Max was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge and Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Oxford, where he studied Modern Languages (German) and was responsible for directing the chapel choir. He was a scholar at the Stiftung Maximilianeum, Munich and studied choral conducting at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Munich, where he studied with Michael Glaeser and Andreas Herrmann. Max now enjoys a blossoming career as a freelance conductor, accompanist and educator in the London area.
Max is Director of Music at St Mary’s, Wimbledon, where he conducts the renowned 50-strong choir (adults and children) for the weekly Sunday morning Eucharist and choral evensong, as well as regular cathedral visits (Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and others). Max regularly conducts major choral works with professional orchestras at St Mary’s. Recently he has conducted Bach St John Passion, Handel Messiah, Brahms and Mozart Requiem, Scarlatti’s ten-part Stabat Mater, and Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, the baroque works with members of OAE.
Max is Musical Director of the West Barnes Singers. Recently he has conducted the choir in Faure Requiem, Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn Elijah, George Shearing Shakespeare Songs and Sonnets, as well as a programmes of Gospel and Spirituals music, including Tippett Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time and arrangements by Moses Hogan, and choruses from operas and musicals.
As Organ Scholar of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich, Max regular conducts the scholars of the ORNC Trinity Laban Chapel Choir (made up largely of vocal studies students at Trinity Laban), often in demanding a cappella music, such as pieces composed by Trinity Laban students and, recently, Reger O Tod, wie bitter bist du, and Bach Komm Jesu, komm, Vaughan Williams G Minor Mass and Parry Songs of Farewell. He directed them on a tour to Malta in April 2016, standing in for the Director of Music, Ralph Allwood.
Having founded the Wimbledon Youth Choir with Andrew Lenon QC in September 2015, Max has developed a flourishing group of 35 young singers from fifteen local schools. In their first year, they performed Chilcott On Christmas Night with Thames Philharmonic Choir, Mendelssohn Elijah with West Barnes Singers and have taken part in workshops on gospel music with Ken Burton and groove music with Soo Bishop.
Max was Director of Thames Youth Choir, based at Tiffin School, whom he prepared for performances of Elgar Dream of Gerontius at Cadogan Hall, and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, as well as directing the choir in Handel Coronation Anthems and several programmes of a cappella music, sacred and secular, in concerts in London, the Basque region of Spain, Tuscany and Budapest.
As a conductor, Max also works regularly with Thames Philharmonic Choir and has conducted Tiffin Boys’ Choir, Tiffin Oratorio Choir, South London Singers, Hackney Singers and Citibank Office Choir (as seen in Gareth Malone’s Sing While You Work)
Conducting plans for 2016-17 include Durufle Requiem (in Wimbledon and as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival, at St Sepulchre’s Holborn) two Mozart Missa Brevis (K. 192, K. 194), Bach St Matthew Passion and Cantata BWV 51 “Jauchzet Gott”, Finzi Et in Terra Pax Gounod St Cecila Mass, and the premier of a WW1-themed cantata, commissioned by Eltham Choral Society, In Flanders Fields, by Gareth Treseder. He will prepare Wimbledon Youth Choir for performances in the Wimbledon International Music Festival and concerts at Cadogan Hall and Royal Albert Hall.