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Spring Recital No. 4 | Christopher Ouvry-Johns and Tom Williams

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To commence Holy Week, Tom Williams and Christopher Ouvry-Johns perform Vivaldi's 'Stabat Mater.' Funded by the Culture Recovery Fund.

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A former choral scholar of King’s College in Cambridge, Tom Williams now enjoys a freelance career as a professional countertenor, conductor and singing teacher. He has been a core member of the internationally-acclaimed new music vocal ensemble EXAUDI since 2003 and a regular choirman of the Temple Church for over twenty years. He sang for many years in Stephen Layton’s choir Polyphony and has also performed with The Choir of the Enlightenment, The Tallis Scholars and The Hanover Band. He has directed Leicestershire Chorale, a choir of serious amateur and some semi-professional singers since 200 and has also directed the Bardi Symphony Orchestra and the Leicestershire Camerata. He teaches singing at both Uppingham and Oundle Schools and for some years worked as a vocal coach for the RSCM. As a soloist he has appeared in premier venues both internationally and within the UK, also broadcasting for radio, television and on the internet. He has sung as a soloist at concerts and religious services given in honour of both President Mikhail Gorbachev and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and has featured on recordings for both the Signum and Métier labels, singing the music of Henry Purcell and Christopher Fox respectively.

Christopher Ouvry-Johns is Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral, having previously been Choral Director in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds and Deputy Chorus Master of Leeds Philharmonic Society. He sang with the choirs of Jesus College and King’s College whilst a student at Cambridge University, and was Organ Scholar at Durham Cathedral and conductor of Durham University Symphony Orchestra whilst undertaking doctoral research. He studied Church Music at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf and won all the top prizes at ARCO.

He conducted the Cathedral Choirs for BBC Television’s Easter Sunday broadcast in 2014 and was responsible for the musical provision both at the ceremonies surrounding the Reinterment of King Richard III, watched by over 350 million people, and the Royal Maundy Service in 2017. He has led workshops on English Church Music in Germany and directed the RSCM Cathedral Course in Rochester in 2016. When time permits, he enjoys engagements as a baritone soloist.

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