Newbury Spring Festival Chorus was established by Mark Eynon in his first year as Festival Director in 1999.
Under the direction of its esteemed Chorus Master Janet Lincé it has attracted singers from all walks of life with a shared love of music who audition each year as part of the Festival’s continually expanding community programme.
We were delighted to welcome Tom Primrose to take over as Chorus Master in 2019. He has made an instant impression on both the singers and audience, leading a remarkable performance of Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony. Tom returns in 2020 to prepare the Chorus for another performance, this time with the London Mozart Players performing Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
If you are interested in joining the Chorus, please contact the Chorus Manager Paul Millard by email: [email protected] or via the Festival office.
All good singers are welcome to apply, especially tenors and younger singers (over 16 years of age) who may be less experienced.
Rehearsals will be held on Thursday evenings in St Nicolas School, Newbury, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, with the first rehearsal on Thursday 5 March 2020.
Tom Primrose, Chorus Master
Tom Primrose is a British conductor, accompanist and coach based in London. He is mainly known for his work in the field of vocal music, working with opera, song and choral repertoire.
He studied at Worcester College Oxford with Robert Saxton and the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek and Malcolm Martineau, during which time he won a number of prizes for piano accompaniment.
He has strong connections with Norfolk where he co-directs Southrepps Music Festival, conducts the Choir and Chamber Choir at the University of East Anglia, and was formerly Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls’ Choir at Norwich Cathedral. He is on the music staff at Grange Festival Opera in Hampshire, where he worked as chorus-master and an assistant conductor, as well as a repetiteur. He is also Director of Music at St John’s Notting Hill and Assistant Director of Music at St Luke’s Chelsea.
Tom has performed in many of the UK’s principal concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Sage Gateshead and the Elgar Room Royal Albert Hall. He has collaborated with many of the leading singers and instrumentalists of his generation including Ben Johnson, Susanna Hurrell, Mary Bevan, Christina Gansch (whom he accompanied to her 2014 Ferrier win), Jonathan McGovern, Michael Chance, Sarah-Jane Davies, Javier Camarena, Clare Presland, Jenny Stafford, Richard Dowling, Bozidar Smiljanic, Henry Neill, Timothy Morgan, Adam Temple-Smith, Eloisa-Fleur Thom, Jonathan Bloxham, Brian O’Kane, Ben Baker, Emily Garland, Edward Ballard, among many others. He has featured regularly on radio and television both in the UK and abroad.
He has also toured widely both as a conductor and pianist, particularly in Italy and Scandinavia, and his choirs have been broadcast in the UK and abroad. Work in opera has also taken him recently to Poland and South Korea. He has prepared choirs for Yan Pascal Tortellier, David Parry, Sharon Choa and others and has assisted a number of other conductors.
The Chorus have made many memorable appearances at the Festival over the years, a list of which are presented here:
|2019||London Mozart Players||Stephen Barlow||Mozart||Coronation Mass|
|2018||Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra||Stephen Barlow||Mozart||Mass in C minor|
|2017||Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra||David Parry||Elgar||Dream of Gerontius|
|2016||City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra||John Wilson||Vaughan Williams||Festival Te Deum & Toward the Unknown Region|
|2015||Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra||Jacek Kaspszyk||Beethoven||Symphony No. 9|
|2014||English Chamber Orchestra||Stephen Barlow||Mozart||Requiem|
|2013||Philharmonia Orchestra||David Parry||Verdi & Wagner||-Verdi – Anvil Chorus -Verdi – Nabucco Chorus Va pensiero -Wagner – Der Fliegender Hollander -Spinning Chorus -Sailors Chorus|
|2012||English Chamber Orchestra||David Parry||Vaughan Williams & Parry||-Te Deum -Dona Nobis Pacem -Fantasia on The Old Hundreth -Parry Jerusalem|
|2010||English Chamber Orchestra||David Parry||Handel||Zadok the Priest The King Shall Rejoice My Heart is Inditing Let thy Hand be Strengthened|
|2009||City of London Sinfonia||Garry Walker||Haydn||Nelson Mass|
|2008||English Chamber Orchestra||David Parry||Mendelssohn||Elijah|
|2006||English Chamber Orchestra||Roy Goodman||Mozart||Mass in C minor|
|2004||Orchestra of St. John’s||John Lubbock||Haydn||The Creation|
|2003||Philharmonia Orchestra||Alexander Lazarev||Geoffrey Burgon||Alleluia Psallat|
|2001||City of London Sinfonia||Richard Hickox||Finzi||Lo the full, final sacrifice Cong Cylce (premiere for Chorus)|
|2000||City of London Sinfonia||Richard Hickox||Handel Faure||Zadok the Priest Requiem|