Choral Institute at Oxford Choir-In-Residence
GRAMMY® -nominated and one of Westminster’s premiere ensembles, Westminster Williamson Voices is in attendance as the Choral Institute at Oxford’s Choir-In-Residence. Conductors have the opportunity to work with this group during choral rehearsals and a final performance. Westminster Choir College has been setting the standard for choral excellence for 93 years and offers students the opportunity to perform each year 48 with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.
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The Westminster Williamson Voices at The Choral Institute at Oxford, 2015
Entreat Me Not to Leave You (Dan Forest), James Jordan, Conductor
Westminster Williamson Voices Biography
Named for the founder of Westminster Choir College, John Finley Williamson, The Westminster Williamson Voices has been praised by reviewers on both sides of the Atlantic. Founded by James Jordan, the ensemble has quickly distinguished itself in the choral world for its distinctive artistry, recordings, educational outreach and its mission to perform new music. The choir has additionally distinguished itself as a living choral laboratory. The ensemble is the only choir in the world that uses chant as the center of its musicianship study and performance. This emphasis has grown out of its residencies and study at the Choral Institute at Oxford. The choir has embarked on a three-year project studying the performance practice and spirituality surround the works of Arvo Pärt.
In July, 2013, The Williamson Voices had the unique privilege of performing as part of the world’s Britten 100 celebration, participating in the 50th anniversary re-enactment performance of the original premiere of St. Nicolas in the Lancing College Chapel in Sussex, where the piece was premiered with the composer conducting. That concert was attended by representatives of HRH Queen Elizabeth and members of Parliament. As part of that performance, with the Bernardi Chamber Orchestra, the choir performed the world premiere of Agnus Dei by James Whitbourn with the composer conducting. In 2013, the choir also gave its UK debut performance at Oxford as part of the Westminster Choral Institute at Oxford and the SJE Artist series. The choir also performed as part of the SJE Artist Series, performing Annelies under the direction of the composer with renowned British soprano, Elin Manahan Thomas.
In April, 2014, the choir made its Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall performing James Whitbourn’s Annelies. This past summer, as the choir-in-residence at the Choral Institute of Oxford, the choir performed with the renowned Choir of New College, Oxford under the direction of Edward Higginbottom. The choir also was conducted by Oxford conductors Stephen Darlington (Christ Church College) and Daniel Hyde (Magdalen College).