglo-Saxon Attitudes’), P.A. to the Controller of Drama at London Weekend Television and a Drama Script Editor at the BBC (‘Silent Witness’ series 2 and ‘The Hello Girls’). She re-trained after having her two children and is now a primary school teacher who dabbles in voice-over work, when the opportunity arises.

Lawrence Thornbury

Lawrence read for the choir during its A Gala Christmas concert in December 2014


Lawrence trained at Guildford School of Acting graduating in 1983. While working in Theatre and television, he was offered a job at Tonbridge School in 1989 as an Actor in Residence and this was to be the start of his longest run.

He continued to work as an Actor for the first few years whilst visiting Tonbridge to work with pupils and staff on a wide range of projects ranging from House Plays, GCSE and A Level performance work as well as major school productions. Eventually, having been asked to join the school as Head of Drama, Lawrence settled into the role of a school master and has been at Tonbridge ever since.

Theatre work includes: John Bull, Bristol Old Vic; Candida, Redgrave Theatre Farnham; Hay Fever, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford; Oklahoma!, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford; Married Love, Wyndhams Theatre West End.

Television includes: Selling Hitler, ITV; The Camomile Lawn, C4; Kavanagh QC, ITV. Voice over work includes Dick and Dom Diddy Movies! and The Slammer both for CBBC.

David Matthews

David narrated for the Cantate Choir during its O Magnum Mysterium concert in December 2008

David Matthews, Narrator
David Matthews

After reading English at Cambridge, David taught the subject for 32 years, becoming Head of English and Drama at Nottingham High School and the Manchester Grammar School and then Deputy Head at St. Olave’s, Orpington. Since retiring, he has taught WEA literature classes at Tonbridge and Westerham, has directed plays for churches in Otford and Orpington, and in 2007 read war poems as part of the Sevenoaks Philharmonic Choir’s performance of The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins.

Lonnie Christophers

Lonnie read during the choir’s Remember! concert in November 2006.

Lonnie Christophers, Orator

Lonnie is a graduate in Music from Royal Holloway, University of London and is at present, Head of Drama at The Granville School in Sevenoaks. She has acted in many leading roles for both Stag Theatre Company and Shoreham Village Players including Anna King & I; Alice Killing of Sister George; Hermione Winter’s Tale; Lady Macbeth Macbeth; Judith Bliss Hay Fever; Mrs Erlynne Lady Windemere’s Fan.

With her daughter, Antonia, she has formed Ashes Youth Theatre Company and she also coaches students preparing for LAMDA examinations and for audition for NYT.

James Wallace

James read during the choir’s Remember! concert in November 2006.

James Wallace, Orator

James Wallace is a local businessman who, when time allows, treads the boards with the Shoreham Village Players. He has acted professionally; three summer seasons with the Kent Rep at Hever Castle, sundry outings on the London fringe fringe and the odd commercial and film (very odd in some cases, but all done in the best possible taste!).