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St Matthew Passion

St Matthew Passion

Having been given a vocal score as a Confirmation present fifteen years ago, it was especially exciting to have the chance to direct Bach's monumental St Matthew Passion on Palm Sunday this year. We were lucky enough to benefit from Nick Mulroy's outstanding gift for...

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields

I had the privilege and pleasure of directing the premiere of Gareth Treseder's evocative cantata In Flanders Fields - settings of WW1 poetry by John McCrae, Wilfrid Owen and others. Eltham Choral Society were on terrific form, as was baritone soloist Laurence...

Westminster Abbey on New Year’s Day 2017

Westminster Abbey on New Year’s Day 2017

It was terrific to direct the Choir of St Mary's, Wimbledon, for the three services in Westminster Abbey on New Year's Day. We sang Stanford's Te Deum in B Flat, Britten's Jubilate in C, Byrd's Four Part Mass, Howells' Collegium Regale Canticles, Ord's Adam Lay y...

African Sanctus

African Sanctus

Wimbledon Youth Choir took part in an outstanding performance of David Fanshawe's African Sanctus in a concert which also included Cecilia McDowall's A Time for All Seasons, conducted by Neil Ferris. It was the opening concert of the Wimbledon International Music...

Duruflé Requiem

Duruflé Requiem

St Mary's Choir gave two marvellous performances of Duruflé's Requiem, firstly in St Mary's Wimbledon, on 15th October, and then in St Sepulchre's Holborn, as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival. The first concert also contained an hugely exciting rendition of...

Appointed Music Director of Eltham Choral Society

Max is delighted to have started work as Music Director of the excellent well established Eltham Choral Society - a choir numbering some 100 singers. Plans for the first season include Carmina Burana, Vivaldi Gloria, Mozart Requiem, Chilcott On Christmas Night,...

Elijah

Elijah

On 7th May I conducted the combined forces of West Barnes Singers, Wimbledon Youth Choir a handful of singers from Trinity Laban, soloists from the post-graduate courses at RAM and Royal College, and an excellent scratch orchestra of young professionals, in a...

Malta and Prague

Malta and Prague

I have felt like a jet-setter in the past weeks, with two foreign choir tours. Firstly, in Ralph Allwood’s absence, I directed the wonderful Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir on their tour of Malta, which included singing amidst extraordinary...

October update

October update

What a wonderful piece the Mozart Requiem is, which I have just enjoyed directing at St Mary's, Wimbledon, the morning after which I ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon for Prostate Cancer UK, in a time of 1 hour 28 minutes. Now looking forward to directing West Barnes...