The Choir of Clare

College sang with

great and

subdued beauty.

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  • Graham Ross
  • The Sir William McKie Senior Organ Scholar
  • Junior Organ Scholar
  • Senior Choral Scholar
  • Senior Choral Volunteer
  • Choral Scholar
  • Choral Scholar

Who's who

  • Graham Ross

    The Director of Music

    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, Friends of Clare Music scheme, Clare Choir Alumni Association and secured tours around the world.
     
    He has established an exceptional reputation as a sought-after conductor and composer of a very broad range of repertoire. His performances around the world and his extensive discography have earned consistently high international praise, including a Diapason d’Or, Le Choix de France Musique and a Gramophone Award nomination. As a guest conductor he has worked with Australian Chamber Orchestra, Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Aurora Orchestra, Salomon Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Mozart Players, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Singers, as well as acting as Assistant Conductor to Vladimir Jurowski. He is co-founder and Principal Conductor of The Dmitri Ensemble, and, since 2010, Fellow and Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge.
     
    At the age of 25 he made his BBC Proms and Glyndebourne debuts, with other opera work taking him to Jerusalem, London, Aldeburgh and Provence. A passionate believer in the unveiling of both unjustly-neglected and newly-written works, he has conducted and recorded world premières of a wide spectrum of composers, including James MacMillan, Judith Bingham, Giles Swayne, Vaughan Williams, Imogen Holst, Nico Muhly, Brett Dean and Matthew Martin. Since 2011 he has recorded exclusively for Harmonia Mundi.
     
    As a composer commissions have included BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, O Duo, Park Lane Group, and the Solstice Quartet. As an animateur and through outreach work he has conducted projects in Tower Hamlets, Wigmore Hall, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and overseas in Nigeria, Palestine, across Europe and the USA. He is Artistic Director of Fringe in the Fen, a music and arts festival in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
    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, has served as assistant conductor for Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Jurowski and Diego Masson, and acted as Chorus Master for Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Ivor Bolton, Edward Gardner, Richard Tognetti and Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
     
    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.
     
  • The Sir William McKie Senior Organ Scholar

    George Gillow

    George Gillow is a third-year student reading Music at Clare, where he shares the accompaniment of the choir in its services, tours and broadcasts.  Before coming to Cambridge,   he was organ scholar of Gloucester Cathedral during the academic year 2017–18, where he assisted in the accompaniment of the four Cathedral choirs, the Cathedral’s programme of singing outreach in primary schools and the administration of its busy music department. During the academic year 2018–19, he studied organ and harpsichord at the Conservatoire de Toulouse with Michel and Yasuko Bouvard. Whilst in Toulouse, he played historic organs, explored Mediaeval buildings and pursued his interest in cheese. As an organist he has accompanied the Duruflé Requiem, and as a concerto soloist he has performed JS Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor. He has also directed Clare College Music Society in a performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass and looks forward to further conducting opportunities this year. He studies the organ with Douglas Hollick and James McVinnie, and the piano with John Bryden and Robert Bottone.

  • Junior Organ Scholar

    Samuel Jones

    Samuel Jones is in his second year studying Music. He started playing the organ whilst at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford where he gained valuable experience accompanying the Chamber Choir at venues such as Keble College, Oxford and St. Paul’s Cathedral. In the Sixth Form, he was appointed Organ Scholar of the Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace, London where he had the opportunity to play at a broadcast Ballroom Carol Service from Buckingham Palace and at the Royal Maundy service held at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

    After leaving school in 2019, Samuel spent a Gap Year as Organ Scholar at Portsmouth Cathedral, where he assisted in accompanying the cathedral choirs in their 8 weekly services and the Choral Scholars in concerts throughout the year. He also acted as choir librarian and worked in an administrative role at Portsmouth Grammar School.

    Last year at Clare he enjoyed playing for multiple BBC Radio 3 Broadcasts and became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. In addition to his duties with the chapel choir, he also acts as organist for St. John’s Voices.

    Samuel enjoys performing as a soloist on both the organ and the piano, recently playing works such as Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. Aside from the keyboard, Samuel also plays the oboe in both a chamber and ensemble capacity.  

