We regularly engage soloists of the highest calibre, and in addition, we have been fortunate to sing under several eminent conductors. Some highlights are showcased below.
Our Summer 2017 concert was the High Sheriff's Charity Concert, part of the International Organ Festival. Guest conductor Laurence Cummings conducted a truly outstanding performance of the Messiah. Laurence is Musical Director of the London Handel Festival and has come to be recognised, both as conductor and harpsichordist, as one of Britain's most exciting and versatile exponents of historically informed performance. Indeed, amongst both choir and audience, few would surely be able to recall such an exciting and inspiring Messiah.
John Rutter CBE
In November 2011 we sang the Rutter Requiem under the conductor. In 2013 and again in 2015 John honoured us (together with the Cathedral Choristers) with an invitation to sing for him in his highly popular carol concerts in the Royal Albert Hall. Founder of the Cambridge Singers, John has built an international reputation as a composer of numerous Christmas carols and anthems as well as more extended works such as his Requiem, Magnificat and Gloria.
Sir Richard Armstrong
In July 2013 we were joined by the Britten Sinfonia in a memorable performance of Britten's stunning War Requiem under the baton of Sir Richard Armstrong. Sir Richard was Musical Director of the Welsh National Opera from 1973 - 1986 and has led virtually every major U.K. orchestra and such foreign orchestras as the Japan Philharmonic and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
In July 2014 we performed the Verdi Requiem in the Cadogan Hall, London, under the baton of conductor and composer Peter Ash. Artistic Director of the LSSO, Peter has held positions with Kammer-philharmonie Berlin and St. Petersburg Camerata. In the UK, he has worked with many orchestras including the RPO, BBC NOW, London Sinfonietta and SCO.