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The Director of Music is always willing to meet with prospective music students and Choral Scholars at any point throughout the year
Graham Ross is Director of Music and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. Responsible for all practical music-making in the College, he builds on and seeks to enhance the continued excellence of musicianship of Clare’s instrumentalists, composers, conductors, and the internationally-renowned Chapel Choir. He continues to broaden the liturgical repertoire by commissioning new music, and to develop the Choir’s schedule of concerts, broadcasts and international tours. Since he returned to Clare as Director of Music in 2010, he has established a new recording relationship for the Choir with Harmonia Mundi, instituted the Clare College Masterclass Series and Friends of Clare Music scheme, and secured tours to the Netherlands, France and Australia.
He studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and conducting at the Royal College of Music, London. He held a conducting scholarship with the London Symphony Chorus, and has served as Chorus Master for Sir Colin Davies, Ivor Bolton and Edward Gardner. He guest conducts ensembles and orchestras across the UK and beyond, with recent performances with Tallis, Kensington, Haydn, East Anglia and Covent Garden Chamber Orchestras. In 2010 he made his BBC Proms and Glyndebourne debuts, with other work taking him to Jerusalem, Nigeria, Aldeburgh, Provence and London. He holds a special relationship with Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Denmark, where he has appeared many times as guest conductor.
With The Dmitri Ensemble he has conducted acclaimed première recordings of works by James MacMillan, Judith Bingham and Giles Swayne (all for Naxos) and discs of previously-unrecorded works by Vaughan Williams (Albion Records) and Imogen Holst (Harmonia Mundi).
A composer and conductor of a wide range of repertoire, he has had works performed throughout Europe and beyond. A passionate believer in the unveiling of both unjustly-neglected and newly-penned works, he has given numerous first performances as both a pianist and conductor of a very broad spectrum of composers. Recent performances have been given by, amongst others, Aurora Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, O Duo, and the Solstice Quartet, at the Edington, Colourscape, Al Bustan (Lebanon), Musique-Cordiale (Provence), Three Choirs and London Contemporary Church Music Festivals, at venues including LSO St Luke’s, Wigmore Hall, Westminster Abbey and Sydney Opera House.
Graham Ross is always willing to meet with prospective music students and Choral Scholars interested in applying to Clare College at any point throughout the year. There will be an opportunity to offer advice, informally sing a piece of your choice, and to discuss the choral admissions process.
"Joining the Choir at Clare has been one of the best decisions that I have made while at university!"
"Joining the Choir at Clare has been one of the best decisions that I have made while at university! Singing Choral Evensong three times a week is really something to look forward to and is often very relaxing after a stressful day, when you can put aside whatever else you’ve been thinking about and just focus on enjoying the music.
The Choir has links with many churches and concert venues around the world, as well as CD labels, meaning that at some point during almost every vacation we are either on tour, giving concerts, or recording beautiful music in gorgeous acoustics, something that I particularly look forward to.
Singing in the choir has been a focal point of my time at Cambridge so far, and I know that the friends, music, and memories I’ve made will be long-lasting."