     

  • Senior Choral Scholar

    Arthur Goggin

    Arthur is a third-year undergraduate reading History at Clare. He sings bass-baritone in the choir and studies with Robert Rice. Arthur is also the Senior Choral Scholar for 2021-22.

    Despite two years affected by COVID-19, Arthur has still had the opportunity to tour to the Netherlands, Iceland and the South-West of England. While singing in the choir he has also recorded an Icelandic disk, as well as previously unrecorded Vaughan Williams music in collaboration with the Britten Sinfonia.

    Arthur is also a keen actor and has drawn on his performance experience as a singer and instrumentalist when involved in university opera society and musical theatre productions. He also enjoys classical theatre and new writing. Most importantly, Arthur hopes to continue the success of the CCCCCCFC football team- victorious in the choir league in both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.

    Arthur says:

    “I think what has truly struck me most about my experience in Clare Choir is not simply how high the standard of music making is, but how wonderful everyone in the choir is too; I feel incredibly lucky to have met a group of such kind and humorous people. As term begins to intensify, or if a reading list seems particularly arduous, I know I can find release at evensong and afterwards have a chat over a cup of tea or a pint with some of my closest friends.”

     

     

  • Senior Choral Volunteer

    Rosina Griffiths

    Rosina has just completed her undergraduate degree in Classics at Murray Edwards College and is now studying for an MPhil in Classics, also at Murray Edwards. This will be her fourth year of singing as an alto in Clare Choir. During that time, she has been fortunate enough to perform in concerts across the UK as well as in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Spain, Hong Kong, Macau, China, The Netherlands and, most recently, Iceland.

    Alongside her choir duties, Rosina enjoys singing in operas, giving solo recitals, and playing the violin in various college music society orchestras. She also writes as an agony aunt for Varsity and volunteers in the Museum of Classical Archaeology.

    Rosina says: “I have gained so much from my time in the choir; my mind has been enriched by the musical opportunities, the tours, and the chance to hear and engage with the lively, passionate and intelligent voices that make up our community. I feel so incredibly lucky and grateful to have regular chances to sing extraordinary music and to have met so many wonderful people along the way — not to mention that choir provides some much-need work/life balance! Singing in Clare Choir has been a dream come true and it remains an integral part of my university experience.”

     

     

  • Choral Scholar

    Victoria Longstaff

     

     

    Victoria is a third-year undergraduate student reading Music at Clare College. She sings tenor in the Choir, studying with Robert Rice, and has a particular interest in early music. She has performed in tours across the globe, picking up souvenirs, memories and the Dutch for “sorry, I don’t speak Dutch” along the way. 

    Victoria is an officer on the Union of Clare Students committee. She enjoys cooking, particularly for groups of friends, and firmly believes that over-seasoning food is all but impossible.

    “The most satisfying part of being a Choir member for me is our role within the College community. Participating in important events within the College’s life - Graduation, Matriculation, and the Installation of the new Master - is very rewarding, and I think it is a great thing that students at Clare can access music being performed at such a high standard every week during their time here. The Choir also, of course, provides its members with excellent opportunities to develop as singers; it’s often said that experience is the best teacher, but only ever by people who haven’t met the singing teachers associated with the Choir.”

     

     

  • Choral Scholar

    Louise Turner

    Second soprano Louise Turner is a fourth-year undergraduate at Clare, where she studies History and Modern Languages.

    Before arriving in Cambridge, Louise spent a year working as a Musician in Residence in a school, during which time she also sang in the Youth Choir of Gloucester Cathedral and played in the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra.

    As a member of Clare Choir, Louise studies singing with Helen Groves where she continues to work on her solo voice and repertoire. Louise has particularly enjoyed the large joint events performed with other Cambridge choirs and orchestras and even professional groups such as the OAE. Singing in King’s Chapel really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! She has also been lucky enough to leave Europe for the first time with the choir, touring to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Spain, East Asia, and the Netherlands, and she looks forward to the many exciting experiences still to come.

    Also a violinist, Louise has performed with ensembles across the UK and Europe, including at the Royal Albert Hall, and in many Cambridge venues with the Clare College Music Society – for which she has also acted as secretary.

    After a Year Abroad spent in Berlin, Louise says: “Singing with Clare Choir has given me some of the best experiences I’ve had in Cambridge so far, and I’m so excited to be back in the stalls again!”