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.”
Guest Conductor – Richard Brain
Based in north London, Richard Brain is a Conductor, vocal coach and workshop leader. His portfolio includes Director of Music of Christ Church Southgate, Musical Director of Barnet Choral Society and Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society, and Vocal Coach for the Twyford Church of England Academies Trust. He directs hundreds of singers on a weekly basis, exploring music from Renaissance polyphony and madrigals, Baroque classics and the great oratorios to works for children’s choirs and modern commissioned works. Richard is also a guest conductor of the well respected chamber choir Carillon, and previously directed the de Merc Chamber Choir and the Sine Nomine Singers. Equally comfortable directing singers and instrumentalists on a large or small scale, Richard has conducted orchestras including the London Mozart Players, Amadeus Orchestra, Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia, and Hertfordshire Philharmonia as well as the baroque period ensemble Musica Donum Dei.
Major works conducted include Bach B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio and St John Passion, Beethoven Fantasia in C and Mass in C, Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Elgar The Music Makers, Handel Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem, and Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony. Future programmed repertoire features Haydn The Seasons, Smyth Mass in D, and Walton Belshazzar’s Feast. Premiered works conducted include Jonathan Rathbone’s new major concert commission, A Day at the Fair, with Barnet Choral Society in 2015.
As Director of Music at Christ Church Southgate, Richard directs north London’s finest voluntary liturgical choir. Singing a large range of cathedral-standard repertoire, the choir sing at some of the country’s most beautiful and ancient places of worship such as Ely, Peterborough, St David’s, Winchester and St Paul’s Cathedrals, as well as Westminster Abbey. The choir will be touring to Venice in 2019. Richard also directed the choir for their first CD recording in ten years, The Heavenly Architect, released in early 2017.