CONCORDIA VOICES

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Apocalypse Singers
Apocalypse Singers

Chris Hodges
Chris Hodges

Neil Ferris
Neil Ferris

William Petter
William Petter

The History of Concordia Voices

Concordia Voices started life as The Apocalypse Singers having been founded in 2000 by Christopher Hodges, a former New College, Oxford Choral Scholar who went on to sing with The Clerkes of Oxenford and then with The Sixteen, of which he remains a Trustee. See some photographs.

The choir was renamed Concordia Voices in 2003 at the time of Neil Ferris's appointment as Musical Director. Neil was a choral scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London and has a Master’s degree in Performance Studies from the Royal College of Music, where he specialised in conducting. See photographs of Neil's first concert.

After eight rewarding years of development for the choir, Neil was succeeded by William Petter in September 2011 and an exciting new phase in the choir's history began. William started his singing life as a chorister at New College, Oxford, under the direction of Edward Higginbottom and completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, for which he gained the highest award, distinction with DipRAM.

The choir has been fortunate to have excellent accompanists, all of whom have taken rehearsals from time to time. Christopher Cromar was the first, then Alex Chaplin and currently Paul Ayres. Read more about Paul on the page Accompanist.

The choir has performed many concerts, both in southwest London, where it is based and also further afield. Highlights include two Midland Sinfonia Concert Series appearances in Alvechurch, a summer concert in St John Smith Square, singing the services at Llandaff Cathedral, a nationally reviewed Messiah in Christ Church Spitalfields and regular Advent concerts in St. Luke's Chelsea. The choir has made tours to Berlin, Caen, Paris, Brussels, Luzerne and Bruges. Equally important have been the concerts supporting various charities, for example Eyes Right. Notable recent performances have been Handel's Dixit Dominus with a small chamber orchestra at the 10th anniversary concert and Brahm's Requiem, performed in the original scoring for piano duet caccompniment.

As well as singing a traditional chamber choir repertoire Concordia Voices has a keen interest in performing contemporary works and has sung works by Jonathan Dove, James MacMillan, Jonathan Rathbone, Paul Ayres, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, John Tavener and Patrick Larley. In 2005 the choir gave the London premiere of Naji Hakim's Messe Solennelle and in 2009, the first performance of a specially commissioned piece by Paul Spicer.

Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms in March 2016 was William's last concert with the choir. William gave the choir nearly five years of inspirational and enjoyable music-making which was exceedingly rewarding and beneficial for the choir.

During the autumn 2016, Jack Apperley was appointed musical director for the choir and will take up his position in the new year. Find out about Jack on the page Musical Director.

Alex Chapman
Alex Chapman
Concordia Voices
Performing in Berlin
Chris Cromar
Chris Cromar