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The Mousai Singers perform Britten, Victoria, Palestrina and Judith Weir

Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Alma Redemptoris mater - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  2. Ave Regina caelorum - Judith Weir
  3. Ave Regina caelorum, a 5 - Tomás Luis de Victoria
  4. Versa est in luctum - Alonso Lobo
  5. Mein Gott, warum hast du mich verlassen Op 78 no 3 - Felix Mendelssohn
  6. Hymne à la Vierge, 'Hymn to the Virgin' - Pierre Villette
  7. Hymn to St Cecilia Op 27 - Benjamin Britten

The Mousai Singers is a choir directed by Daniel Cook (Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral) and assisted by Quintin Beer, one of the group’s founding members and an emerging choral director in his own right. The choir is named after the collective Greek Muse who within mythology inspires creation of literature and the arts. Having originally formed in 2010 as an octet, the group has now expanded and has given numerous performances throughout the UK. Recent performances have taken place in Winchester, Salisbury and St David’s Cathedrals, as well as St Brides', Fleet Street and the chapels of Trinity College, Cambridge and King's College, London. Mousai enjoys a regular platform as part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.

All members of the choir have prestigious choral backgrounds, many receiving choristerships at premier UK cathedrals and continuing their choral studies at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Royal Holloway and Kings College London. Many more have passed through the elite conservatoires of the United Kingdom, including the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

Recent repertoire in performance has included Handel's Messiah, Parry's Songs of Farewell, Vaughan Williams's Mass in G minor and Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday.

In January 2013 Mousai recorded their debut CD - The Welsh Connection, which features music from the 20th and 21st centuries by Welsh composers, poets or music with connections to Wales. The CD was recorded in St David’s Cathedral, and includes works by Arnold Bax, CHH Parry, William Mathias, and William Henry Harris. It has received national acclaim, receiving outstanding reviews in in Church Music Quarterly and Choir and Organ magazine.

Each summer, Mousai collaborates with the John Armitage Memorial Trust (JAM) as part of the City of London Festival and JAM’s own festival ‘JAM on the Marsh’. Previous concerts have featured gems of the Romantic and 20th Century choral repertoire such as Fauré’s Requiem and Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae. In July 2014, Mousai performed the newly commissioned ‘The Yonghy Bongy Bo’ by Giles Swayne, with Onyx Brass and some of the UK’s finest soloists.

Quintin Beer is a choral director and prize-winning conductor, based in London. He is Director of Music at St Cuthbert’s Church, Earl’s Court, and a founding member and Associate Musical Director of the professional choir Mousai. In April 2016, he took up the position of Musical Director of Yateley Choral Society.

Recent career highlights include being appointed the Associate Music Director with Pegasus Chamber Choir and winning second prize at the Dima International Music Competition in Cluj, Romania.

In June 2019, Quintin will be re-surfacing the oratorio Andromeda by Cyril Bradley Rootham as part of the Charles Kingsley Festival in Eversley, Hampshire and in November 2020, he will conduct the Centenary Chorus in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at Guildford Cathedral.

A music graduate of St John’s College Cambridge, Quintin became an Assistant Conductor for the University in 2013, conducting concerts and fully staged performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (including two in one day!) and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Quintin sings regularly in London churches and cathedrals and sang in the choirs of St John’s College Cambridge and the Choir of St Thomas, Fifth Avenue and variously under the direction of Christopher Robinson, David Hill, Ralph Allwood, Andrew Nethsingha and the late John Scott.

Quintin is keen to share these experiences with others. He was Musician-in-Residence at North London Collegiate School until 2017 and continues to work on the annual Eton Choral Courses. He is currently studying Choral Conducting with Patrick Russill at the Royal Academy of Music.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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