Mozart Mass in C minor by Candlelight
Mozart – Mass in C minor
John Baird Conductor
Medici Choir was established in 1951 to perform during the Festival of Britain. They were originally known as the ‘United Hospitals Festival Choir’, and indeed most of the choir members at the time had some kind of connection with hospitals in central London.
The choir is a large group of over sixty voices, young and old. In addition to their concerts every year, they take part in a Christmas carol service at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church in Wandsworth Common.
John Baird hails from Greenock and maintains a strong affinity with the West of Scotland, despite making London his home since his college days. He studied at the Royal College of Music under Herbert Howells and Sir Adrian Boult. Subsequently he has divided his career between composing, conducting, playing and teaching – mainly at Westminster School, becoming Director of Music there in 1983 and then Composer-in-Residence from 1996 – 1999.
After a career largely spent in the environs of Westminster Abbey, John now enjoys working in Wandsworth Common. Besides composing and teaching, he is organist and choirmaster at the local church, St Mary Magdalene.
The Brandenburg Sinfonia is one of the most dynamically versatile musical organisations in the country. In recent years the orchestra has performed in the majority of the major venues across the country, and in London. Future tours include: France, Germany, USA, Japan and Hong Kong.