Rachmaninov Vespers by Candlelight
Brandenburg Choral Festival
Rachmaninov – Vespers
New Cambridge Singers
Graham Walker Conductor
Founded in 1986, the New Cambridge Singers is a choir of 35 singers, drawn from a wide range of backgrounds. Membership is by audition every three years. Led by our director, cellist and conductor Graham Walker, we offer five varied programmes a year, which we generally perform both in a historic Cambridge venue, and again in one of the surrounding towns or villages. In addition, we often travel further afield and have given several concerts in London in recent years. Our last overseas trip was to Dresden in April 2016.
Although the majority of music we sing is a cappella or accompanied by piano or organ, we regularly perform with orchestras, including most recently the New Cambridge Players, East Anglia Chamber Orchestra and the Dresden Sinfonia.
Graham Walker is an award-winning cellist and conductor combining an active career directing choirs and orchestras in Cambridge with solo and chamber cello playing around the world. He studied mathematics as a Choral Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, and was subsequently awarded a scholarship and bursary to study cello as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Graham has performed as a solo and chamber cellist across Europe and North and South America. He has recorded, variously as a cellist, singer and conductor for Nimbus, Naxos, Chandos and EMI. His work with his Latin American group Classico Latino has been warmly received by critics in Europe and Latin America, and he is currently preparing for the release of two discs of chamber music by British composer Stephen Dodgson, recorded with the Karolos Ensemble.
Alongside his work with the New Cambridge Singers, Graham is Director of St John’s Voices at St John’s College, Cambridge, and Musical Director of the Haslingfield Choir & Orchestra. He has recently been selected as one of the shortlisted candidates to succeed Stephen Cleobury as Director of CUMS Chorus, and in September 2016, he took up the post of Precentor and Director of Music at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Concerts lasts approximately one hour without an interval.