Since its founding in 2002, the LFCCM and its annual Festival had been generously hosted as an artistic project of St Pancras Parish Church. For several years, however, both the Festival’s Administrators and the church’s staff and governing council had been in agreement that, both for the financial independence of the Festival as well as its independent governance, it was important for the Festival to become a separate legal entity.
The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music was established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) independent of St Pancras Parish Church on 7 June 2022.
- The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music page in the Charity Commission register of charities
The Trustees of The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music have a diverse collection of performance, compositional, management, administrative, and fund-raising skills. Together, they work to further the Festival’s aims and ensure its long-term sustainability.
Graham Ross has established an exceptional reputation as a sought-after conductor and composer of a very broad range of repertoire. He is co-founder and Principal Conductor of The Dmitri Ensemble and Director of Music and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, with whom his performances around the world and his extensive discography have earned consistently high praise. In demand as a regular guest conductor of other ensembles in the UK and abroad, recent collaborations have included performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Aalborg Symfoniorkester, DR Vokal Ensemblet, Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, and international tours with the Choir of Clare College.
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. 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, Lydia Kakabadse and Matthew Martin. He has conducted in more than twenty albums, and since 2011 he has recorded exclusively for Harmonia Mundi.
His composition commissions have had premieres by the BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, O Duo, Park Lane Group, and the Solstice Quartet. He is founder and Artistic Director of Singers Abroad and a Trustee / Patron of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. He is a regular contributor on BBC Radio and has recently appeared as a guest presenter on “Inside Music”. In 2021 he was made an Honorary Fellow the University of Macau, where he was presented with a Half Moon Award for the Arts in 2019. 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 assistant conductor for Vladimir Juroswki, Diego Masson, Sir Roger Norrington, Nicholas Collon, and acted as Chorus Master for Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Ivor Bolton, Edward Gardner, Richard Tognetti and Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
Ronald Corp, OBE, SSC is a composer, conductor, and Anglican priest. He is founder and artistic director of the New London Orchestra (NLO) and the New London Children’s Choir. Ronald is musical director of The London Chorus, a position he took up in 1994, and is also musical director of Highgate Choral Society. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to music.
He has worked with the BBC Singers, the BBC Concerto Orchestra and various orchestras in the United Kingdom and abroad. Among an extensive discography are his award-winning Hyperion discs of British Light Music Classics. His own compositions include four symphonies, two piano concertos, concertos for flute recorder and cello, three string quartets and a clarinet quintet. His choral works include large sacred cantatas (including And all the trumpets sounded) and shorter works for unaccompanied choir including Dover Beach, commissioned for the BBC Singers. He has written over one hundred songs and significant cycles include Fields of the Fallen and Letters from Lony as well as the scena The Yellow Wallpaper. His operas include The Ice Mountain (for children) and The Pelican.
His experience and expertise in choral directing are crystallised in the textbook The Choral Singer’s Companion, which is now in its third edition.
Ronald attended the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme to prepare for the priesthood. He was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1998 and a priest in 1999. From 1998 to 2002, he served as a non-stipendiary minister (NSM) of St Mary’s Church, Kilburn, London. From 2002 to 2007, he served as a NSM at St Mary’s Church, Hendon. Since 2007, he has served as a NSM at the Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn. He is a member of the Society of the Holy Cross (SSC).
Philippa Ouvry-Johns is a freelance fundraising consultant, specialising in individual giving and Trust & Foundation fundraising. She works broadly across the sector, but particularly enjoys fundraising for arts and heritage organisations. In her free time, Philippa sings with the London chamber choir Pegasus and as a Songman at Leicester Cathedral, with whom she sang at the re-interment services for King Richard III in 2015.
Jonathan Wikeley is Director of Music at All Saints Church, Fulham and Choral Consultant and Editor for Hal Leonard Europe. He also works as a freelance journalist, composer and music arranger, including commissions from choirs as diverse as Whitstable Choral Society and The BBC Singers. In 2020 over 20,000 people sang his arrangements for Gareth Malone’s “Great British Home Chorus”. He has written for publications in Britain and the USA and has spoken about early music for BBC Radio 3. He conducts several ensembles in London, and has accompanied Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Royal Opera House. His arrangements and compositions have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 and published and performed around the world.
Alastair Carey has been involved in choral performance since the age of six. He has performed, recorded and broadcast throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, appearing as a vocal performer with ensembles including The Gabrieli Consort, The Oxford Camerata, The Brabant Ensemble, and The Nederlandse Bachvereniging in performances ranging from the BBC Proms to the Leipzig Bach Festival. As a conductor, Alastair has directed concerts in Asia, Australasia, Europe, and throughout the United Kingdom, including award-winning performances at competitions in the European Grand Prix in Spain and the World Choir Games in South Korea.
- Safeguarding policy
- Trustees Annual Report for 2022, including Financial Review and LFCCM 2022 Debrief Report
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