Fauré Requiem by Candlelight
Brandenburg Choral Festival
Britten – Friday Afternoons
Britten – The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
Debussy – Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans
Durufle – Ubi caritas
Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine
Fauré – Requiem
Tiffin Boys’ Choir
Simon Toyne Conductor
Since its foundation in 1957, the Tiffin Boys’ Choir has been one of the few state school choirs to have been continually at the forefront of the choral music scene in Britain. It has given the premiere performances of works by, among others, John Gardner, Christopher Brown, Elizabeth Poston and Antony Pitts, recorded widely for the major recording companies, and undertaken frequent concerts and tours in England and abroad.
The choir has worked with all the London orchestras and performs regularly with the Royal Opera. Recent engagements have included productions of Carmen (Antonio Pappano) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Richard Hickox), Boris Godunov with the Bolshoi Opera, Hänsel und Gretel (Sir Colin Davis), also broadcast on BBC2 TV, performances of Britten’s War Requiem with Antonio Pappano, a series of a capella concerts at the Spoleto Festival and throughout Romania, Britten’s Spring Symphony (LSO/Harding) and Mahler’s Third Symphony with the LSO under Gergiev and the LPO under Rozhdestvensky. The choir enjoys a good relationship with the London Mozart Players, performing most recently Haydn’s Creation.
The choir has made recordings of most of the orchestral repertoire that includes boys’ choir. Notable releases have included Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Klaus Tennstedt, which was nominated for a Grammy Award, Il Trittico (Puccini), Werther (Massenet) and Tosca (Puccini) for EMI and Antonio Pappano, Billy Budd (Britten) with the LSO and Richard Hickox, Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Philharmonia and Benjamin Zander, and Britten’s War Requiem with the LPO and Kurt Masur. Recent releases include Mahler 3 (LSO/Gergiev), Carmina Burana (LSO/Hickox) and Owen Wingrave (CLS/Hickox).
Tiffin School is a state grammar school and specialist Performing Arts College in Kingston-upon-Thames, described by OFSTED as “exceptional”. Almost all the 1200 boys in the school play a musical instrument, and over 100 boys study Music at GCSE and A Level. The school has been closely connected with the formation and development of the National Youth Music Theatre. Several members of the choir have gained choral scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge, singing in the choirs of King’s College, St John’s College and New College.