Romsey Choral Society is delighted to welcome Richard Pearce, who takes up the baton as Musical Director of RCS for the new season, beginning with the Remembrance Day Concert on Saturday November 9th at Romsey Abbey.
Richard Pearce was organ scholar at Trinity College Cambridge, and is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He coaches and supervises singers and instrumentalists for careers in opera and on the concert platform.
He is a talented conductor, pianist and organist and is associated with many well known professional choirs, including the Royal Choral Society, and regularly records and broadcasts with the BBC Singers. He is the organist of choice for the Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestras, and performs regularly in the Promenade Concerts, including the Last Night of the Proms. He also conducts and plays for services at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster, and at the Houses of Parliament.
Since 2009, he has been Musical Director of the Waverley Singers, an amateur choir based in Farnham, with whom RCS has previously performed a joint concert.
The Remembrance Day Concert programme has an interesting twentieth century character. It comprises works by two American composers: Morten Lauridsen’s O Nata Lux, and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, the latter commissioned by the Dean of Chichester Cathedral for the 1965 Southern Cathedrals Festival. Alongside these will be works by two English composers: John Rutter’s Requiem, and Tarik O’Regan’s Dorchester Canticles.
Tickets are available from the Romsey Heritage and Visitors Centre, Tel. 01794 512987 or alternatively visit www.romseychoral.org.uk; or purchase on the door.