Farewell to Mark Williams, Director of Music

As the Combined Choirs return from a successful and highly enjoyable tour to Italy, it is time to say goodbye to our Director of Music, Mark Williams. After studying as organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, he secured the prestigious role of Assistant Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, London, in 2000. He joined Jesus College as in 2009, and has led the choir with great expertise and enthusiasm both in the UK and abroad.

Under his leadership, the choir has performed many of the great works in the choral repertoire, including Bach's St Matthew and St. John Passions and Handel's Nelson Mass, culminating with a performance this term of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in collaboration with three other Cambridge choirs. The choir has travelled to India, Sri Lanka, the USA, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong and China among other places, and has participated in charity work providing singing workshops to disadvantaged children. At home, the choirs have performed concerts all around the UK, and have recorded six CDs, the last of which will be released in early 2017.

Most of all, under Mark's directorship, singing in the choir has always been thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable for choral scholars and choristers alike - and the whole Jesus College Chapel and Choir community would like to thank him for the tireless work that he has put in, and wish him the best of luck in his next role as Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Mark will be succeeded at Jesus by Richard Pinel at the start of 2017 - we are all looking forward to it!

Posted on 19 December 2016

Combined Choirs depart for Italy

Today the men, women and choristers left Cambridge for Venice to begin their tour of northern Italy. They are looking forward to exploring the walled town of Cittadella, where they are staying, and they are excited to be performing in Abano Terme and Padua, before finishing the tour with a Mass in the Basilica Santa Maria Glorioso dei Friari, in Venice. They return on Sunday.

Posted on 14 December 2016

Mixed choir in Manchester and Birkenhead

Yesterday the Mixed Choir departed Cambridge for Manchester, where they visited Manchester Grammar School. They enjoyed meeting pupils, and gave a Christmas concert on the school hall in the evening, including a piece with the school choir. Today they travelled to Birkenhead, where they gave a workshop with the choir of Birkenhead School before going to St Saviour's Church in Oxton for more Christmas music in the evening.

Posted on 6 December 2016

Joint Evensong at Clare College

Today the Choir sang a joint Evensong service with the Choir of Clare College, in Clare College Chapel. The choirs sung music for St. Cecilia's day by Britten and Howells, and were treated to Formal Hall afterwards by their Clare counterparts. The choirs have collaborated numerous times in recent years, including a joint Evensong in Jesus College Chapel last Michaelmas.

Posted on 22 November 2016

Elgar - Dream of Gerontius

Yesterday the Combined choirs joined the choirs of Clare, Gonville and Caius and Selwyn colleges along with choristers from St. Catharine's college and Ely Cathedral to give a performance of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in Ely Cathedral. The choirs were accompanied by Britten Sinfonia, and directed by our own Director of Music, Mark Williams. The choir enjoyed the chance to work with the distinguished soloists and orchestra, and to perform one of the most iconic works in the choral repertoire.

Posted on 13 November 2016

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