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Newbury Spring Festival Chorus was established by Mark Eynon in his first year as Festival Director in 1999.

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 returned in 2022 to prepare the Chorus for another performance, this time with the London Mozart Players performing Mozart’s Coronation Mass. In 2023, the chorus performed a glorious rendition of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. 

Under the direction of its esteemed Chorus Master Janet Lincé, and now Tom,  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.

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 ususally taking place in mid-March.

Tom Primrose, Chorus Master

Tom Primrose is a British conductor, accompanist and coach, particularly known for his work in the field of vocal music. He now works principally in opera, and his freelance work takes him all over the world, including the Palais Garnier and the Bastille with Opéra National de Paris, Opéra de Montecarlo, Det Kongelige Teater og Kapel in Copenhagen, Polish National Opera, Korea National Opera, and the Mariinsky in St Petersburg. In the UK he has also worked for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, the Grange Festival, Shadwell Opera, Opera Holland Park, and Opera South.

He has assisted and chorusmastered for a host of conductors including Susanna Mälkki, Richard Egarr, David Parry, Finnigan Downie Dear, Francesco Cilluffo, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Jean-Luc Tingaud, and most recently assisting Alexander Soddy preparing the music for Deborah Warner’s acclaimed production of Peter Grimes at the Palais Garnier. He is on the music staff at Grange Festival Opera where he is currently chorusmaster. He returns to Paris in September.

He has strong connections with East Anglia where he is Artistic Co-Director of the Southrepps Music Festival, conducts choirs at the University of East Anglia, and acted for a time as Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls’ Choir at Norwich Cathedral.

Amongst a host of other freelance work, he is also chorusmaster of the Newbury Festival and the Cambridge Philharmonic. Tom is also an acclaimed piano accompanist, and has performed in many of the UK’s principal concert halls and festivals, on BBC television and radio, and has collaborated with leading singers and instrumentalists including Ben Johnson, Christina Gansch, Ellie Laugharne, Jonathan McGovern, Sophie Bevan, Mary Bevan, Susanna Hurrell, Ruby Hughes,
Ema Nikolovska, Claire Barnett-Jones, Michael Chance, Jose Maria del Monaco, Javier Camerena, Corrine Winters, Jonathan Bloxham, Ben Baker, Eloise Fleur Thom, Jenifer Pike, amongst many others.

The Chorus have made many memorable appearances at the Festival over the years, a list of which are presented here:

Previous Festival Chorus performances
2019Bournemouth Symphony OrchestraChristiopher SeamanVaughan WilliamsA Sea Symphony
2018Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Stephen BarlowMozartMass in C minor
2017Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra David ParryElgarDream of Gerontius
2016City of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraJohn WilsonVaughan WilliamsFestival Te Deum & Toward the Unknown Region
2015Warsaw Philharmonic OrchestraJacek KaspszykBeethovenSymphony No. 9
2014English Chamber OrchestraStephen BarlowMozartRequiem
2013Philharmonia OrchestraDavid ParryVerdi & Wagner-Verdi – Anvil Chorus -Verdi – Nabucco Chorus Va pensiero -Wagner – Der Fliegender Hollander -Spinning Chorus -Sailors Chorus
2012English Chamber OrchestraDavid ParryVaughan Williams & Parry-Te Deum -Dona Nobis Pacem -Fantasia on The Old Hundreth -Parry Jerusalem
2011
2010English Chamber OrchestraDavid ParryHandelZadok the Priest The King Shall Rejoice My Heart is Inditing Let thy Hand be Strengthened
2009City of London SinfoniaGarry WalkerHaydn Nelson Mass
2008English Chamber OrchestraDavid ParryMendelssohnElijah
2007
2006English Chamber OrchestraRoy GoodmanMozartMass in C minor
2005
2004Orchestra of St. John’sJohn LubbockHaydnThe Creation
2003Philharmonia OrchestraAlexander LazarevGeoffrey BurgonAlleluia Psallat
2002
2001City of London SinfoniaRichard HickoxFinziLo the full, final sacrifice Cong Cylce (premiere for Chorus)
2000City of London SinfoniaRichard HickoxHandel Faure Zadok the Priest Requiem
2022London Mozart PlayersStephen BarlowMozartCoronation Mass
YearOrchestraConductorComposerWork
2023NSF Chorus Tom PrimroseRossiniPetite Messe Solonelle