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Simon Carrington

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Simon Carrington

The English choral conductor, teacher, adjudicator and bass player, Simon Robert Carrington, studied at the Christ Church Cathedral Choir School, Oxford; The King's School. Canterbury; King's College, Cambridge; New College, Oxford; MA (Cantab); Teaching Certificate (Oxon); Choral Scholar', King's College, Cambridge.

In 1967 Simon Carrington co-founded co-founded at Cambridge University the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble The King's Singers, and was its Director for 25 years. He gave 3,000 performances at many of the world's most prestigious festivals and concert halls, made more than 70 recordings (for EMI), and appeared on countless television and radio programs including: Regular TV appearances worldwide, including Live at The Boston Pops, 1983; BBC TV series, The King's Singers Madrigal History Tour, 1984; On Stage at Wolftrap, PBS TV, USA, 1986; ABCTV (USA) The Sound of Christmas: Salzburg, 1987; nine appearances on the Tonight Show with the late Johnny Carson!

In 1994 Simon Carrington moved to the USA. From 1994 to 2001 he was director of choral activities at the University of Kansas. From From 2001 to 2003, he held similar position at the New England Conservatory. In 2003 he was appointed Director of the Yale Schola Cantorum and professor of choral conducting at Yale University, where he has also led the introduction of a new graduate voice degree for singers specializing in oratorio, early music, art song, and chamber ensemble. He has taken Yale Schola Cantorum to perform at the two major choral conventions in the USA where they received standing ovations and his recordings with the choir of baroque masterpieces by Bach, Biber and Bertali have received rave reviews. In 2008 he conducts Dvorak Te Deum and Prokofiev Alexander Nevski at the International Choir Festival in Szczecin, Poland, the Choir and Rebel Baroque Orchestra at Trinity Church Wall Street, the Desert Chorale in Santa Fe and returns as president of the international jury at the choral festival in Leipzig, Germany.

Simon Carrington maintains an active schedule as a freelance conductor and choral clinician, leading workshops and master-classes round the world. He has conducted the Monteverdi Vespers in Barcelona, the Faur Requiem in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Beethoven's Meeresstille with the Texas All State Choir, Georg Frideric Handel's Messiah in Dublin and the Rachmaninov Vespers in Victoria BC with singers from all over Canada. He is a regular guest conductor at the Monteverdi Choir Festival in Budapest and the Tokyo Cantat in Japan and leads annual workshops at the Chamber Choir Festival in Sarteano (Italy), and the Yale summer festival in Norfolk, Connecticut. He also was Festival Director: Summer in the City Festival, The Barbican, 1988, 1989; Major Festival appearances worldwide; Freelance Double Bass Player; Director, Choral Summer Schools, Marlborough College, Wiltshire, and Berwang, Austria.

Discography

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Santa Fe Desert Chorale : Glorious Voices, Sacred Spaces : 00  1 CD : Simon Carrington : 

Santa Fe Desert Chorale : Glorious Voices, Sacred Spaces

Review: Glorious Voices, Sacred Spaces, their great cathedral programming, opened the Chorale's 26th consecutive season with a program that celebrates life and remembers death. This program consists of literature that ranges from the 16th century through the late 20th century. The selections on this program are some of the most celebrated works in the choral repertoire and were chosen to stir the heart and lift the soul. Conducted by Simon Carrington at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis with 24 singers

Songlist: Die Deutsche Liturgie, Missa Papae Marcelli, At The Round Earth's Imagined Corners (from Six Songs of Farewell), Schaffe In Mir, Gott (op. 29, No. 2), O Sacrum Convivium, Take Him Earth for Cherishing , Song for Athene

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6135c 00 1 CD $14.95


Yale Schola Cantorium - Simon Carrington : Bertali - Missa Ressurectionis : 00  1 CD : Simon Carrington :  : 5013

Yale Schola Cantorium - Simon Carrington : Bertali - Missa Ressurectionis

Review: According to a note on the cover of the original manuscript, which survives in the Castle Archives at Kromeriz in the Czech Republic, Bertali's Missa Resurrectionis was performed in Vienna, seat of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, on Easter Sunday 1666. The Missa Resurrectionis is one of several dozen settings by Bertali that include all five sections of the Common of the Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Benedictus, and Agnus Dei. This was by no means always the case - various religious feasts required only a Missa brevis (Kyrie and Gloria only), while others also included a setting of the Credo. Two motets by the North German singer-composer Christian Geist (1670-1711) set suitable Easter texts: Resurrexi et adhuc tecum sum is the Introit for Easter Sunday, while Surrexit pastor bonus comes from the Matins service for Easter Monday. Directed by former King's Singer Simon Carrington this is a most fascinating recording.

Songlist: Kyrie, Toccata in C, Gloria, Alleluia; Surrexit pastor bonus, Sonata Petri et Pauli, Credo, Resurrexi et adhuc tecum sum, Sonata a 3, Sanctus, Benedictus, Sonata a 7, Sonata a 3, Agnus Dei

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8675c 00 1 CD $15.95 Early Music CDs


Simon Carrington : The Empowered Choral Rehearsal : DVD : Simon Carrington :  : DVD-828

Simon Carrington : The Empowered Choral Rehearsal

Review: Simon Carrington spent 25 years with The King's Singers, the internationally acclaimed choral ensemble celebrated throughout the world for achieving the highest levels of excellence in singing. Now he brings his wealth of experience as a choral conductor to the mechanics of directing vocal ensembles in this phenomenal DVD. Carrington's overriding passion for engaging every singer in the ensemble is revealed in detail as visionary choral educator James Jordan gives Carrington the reins of The Westminster Williamson Voices of Rider University's Westminster Choir College. Always inspirational, Carrington is both kind and demanding as he navigates the challenges contained in the journey of any choral score. The DVD comes with a detailed printed outline of the content as well as a discussion between Simon Carrington and James Jordan regarding choral rehearsal procedure. Whether used for private study by conductors or for viewing by choral ensembles to deepen their understanding of the choral rehearsal process, Simon Carrington's The Empowered Choral Rehearsal will show you how to empower your rehearsals-and your singers.

Songlist: Complete choral warm-ups , Exercises for ear development via the warm-up, Rehearsal procedures for Renaissance music , Rehearsal procedures for Romantic music , Essentials of choral diction, Techniques for improving choral intonation , Achieving subtlety of text nuance , Balancing suspensions, Achieving choral balance within the ensemble, Listening techniques for choirs

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6462dvd DVD $24.95 Rehearsal Material

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