Messiah Reimagined December 2020 – Choral Partners

We are delighted to be working with the following choral partners:

Huddersfield Choral Society (HCS) with Gregory Batsleer (Choral Director). The HCS has a choir of around 150 and longstanding junior choirs and has developed an international reputation as one of the UK’s leading choral societies. The choir performs regularly in Huddersfield Town Hall and regularly broadcasts for BBC radio and television. Gregory Batsleer, also a trustee of the London Handel Festival, is an innovative musician and deeply committed to extending the reach of classical music beyond the concert hall.  Gregory is co-Artistic Director of Festival Voices, performing choral music reimagined with live electronic music.

Rodolfus Choir with Ralph Allwood (Choral Director).  A leading young choir, its members are some of the finest young singers, all aged between 16 and 25, and mostly alumni of the Rodolfus Choral Courses. Ralph Allwood founded the The Rodolfus choir in 1982, and co-founded and is conductor of Inner Voices, a choir made up of singers from state schools in London. He is also Director of Chapel Music at Queens’ College Chapel, Cambridge and directed the Rodolfus Foundation’s #VirtualEvensong in May involving  900 singers and reaching over 8,000 viewers during the premiere on YouTube.

Pimlico Musical Foundation (PMF)/Tiffin School Boys Choir with James Day (Artistic Director) Founded by Ralph Allwood in 2015, PMF is a charity that runs music programmes in five primary schools, the Pimlico Children’s Choir and an adult chorus.  PMF is also an additional provider for the Tri-borough Music Hub.  Tiffin Boys’ Choir, founded in 1957, is a state school choir having performed with major orchestras and opera companies, recorded and appeared on radio and television.  James Day is Artistic Director of  PMF and the Tiffin Boys Choir, Artistic Director of Barnes Music Festival and Musical Director of Fulham Camerata and has a growing national and international reputation as a conductor having worked in in China as a guest conductor and choral director.

North London Chorus (NLC) with Murray Hipkin (Musical Director) and Finchley Choral Society (FCS) with Grace Rossiter (Musical Director) will join forces and sing together as one choir in the project.  NLC perform 3 concerts a year, usually at St James’s church, Muswell Hill, North London, singing a varied and challenging repertoire of sacred and secular music with professional choirs and soloists.  Murray Hipkin has directed the choir since 2013.  Director of the Pink Singers, Europe’s longest running LGBT choir, since 2010, Murray also leads English National Opera’s (ENO) Community Choir and appeared in many ENO productions.  FCS is a thriving, 90-strong North London community choir, founded over a hundred years ago to give local people the opportunity to study, practise and perform choral singing.  Grace Rossiter has been Music Director of Finchley Choral Society since 2007 and also directs the Finchley Children’s Music.  Grace regularly works with international orchestral conductors, prepares choirs for large-scale events such as singing with Madonna at Wembley for Live Earth and gave the première of Kerry Andrew’s No Place Like, conducting the Ten Pieces Children’s Choir at the BBC Proms, and has directed the BBC Proms Youth Choir Academy since its launch in 2017.

Kings College Choir London (KCC) with Joseph Fort (Choral Director).  KCC is one of the leading university choirs in England, with a membership of some thirty choral scholars reading a variety of subjects. The choir’s principal role at King’s is to provide music for chapel worship, the choir also frequently sings for worship outside the university, including at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Joseph Fort has directed the choir since 2015 and is the College Organist & Director of the Chapel Choir and Lecturer in Music at King’s College London. He made his conducting debut with Britten Sinfonia in 2017.