FREE Lunchtime Concert Sound of St Martin’s Series: Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields
The Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields perform a selection of English Songs including music by Purcell, Warlock, Quilter and Vaughan Williams, directed and accompanied by Jeremy Cole.
The Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields have an essential musical role at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Each year ten scholars – many of whom are music college students or graduates – are appointed to sing Choral Eucharist and Evensong every Wednesday during term time. They also gain concert experience through our lunchtime and evening concert series, and benefit from an extensive programme of training in different aspects of church and choral music. Recent highlights of the scheme include participating in A Celebration for Ascension Day live on BBC Radio 4 under the direction of John Rutter and performing with Streetwise Opera in aid of the Connection at St Martin’s. In July 2014 the Choral Scholars toured York and Northumberland, and in May 2015 they visited Berlin.
Jeremy Cole is assistant director of music at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, where he is the principal organist and plays for all regular and special services, as well as concerts and special events, in one of London’s busiest churches and concert venues. He is the founder and artistic director of Illuminare Choir, a professional chamber choir with a growing reputation. Jeremy pursues a busy freelance career as an organist, conductor and piano accompanist, working regularly with soloists, choirs and instrumentalists, and as a continuo player. Jeremy was organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge from 2010 – 2013. He appears on disc with Trinity College Choir on their Gramophone Award-winning disc of the music of Herbert Howells, and features as accompanist and organ soloist on their acclaimed recording of the music of Kenneth Leighton. Jeremy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and has studied the organ with Colin Walsh, Stephen Farr and David Briggs.