Musicians

David Crown - conductor Oxford Bach Choir

David Crown

Music Director

 

We are delighted that David Crown has been appointed as our new music director as from the 2016/2017 season.

 

David Crown has established himself as one of the leading choral conductors in the UK. His abilities as a vocal technician as well as his outstanding gifts as a conductor have placed him in a unique position in his field.

 

Following his choral scholarship at King's College, Cambridge, David went on to further study and then to work as an operatic soloist gaining valuable experience as a singer and a solid vocal technique.

 

David’s subsequent career as a singing teacher spans more than twenty years. He is highly respected and sought-after by singers up to and including those at a professional level and he has worked as a singing teacher at Bristol and Oxford Universities. David was Director of Music at Somerville College, Oxford from 2007 until 2015 and transformed the choir into one of the best mixed voice choirs in Oxford University – releasing two critically acclaimed recordings and touring nationally and internationally. David is currently musical director of the Reading Phoenix Choir, a post he has held for over five years, and more recently, of Cheltenham Bach Choir.

 

David founded vOx Chamber Choir in 2014 to establish a regularly rehearsing and performing chamber choir, working at a semi-professional level. It has gained a burgeoning reputation and following for its superb performances of very challenging repertoire from Tallis and Sheppard to Gorecki and Tavener. His work with choirs and orchestras has attracted superb notices in the UK and abroad.

 

His background as a professional singer, professional viola player and singing teacher have all contributed to the depth he brings to his work

 

To read more about David, please visit www.david-crown.com

Josef Laming

Josef Laming

Accompanist

 

Josef Laming is the organ scholar at New College, Oxford, where he is reading music. Growing up in Leicester, he was a chorister at Leicester Cathedral and studied the organ with Jonathan Gregory and Nigel Allcoat. In 2012 he moved to Oundle School for sixth form on a music and academic scholarship. During his time there, he performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the school orchestra at the Royal College of Music, gained a distinction in his DipABRSM on the piano, and directed Haydn's Symphony No. 6 from the harpsichord.

 

Joe spent his gap-year as the organ scholar at Gloucester Cathedral and was also the accompanist to Wycliffe Choral Society.

Deborah Miles-Johnson

Voice Coach

 

Deborah Miles-Johnson has worked with the Oxford Bach Choir for the past five years. She works extensively as a vocal coach for a number of choirs alongside her singing career as a mezzo-soprano. Her choral workshops are much in demand around the UK and further afield. She has worked with most of the world’s leading conductors and has broadcast frequently for the BBC and Classic FM.

 

Deborah has a diverse musical life, being active in contemporary repertoire which has included recording the backing music for various films such as Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.

 

OBC has performed with many top British orchestras

Orchestras

 

We are privileged to perform with outstanding professional soloists and orchestras, which we feel greatly enhances the enjoyment and standard of our performances.

 

Orchestras have included the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (with whom the Choir performed Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Delius' A Mass of Life in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, in the 1990s), the BBC Concert Orchestra and the New Queen's Hall Orchestra.

 

In the relatively recent past we have performed with the Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia and Charivari Agréable, and have collaborated frequently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the English Chamber Orchestra.

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