Houston Chamber Choir, Bob Chilcott, Benjamin Britten, The Who
ABOUT SIMON CARRINGTON: Simon Carrington, Yale University professor emeritus, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music, performing as singer, double bass player and conductor, in the UK and the USA. From 2003 to 2009 he was professor of choral conducting at Yale University and director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a 24-voice chamber choir which he brought to national and now international prominence. From 2001 until his Yale appointment he was director of choral activities at the New England Conservatory, Boston, where he was selected by the students for the Krasner Teaching Excellence Award, and from 1994 to 2001 he held a similar position at the University of Kansas. Prior to coming to the United States, Mr. Carrington was a creative force for twenty-five years with the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble The King's Singers, which he co-founded at Cambridge University. The King's Singers gave 3,000 performances at many of the world's most prestigious festivals and concert halls, made more than seventy recordings, and appeared on countless television and radio programs, including nine appearances on the Tonight Show with the late Johnny Carson. Mr. Carrington keeps up an active schedule as a freelance conductor and choral clinician, leading workshops and master classes round the world. Once a year he also gathers together his own ensemble, the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers for concerts and recordings. Simon divides his time between London and southwest France, where he lives with Hilary, his wife of 43 years.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON CHAMBER CHOIR: The Houston Chamber Choir is a professional ensemble dedicated to increasing the awareness, appreciation and esteem of choral music and musicians through performance, outreach and education. Described by Peter Phillips, founder of the Tallis Scholars, as "one of this country's leading ensembles," the Houston Chamber Choir was established in 1995 by Artistic Director Robert Simpson. The Choir has toured internationally from Mexico to Wales and appeared nationally at conventions of The American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, and most recently at Trinity Wall Street in New York and Yale University where it presented a master class and concert. The Chamber Choir is showcased on the world premiere recording of Psalmi ad Vesperas (1694) by late 17th century Italian composer Giovanni Paolo Colonna, currently available on the MSR label.
Photo of Simon Carrington courtesy of the artist