The Director of Music

We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Summerly has accepted a permanent post as the Director of Music for St. Luke's Choir. We are obviously overjoyed at this news, and are looking forward to some inspirational music-making under his guidance.

Jeremy Summerly has given concert tours throughout Europe and the United States as well as in Israel, Palestine, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Botswana. He has conducted at the BBC Proms, at the Aldeburgh, Exeter, Docklands, and Kumamoto Festivals, and at the Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg. He has conducted world premières of music by Sir John Tavener, Giles Swayne, Tarik O.Regan, Viktor Ekimovsky, and Dimitri Smirnov, UK premières of music by Franco Donatoni and Maciej Zielinski, and the London première of I am the true vine by Arvo Pärt.

He founded the Oxford Camerata in 1984, conducted Schola Cantorum of Oxford from 1990-96, was Director of Music at Christ Church Chelsea from 1999-2002, and Artistic Director of the Palladium Musicum Rome-Tivoli Festival in 2007; he has also acted as guest conductor for the Rundfunkchor Berlin, The Tallis Chamber Choir, the Elysian Singers of London, and The Cardinall's Musick.

As well as working with choirs he founded the Oxford Camerata Instrumental Ensemble in 1992, the Royal Academy Consort in 2002, and the Oxford Camerata Baroque Orchestra in 2007. He has also conducted the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Slovenia, the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Manchester, the Ensemble Ste Geneviève in Paris, and the Britten Sinfonia in Oxford.

As a BBC Radio writer and presenter Jeremy has made programmes in locations all around the UK as well as in France, Belgium, Holland, Iceland, Israel, Palestine, and the United States, and he has contributed articles to Early Music, The Musical Times, BBC Music Magazine, Choir & Organ, Leading Notes, and Classic CD. He has conducted over forty recordings spanning the music of nine centuries, has edited four volumes of medieval and Renaissance music for Faber Music, and is Sterndale-Bennett Lecturer in Music at the Royal Academy of Music where from 1996-2007 he was Head of Academic Studies.

The Organist

Ben Frost studied music at Exeter University, graduating with Distinction in performance, was Organ Scholar at Exeter Cathedral and became an associate of the Royal College of Organists. After University he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where his tutors included Gordon Back and Graham Johnson, and trained as a repetiteur at the National Opera Studio.

He has worked with the BBC, Lesley Garrett, Nelly Miricioiu, Marianne Cornetti, Sally Matthews, English National Opera and The Opera Group on several productions including Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Madam Butterfly, Cosi fan tutte, Magic Flute, La Boheme, La Cenerentola and Eugene Onegin.

His experience as an accompanist and chorus master ranges from silent films at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, to The Boy Friend, Cabaret, Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti and several rarely performed operas with Chelsea Opera Group. He has also accompanied the London Symphony Chorus, the London Philharmonic Chorus and the BBC Singers.

He is currently working as a freelance repetiteur and is also Assistant Director of Music at St. Luke's, Chelsea. He has also appeared on In Tune for Radio 3 and Operatunity for Channel 4. He has given many organ recitals, including Exeter and Bristol Cathedrals and Westminster Abbey. His conducting experience includes Mozart's Coronation Mass with Stanley Hall Opera and The Barber of Seville and Don Pasquale with Opera A La Carte.

He was recently working on Duke Bluebeard's Castle and The Rite of Spring at ENO and will be conducting Tosca for Opera A La Carte in 2010. More information can be found on Ben's personal web page.

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