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Musical Director

Email: t***@***.uk
Leicestershire Chorale
29 South View Uppingham
Leicester , Leicester LE15 9TU
United Kingdom

Company Description: Leicestershire Chorale was founded in 1977 largely by the efforts of Dr Andrew Fairbairn, the then Director of Education for Leicestershire and Rutland, and a...   more
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Tom Williams
Born in Halifax in 1977, Countertenor Tom Williams began singing at an early age. A former chorister of Ripon Cathedral and a music scholar at Uppingham School, he went up to Cambridge University in 1997 where he read music. As Senior Choral Scholar in the world-famous choir of King's College, he was musical director of Collegium Regale; an a cappella vocal ensemble formed by the choral scholars. With them and the main choir, he toured extensively in Europe, the USA, Australia and the Far East.
He now works as a freelance singer, teacher and conductor. As a choral and consort singer, Tom has worked with some of the most prestigious ensembles and conductors in the world and has sung in major international venues such as New York's Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House. He is a regular member of the EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, who were finalists in the 2005 ROSL Competition and twice nominated for an RPS Award. He also sings in Polyphony and is a Choirman at the Temple Church. As a solo artist Tom enjoys both local and international engagements, recently appearing in the Théàtre L'Odéon in Paris as part of a live performance of music for Guy Maddin's film Brand upon the Brain.
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Tom teaches singing at Uppingham School and also works as a vocal coach for the RSCM and the new National Youth Choir of Poland. He has delivered vocal workshops for a number of organisations including Leicester University and the Northampton Bach Choir and coordinated two Vocal Ensemble Courses at the Dartington International Summer School. He is Director of the Leicestershire Chorale, a leading amateur chamber choir that performs a varied and challenging repertoire from large-scale choral works to detailed a cappella pieces. As Artistic Director of Chorale's YouthFindaVoice project, Tom works with students from over ten different colleges and high schools within the Leicestershire area. His brief in this role ranges from working with individual school choirs as a visiting vocal coach, to conducting over two hundred students in performance with a symphony orchestra. In a recent project, he recreated the Honda Civic Choir Advertisement of 2006, with over 100 students at a Leicester College, many of whom had never before sung in their lives, let alone recreated the driving sounds of a family hatchback! He has also directed the Finchley Children's Music Group and the Temple Singers.
Leicestershire Chorale : People
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Leicestershire Chorale : People : Tom Williams
www.leicestershirechorale.org.uk, 26 July 2013 [cached]
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Tom Williams Tom joined Leicestershire Chorale as musical director in January 2005.
Born in Halifax in 1977, Tom Williams began singing at an early age. A former chorister of Ripon Cathedral and a music scholar at Uppingham School, he went up to University of Cambridge in 1997 where he read music. As Senior Choral Scholar in the world-famous choir of King's College, he was musical director of Collegium Regale, an a cappella vocal ensemble formed by the choral scholars. With them and the main choir, he toured extensively both in Europe, the USA, Australia and the Far East.
As a countertenor soloist he has performed Rachmaninov's Vespers in Ghent Cathedral and in the presence of Mikhail Gorbachev, Mozart's Missa Brevis in F in the Lincoln Center New York and the Ravinia Festival, Bach's Magnificat in King's College Cambridge, Handel's Israel in Egypt in Das Neues Dortmunder Konzerthaus, Finnessy's Anima Christi at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Bach's St John Passion in Jesus College Cambridge, Tippett's Lullaby at the Aldeburgh Festival, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms at the RNCM in Manchester, Gabrieli's In Ecclesiis with The English Cornett & Sackbutt Ensemble and both Haydn's Missa in Angustis and Monteverdi's Vespers at the Dartington International Summer School. Other solo performances have included Bach's St Matthew Passion, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Stabat Mater and Bach's B Minor Mass.
Tom now lives in Leicester and works as both a vocal tutor at Uppingham School, conductor and freelance singer. He is a regular member of the EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble with whom he was a finalist in the 2005 ROSL Competition and nominated for an RPS Award in 2006 and 2007. He is also a choirman of the Temple Church. He sings for Stephen Layton's chamber choir, Polyphony. He became Conductor of Leicestershire Chorale in January 2005 and has also directed the Northampton Bach Choir, for its appearance in the Derngate Theatre as part of Aled Jones' Aled On Tour concert of 2007. Under his direction, Leicestershire Chorale was awarded 'Best Classical Performance in 2005' at 'The Week Awards' of the Leicester Mercury.
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Recent projects for Tom have included a solo cantata concert at the beginning of Holy Week with the Temple Players and an appearance in a chamber production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas as part of the Temple Festival in May.
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History of the Leicestershire Chorale
www.leicestershirechorale.org.uk, 10 June 2010 [cached]
After another rigorous selection procedure, Chorale chose Tom Williams as its conductor from January 2005. As the senior choral scholar at King's College Cambridge he had been musical director of Collegium Regale. He combines a successful singing career with Exaudi, Polyphony and SIX8, with singing teaching at Uppingham School. It has taken him very little time to come to terms with the expectations and needs of a successful amateur choir, perhaps not surprising when he his father has been a well known choral conductor in Derbyshire and his further not only sings but accompanies choirs. Under his direction the Chorale has already won the prize for the Best Classical Performance of the Year awarded by the Mercury. The photograph below shows Tom with his singers at an informal summer concert in 2005.
Leicestershire Chorale with Tom Williams 2005
Tom has had some success in addressing the major problem facing most choirs, which is an ageing membership. The Chorale has benefited from an influx of younger voices in all parts and with its current youth programme, which includes choral scholarships for students; it hopes that the process will continue. It is already clear that he intends to expand the choir's repertoire even further. The Church of Holy Cross Priory has an acoustic to rival that of St James, and it was ideal for "A stirring performance of the Vespers" of Rachmaninov. The Mercury went on to describe the performance as "sonorous, passionate and colourful - a tour de force of choral agility". It reported that all eyes were on Tom Williams who produced a superbly balanced tapestry of sound, with wide-ranging dynamics, good attack and glowing tome - underpinned by the splendid basses who came near to the 'organ pedal' sonority of their Russian counterparts. It is most pleasing that the Bass section has doubled in number.
In the short period of two years Tom has conducted works by composers as varied as Handel (Messiah), Lauridsen, Whitacre, Britten (Ceremony of Carols), Skempton, Sullivan, Vaughan Williams, Gabrieli and Schutz. He has been thoroughly involved in the work with schools and has plans for recordings, tours and new works, including commissions.
Leicestershire Chorale : About us : Our history
www.leicestershirechorale.org.uk, 26 July 2013 [cached]
Leicestershire Chorale and Tom Williams Leicestershire Chorale chose Tom Williams as its conductor in January 2005. As the senior choral scholar at King’s College Cambridge, he had been musical director of Collegium Regale. He combines a successful singing career with Exaudi, Polyphony and the Temple Church, with singing teaching at Uppingham School. It has taken him very little time to come to terms with the expectations and needs of a successful amateur choir, perhaps not surprising when his father has been a well known choral conductor in Derbyshire, and his mother not only sings but accompanies choirs. Under his direction Leicestershire Chorale has already won the prize for the Best Classical Performance of the Year awarded by the Leicester Mercury newspaper.
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Tom Williams has been working for a vibrant but more cohesive sound and this process has been helped by the latest additions to the membership, some of whom have professional music experience. Although somewhat flexible, numbers in the bass section have doubled. Tom has also been able to call on deputies when needed or to augment the choir for works with orchestra. The numbers of sopranos and altos have also increased, and auditions help to keep numbers down and ensure a balanced sound.
Tom is also working to expand the choir’s repertoire even further. One of his early triumphs was “a stirring performance of the Vespers” of Rachmaninov in the church of Holy Cross Priory, which has an acoustic to rival that of St James. The Leicester Mercury newspaper described the performance as “sonorous, passionate and colourful – a tour de force of choral agility”. It also reported that “all eyes were on Tom Williams who produced a superbly balanced tapestry of sound, with wide-ranging dynamics, good attack and glowing tome – underpinned by the splendid basses who came near to the ‘organ pedal’ sonority of their Russian counterparts.” This is evidence, if needed, of growing discipline in the choir. Tom has a good idea of what he wants to achieve and expects all his singers to be focussed on that. In his first two years Tom had conducted works by composers as varied as Handel, Lauridsen, Whitacre, Britten, Skempton, Sullivan, Vaughan Williams, Gabrieli and Schutz.
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Through his links with Exaudi, Tom is in contact with contemporary composers and three of them – James Weeks, Ruth Almgill and Howard Skempton (see below) – have become honorary friends of Leicestershire Chorale; and Ruth is the current composer-in-residence for the choir.
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As with his predecessors, Tom is helped by an experienced and hard working committee who, under current chairman, Claire Deare, do much to ensure that programmes are successful.
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