Conducting Oxford University’s largest non-auditioning choir, drawing people in from all across the university community is a very special experience. In the past, the Chorus has performed various pieces in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford Town Hall and University Church.
Key information and responsibilities for conductors:
- Rehearsals once a week for 2 hours (Wednesdays 7-9pm)
- Freedom to choose the music piece(s) for rehearsals and concerts
- Putting on one concert at the end of each term in 8th week, including organizing orchestra and soloists
- You will be part of a wider OUC committee, including Secretary, Publicity and Treasurer position.
Lewis Hammond is a countertenor from Maldon in Essex. Between 2016 and 2017 he was a choral scholar at Chelmsford Cathedral where he received singing lessons from Colin Baldy and gained his DipABRSM in singing. Lewis has recently sung as the soloist in performances of Handel’s Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Bach’s St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, and the B minor Mass. He is now reading Music at New College, Oxford where he sings in the choir. He currently receives singing lessons from Bronwen Mills and has recently participated in a series of masterclasses with Andreas Scholl.
In addition to his singing, Lewis has conducted a range of orchestral and vocal music. This includes Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus, Porpora’s Salve Regina in F, Marcello’s Oboe Concerto and a variety of Bach cantatas. In his first year at Oxford he has established the Wykeham Consort, an ensemble primarily focused on the performance of baroque music. The ensemble’s most recent programme was comprised of Bach cantatas for Quinquagesima (BWV 22, 23 and 159) and also included one of the Tafelmusik suites by Telemann.
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