Max Barley, appointed as our Conductor at the start of 2018, was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge, and later organ scholar of St John’s College, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages. He has studied conducting in London and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich, where his teachers have included Neil Ferris, Michael Gläser, Denise Ham, Ralph Allwood and Martin Neary. He is Director of Music at St Mary’s Wimbledon and Music Director of West Barnes Singers, Eltham Choral Society and Wimbledon Youth Choir. He was formerly Assistant Director of Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Trinity Laban Chapel Choir. Recent and forthcoming highlights include St Matthew Passion with Nicholas Mulroy and members of the OAE, and Verdi Requiem in Southwark Cathedral. He has worked on choral courses in UK and China, including Eton Choral Courses, National Children’s Choir and National Youth Choir of Wales.
Our Conductor Laureate, Howard Williams, who founded the choir in 2000, has conducted most of the leading orchestras of the UK, as well as many leading European orchestras. Howard studied Music at Oxford and Liverpool Universities and Conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, then joining the music staff of English National Opera for six years. In addition to his continuing work with orchestras at home and abroad, Howard has developed a strong and continuing association with choirs both with and away from the orchestra, including the BBC Singers, the choirs of Austrian Radio and of Bavarian Radio, the Hungarian State Choir, the French Army Male Voice Choir, and Leeds Festival Chorus.
Saturday 15th February
London SW1W 9AL
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