Musick’s Praier: The Glory of English Choral Music

Quire Cleveland celebrates the glorious tradition of English choral music with guest conductor Tim Brown of Clare College, Cambridge. From Renaissance masters like William Byrd to the romantic Ralph Vaughan Williams to contemporary composer Giles Swayne, the sonorities are exquisite and inspiring.

Renowned as a choral conductor, Timothy Brown served 30 years as director of the Clare College Choir of Cambridge University. He earned international acclaim through concert tours around the world and a discography of more than 50 recordings. Come hear his Cleveland début as guest director of Quire Cleveland, when Maestro Brown shares his expertise and artistry in a program that celebrates the great English choral tradition, from Renaissance masters to those still thriving today.

The program features works by the early Renaissance composers John Taverner and Thomas Tallis, their successors William Byrd and Henry Purcell, Romantic favorites like Charles Villiers Stanford, and more recent masters like Ralph Vaughan WilliamsLennox Berkeley, and Giles Swayne (b.1946). The range of harmonies is sure to provide drama and interest, with appeal to one and all!

Saturday, October 29, 2011, at 7:30 pm
Trinity Cathedral
2230 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH

TICKETS: $20 adult; $10 senior (65+); $7 student (full-time). Free parking at Trinity Commons; nearby parking also available at Cleveland State University Lot SG (free with parking ticketed validated at Trinity).

Timothy BrownTim Brown comes from a family of musicians. His grandfather was a professional singer, and singing was part of family life from the very beginning. Following his brother into the choir of Westminster Abbey, Tim had there his first introduction to the music of Monteverdi and Bach, as well as to the 500-year-old tradition of English cathedral music.

He was later an alto choral scholar in the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, under the legendary Sir David Willcocks, and a layclerk in New College Choir, Oxford. He then became a founder-member of The Scholars vocal ensemble. After some years as a schoolteacher, in 1979 he was named Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge University, where he was an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Music. With the choir of Clare College he made regular overseas concert tours and many acclaimed radio broadcasts and CDs, including recordings of music by John Rutter, John Tavener, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Under his leadership, Clare College Choir undertook successful projects with eminent international conductors, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Ivor Bolton, and René Jacobs (with whom the choir recorded Handel’s Messiah).

During his tenure at Clare College, Tim Brown also re-founded the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, with whom he gave many acclaimed concerts of Bach and Handel oratorios, and also recorded music by Christopher Tye and Samuel Barber. In 1986 he founded English Voices, with the intention of creating a professional choir for young professional singers, the majority of whom came from the distinguished choral background of Oxford and Cambridge.

His work with Clare College Choir, Cambridge University Chamber Choir, and English Voices has brought Tim Brown an international reputation as a choral trainer and conductor; he is much in demand as a guest conductor all over the world and as a choral clinician. This season includes concerts in Finland, Israel, Germany, and the USA, as well as a revival of Belshazzar in Toulouse.

In 2010 Tim retired as Director of Music of Clare College to pursue a freelance conducting career, but remains involved in university music-making as co-Director of the newly-formed Cambridge University Consort of Voices, and as visiting Director of chapel music at Robinson College. In 2011 he was appointed founding artistic director of the Zuercher Sing-Akademie.

Tim Brown is a contributing editor to the complete edition of the Music of William Walton (Oxford University Press) and editor of a number of other choral editions.