Spem in Alium by Candlelight
Tallis – Spem in Alium
Choir of King’s College London
Joseph Fort Conductor
This concert lasts for approximately one hour without interval.
The Choir of King’s College London is one of the leading university choirs in England. Consisting of twenty-five choral scholars and two organ scholars.
The choir performs a large and varied repertoire ranging from the fourteenth century to the present day and has made many celebrated recordings of 16th-century English and Spanish music, reflecting the research interests of its Director. The choir also sings regularly commissioned music, including recent works by Antony Pitts and Susan Lawrie.
The choir’s principal role is singing at services in the College Chapel during term time. In addition, the choir gives many concerts, both in England and abroad. In the UK the Choir has performed recently at the Spitalfields Festival and the Oundle International Festival.
Joseph Fort is College Organist & Director of the Chapel Choir, and Lecturer in Music at King’s College London.
He studied at Harvard University (PhD: expected November 2015), the University of Cambridge (BA, MusB), and the Royal Academy of Music. During his time in Massachusetts, Joseph was Resident Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Director of Music at Grace Church, Newton, and Artistic Director of the Sine Nomine Choral Ensemble. At Cambridge he was Organ Scholar of Emmanuel College, and prior to that was Organ Scholar of All Saints Margaret Street. Conducting highlights of the past year included Bach’sSt. John Passion, Howells’s Requiem, and Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil. As an organist, Joseph has broadcast on UK and US radio.
As a scholar, Joseph’s work focuses on dance-music relationships in Haydn’s minuets. He has given/will give conference papers at American Musicological Society’s annual meeting, the North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, the Mozart Society of America and the Society for American Music. At Harvard, his teaching was recognised with the university’s Certificate of Distinction, the Certificate of Excellence, and the Oscar S. Schafer Prize. He served Harvard College as Senior Resident Tutor of Eliot House.