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Mr. Tom Williams

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Musical Director

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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 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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Leicestershire Chorale : About us : Our history
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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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Tom Williams joined the Leicestershire Chorale as musical director in January 2005.
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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 06 and 07. He is also a choirman of the Temple Church. He sings for Stephen Layton's chamber choir, Polyphony. He became Conductor of the 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, 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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Tom Williams
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 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.
As a countertenor soloist Tom 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, Bach's Magnificat in King's College Cambridge, Handel's Israel in Egypt in the Dortmund Neues Konzerthaus, Finnessy's Anima Christiat the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Bach's St John Passion in Jesus College Cambridge, and Tippett's Lullaby in the Aldeburgh Festival.
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Tom now lives in Leicester and works as a vocal tutor, conductor and freelance singer. He is a member of the choir of the Temple Church, Polyphony, Oxford Camerata and the EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble. With the latter he recently appeared as a finalist in the 2006 Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition and was nominated for an RPS Award in 2006 and 2007. The group performs regularly for the BBC and other European broadcasters.
Tom has recently formed a new six-man a cappella vocal ensemble, SIX8 and became conductor of the Leicestershire Chorale in January 2005. He has received much critical aclaim so far for his direction of Chorale, winning the Leicester Mercury's 'The Week Awards' category for Best Classical Performance of 2005. In February 2007, he made his conducting debut at Leicester's De Monfort Hall, directing a chorus of 300 and the Leicestershire Camerata in John Rutter's Feel the Spirit. He will conduct a similar event in 2008, involving the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. In April 2006, he directed the Northampton Bach Choir and the singer-presenter Aled Jones in the Derngate Theatre in Northampton.
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