Timothy Byram-Wigfield is delighted to have been appointed as Associate Conductor of the Oxford Bach Choir from September 2008.
He has been Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle since September 2004, in which capacity he directs the famous choir of men and boys in its schedule of daily services, as well as providing music for occasions of royal and national significance. As well as directing music for the annual service of the Knights of the Garter, he was privileged to direct the music for the Blessing service following the marriage of HRH Prince Charles and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in 2005. More recently, the Choir has taken part in events to mark HM The Queen’s 80th birthday, and sung at the wedding of Peter Philips and Autumn Kelly. The Choir has recently undertaken two tours to the USA, and recorded for Naxos and Delphian records.
As a choral conductor he has worked with a number of large-scale and symphony choruses. From 1993-1998 he trained the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, preparing works for performances conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, Ivor Bolton, Nicholas Kraemer, and Marcus Stenz, amongst others. Alongside his work in Cambridge from 1999, as Director of Music at Jesus College, he was Conductor of the Northampton Bach Choir. He has deputised for rehearsals of many other choruses, including the London Bach Choir.
As an organist he has given recitals in many cathedrals in the UK, and toured to the USA, France and the Netherlands. A regular recording artist for Regent and Delphian Records, his recordings have consistently met with critical acclaim, including a disc of transcribed overtures from the celebrated Lewis organ in the Kelvingrove Hall, Glasgow, and a disc of music by the Edwardian Alfred Hollins. This year he recorded a double CD set of Messiaen’s early works at the organ of St George’s Chapel, including La Nativité du Seigneur, L’Ascension, and Messe de la Pentecôte. In 2009 he will record a disc of organ music by his predecessor at Windsor, Sir William Harris, for Regent, and a second volume of overtures at the organ of Rochdale Town Hall, for Delphian.
He is also active as a pianist, singer, composer and choral arranger. He teaches piano and organ at Eton College, and is a regular examiner for the diploma examinations presented by the Royal College of Organists.