Favourite carols from this year’s GCU Carol Concert at the Cadogan Hall, introduced by our conductor Brian Wright. “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” is followed by “We Three Kings”.
Here you see our new trainee conductor, William Cole, rehearsing Goldsmiths Choral Union this week. Less than three weeks to go until our next concert: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Janáček’s Otĉenáš. Come and hear this exciting programme of chamber versions of popular 20th century choral works at St John’s Waterloo on Friday 7 November. Click here to buy tickets online.
Following recent auditions, Goldsmiths Choral Union is delighted to announce that from September 2014 William Cole is to be their new Trainee Conductor. The two year appointment will see William shadowing the work of our music staff and having lessons with both Music Director Brian Wright and his Assistant and Accompanist Stephen Jones. He will also be heavily involved in forming and conducting a GCU youth choir in the Kensington and Chelsea area of London, Goldsmiths Young Voices. William Cole, 23, recently graduated in music from Clare College, Cambridge. He’s a singer, cellist, pianist and composer. One of his compositions was broadcast recently by the Britten Sinfonia on BBC Radio 3 and over the summer he’ll be attending the Dartington Conducting Course, having an anthem of his performed at Evensong on 31 July at the Three Choirs Festival and writing a piece for the Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski. As a conductor, Will was the conducting scholar for CUMS, conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and of several student choruses. He is currently Graduate Musician in Residence at North London Collegiate School and Choral Director of the Youth Music Centre in North London.
In 2014 GCU received 22 applications for the post of trainee conductor. In June 2014 four of them auditioned with the choir after which William Cole was appointed to the post.
The Trainee Conductor Role.
The role was designed as a two season Apprenticeship starting in September 2014. Will Cole shadowed the Music Director Brian Wright and received tuition from him of approximately 30 lessons per season before GCU’s Wednesday evening rehearsals at Baden Powell House in South Kensington. Each week Will conducted part of a full rehearsal as a supervised session. He made his debut with GCU conducting the Mozart Litany on 26th March 2015 at the Cadogan Hall.
Both Brian Wright and CGU thoroughly enjoyed Will’s two years with the choir and we were sorry to say good bye to him in September 2016. We have no immediate plans to take on another trainee conductor but we will definitely consider it again at some stage in the not too distant future.
Come along and enjoy singing two great choral classics unter the direction of GCU’s renowned Muisc Director, Brian Wright. There’s a friendly stmosphere, with wine available afterwards.
Baden Powell House
Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5JS
Corner of Cromwell Raod and Queen’s Gate, nearest tube stations are South Kensington or Gloucester Road.
£9 for each evening or £10 on the day.
Save by paying £15 if you book for both concerts in advance
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