Fauré Requiem by Candlelight
Purcell – Hear my prayer
Casals – O vos omnes
Lotti – Crucifixus
Purcell – Thou knowest Lord
Byrd – Infelix ego
Tallis – In manus tuas
Stainer – God so loved the world
Fauré – Requiem
Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Jeremy Cole Organ
Tom Williams Conductor
The Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields is an outstanding liturgical voluntary choir of 25 singers, rooted in Sunday worship at St Martin’s. In addition, they sing for the worship services at all the major church festivals, including Advent, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. The Choir is well known for its broadcasts on BBC Radio and TV recordings, tours and concerts. It has recorded three CDs, Christmas at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Evensong in Blue and a recording, The Art of Worship, in collaboration with the National Gallery. They have toured to Berlin and across the USA, including visits to New York, Atlanta, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Washington DC. They will tour Paris in May 2016.
Tom Williams is the Assistant Director of Music (Choral) at St Martin-in-the-Fields. His primary role is directing the choir of St Martin’s in Sunday liturgies and the Church’s major festivals. He also performs extensively with the group in concerts across the UK and Europe. In addition to his work at St Martin’s, Tom is the founder/director of the award-winning chamber choir, The Erebus Ensemble, which specialises in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music. The group has collaborated with world renowned artists in this field and recently performed a staged version of Handel’s Messiah with Harry Bicket and The English Concert at Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre.
Aside from his busy performing schedule, Tom is a keen scholar and speaker on Early Music and has given lectures on subjects ranging from Allegory in the Eton Choirbook Collection to the Tintinnabuli style of Arvo Pärt. He is the Artistic Director of the Clifton International Festival of Music, which has played host to leading lights in the world of classical music, including The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen and I Fagiolini.
Future projects include a recording, ‘Music for a Royal Occasion’, with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, which will be released later this year
Jeremy Cole joins St Martin’s from his former position as assistant director of music at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, a post he held alongside a busy freelance career in London as a conductor, organist and piano accompanist. Jeremy was organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, and graduated with a degree in music in July 2013. His role in the college chapel involved regularly conducting and accompanying the world-renowned choir in their routine of rehearsals and services, as well as their busy concert and recording schedule. In 2011 he played the organ on Trinity College Choir’s Gramophone Award-winning disc of the music of Herbert Howells for Hyperion, and features as accompanist and organ soloist on their forthcoming 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, and conducting with Stephen Layton. Recent recital engagements have included Westminster Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral.