Salisbury Community Choir is very proud to have the following world renowned composers and conductors as its Patrons. They have been inspirational in encouraging the development of the choir.
Will Todd’s flagship work is the jazz mass setting Mass in Blue, which has been performed more than a hundred times around the world since its 2003 premiere; on most occasions with the Will Todd Trio and Will at the piano. The larger Will Todd Ensemble has also recorded Mass in Blue with the Vasari Singers for Signum Records. His anthem The Call of Wisdom was commissioned by St Paul’s Cathedral for the Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service where it was performed by the Diamond Choir.
He was recently commissioned by SCC to write a work called “The City Garden” for the choir’s 21st Anniversary concert in Salisbury Cathedral. SCC has also collaborated with Will to produce a CD of one part of the “City Garden” entitled “Inside my Heart” to raise money for the Rainbow Trust.
“I was delighted to be asked to be a patron of Salisbury Community Choir, having greatly enjoyed writing The City Garden for them in 2013. I look forward to watching this dynamic and forward-thinking choir go from strength to strength.”
Bob Chilcott works tirelessly as a composer and choral conductor. He has over 125 pieces published by Oxford University Press, two acclaimed recordings on Signum, Making Waves (The Sirens) and Man I Sing (BBC Singers),and he wrote the title tracks for the King’s Singers albums, Swimming over London and High Flight. His Irish Blessing featured on the multi-platinum debut album of The Priests in 2008. In March 2012 his Requiem was released on Hyperion, performed by Wells Cathedral Choir and the Nash Ensemble, conducted by Matthew Owens, and in November two complete discs of his music will appear, one by the BBC Choir of the Year, the Wellensian Consort, and the other, on Signum, on which he conducts the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir.
In 2009 Bob was commissioned to write a new piece called “Salisbury Vespers” which was performed at the Salisbury Festival by 630 singers and musicians. This involved several local choirs including Salisbury Community Choir.
Follow this link to see a little of the concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6ZvWFGt2GI
“I am proud to be associated with this open-hearted, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking group of people who love to sing.”
Malcolm is a renowned conductor much in demand both in Britain and abroad. He has worked with many youth choirs and is currently Chief Executive of the British Federation of Young Choirs, a position he has held since 1999; prior to that he was Assistant Principal at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
In addition to his work for youngchoirs.net, Malcolm conducts two choirs – a chamber choir (the Cavendish Singers) and the 250-strong Midland Festival Chorus (which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary with a spectacular concert in Worcester Cathedral with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) and is in frequent demand as a guest conductor at home and abroad.
He is a consultant to local education authorities and additionally provides support to schools across the land.
“The Salisbury Community Choir, under its astounding and enterprising Musical Director, Jeremy Backhouse, has shown over the years just what an acorn can achieve. It has allowed hundreds of very modest singers to achieve heights of achievement which they probably never dreamt of, working together in the spirit of collaboration and friendship. By branching out beyond Salisbury, the SCC has taken its message of high aspiration and expectation to other parts of the country, delighting audiences wherever it has gone – and, in turn, inspiring others. I am delighted to be associated with such an exciting enterprise. Long live SCC!”
John Rutter’s compositional career has embraced both large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children’s operas, music for television, and specialist writing for such groups as the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the King’s Singers.His larger choral works, Gloria (1974), Requiem (1985), Magnificat (1990), Psalmfest (1993) and Mass of the Children (2003) have been performed many times in Britain, North America, and a growing number of other countries.He co-edited four volumes in the Carols for Choirs series with Sir David Willcocks, and, more recently, has edited the first two volumes in the new Oxford Choral Classics series, Opera Choruses (1995) and European Sacred Music (1996).
He has led workshops for the SCC in Salisbury and continues to inspire the choir.
“Enterprise, energy, excellence – these are just three of the qualities that I instantly associate with the Salisbury Community Choir. Since its foundation, this amazing group has dedicated itself to bringing singing into the heart of its community, involving what must by now be a huge number of people either as singers, as audience, or as beneficiaries of its fundraising. Of course I am especially pleased, as a composer, to note that two of my friends and colleagues, Bob Chilcott and Will Todd, have written magnificent music for you which I know will take a lasting place in the choral repertoire. Long may the singing continue!”
Sir Roger Norrington
Sir Roger Norrington is very much in demand as a guest conductor. He has worked with the BBC Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras and was Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. He has also worked in America, Germany and Austria. Since the 2011/12 season he is the Principal Conductor of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and is also the Principal Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.
“This is splendid community work. Well done everybody.”
Sir Roger Norrington
Sir Karl Jenkins
Sir Karl Jenkins is perhaps best known for his work “ The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace” which has been performed nearly 1000 times in 20 different countries since the CD was released, while his recorded output has resulted in seventeen gold and platinum disc awards. His Adiemus project combining the ‘classical’ with ethnic vocal sounds and percussion, topped classical and ‘pop’ charts around the world.
He has been the subject of the ITV South Bank Show by Lord [Melvyn] Bragg as well as being a ‘castaway’ on ‘Desert Island Discs’ In 2008 Sir Karl conducted Salisbury Community Choir in The Cardiff Millenium Centre, raising funds for the choir’s Fezeka Scholarship Fund.
“I am delighted to lend my support to Salisbury Community Choir. Choirs are a tremendous force for good in any community and I look forward to following the progress of the choir into the future.”
Sir Karl Jenkins