Musical Director – David Ireson
The fascination of David with the fusion of words and music started when he was a chorister at Newcastle Cathedral, and has grown throughout his musical life. He sang in the Schütz Choir for Roger Norrington and the Monteverdi Choir. He currently sings with Vox Musica in the UK and abroad and was a Lay Clerk in St Albans Cathedral Choir for many years. He was founder and director of the Hardynge Choir and the Fayrfax Consort and directed Musica Deo Sacra in Tewkesbury Abbey for many years. He taught at St Albans School and retired as Senior Master in 2004. He now sings with the Fayrfax Consort which does concerts with eight voices. He conducted the first performances of the community opera Alban in St Albans Cathedral and in London. He conducted Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti) and Noye’s Fludde (Britten) as community operas locally. He has conducted for St Albans Chamber Opera since its foundation 1985 – Die Fledermaus (Strauss) in 2018. He runs consort singing days at Benslow Music.
“I enjoy my rehearsals and concerts with Carillon as they are a very sociable group, prepared to take on a wide variety of periods and styles and are ready to be challenged with interesting music. I have done a number of first performances with them and also involved instrumentalists from baroque bands (a concert with James Bowman) to wind quintets, pianists, organists and even handbells. If you are looking for some enjoyable singing I recommend Carillon to you.”
Crispin’s career as a conductor began when he formed his own early music ensemble of voices and instruments, The Musicall Compass, whilst a post-graduate student at the Royal College of Music. After directing them in a series of baroque cantata concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, he went on to direct them in many live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and at venues including Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square, the Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio Theatre, and at the South Bank Centre. He continues to direct them in a series of collaborations with musicians of other genres and with dancers, with the aim of presenting ancient music in novel and striking ways. He currently also directs four other choirs, and is frequently invited to conduct orchestras and other choirs as a guest conductor. He has conducted ensembles both small and very large, his largest being a production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde which included over a thousand children performing alongside professionals and celebrity participants.
Crispin is very active as a solo singer, performing frequently as a lieder recitalist, as an oratorio soloist for various societies and as an opera singer. Over the last two years he has performed opera roles including Mozart’s (eponymous) Figaro, Leporello (in Don Giovanni), and Don Alfonso (Cose fan tutte).