Simon Carrington – Baroque / Classical Chorus and Orchestra
Simon Carrington, Professor Emeritus of Yale University, embarked on a long and distinguished musical career, performing as a singer, double bass player and conductor, first in the UK and later in the United States. From 2003 to 2009 he was professor of choral conducting at Yale University and conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a 24-voice chamber choir that brought national and international prominence, attracting the interest of his successors, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor of the Bach Collegium Japan and David Hill, director of the BBC and London Bach Choir. During his tenure at Yale he introduced a new type of singing degree for those specializing in oratorio, early music, and chamber ensembles, and, with his faculty colleagues, brought two graduate students there to their first prizes in competitions for choir directors organized by the American Choral Director Association. From 2001 until his appointment at Yale, he was director of choral activities at the New England Conservatory, in Boston, where he was selected by students for the Krasner Teaching Excellence Award and from which he received an honorary doctorate in 2014; from 1994 to 2001 he held a similar position at the University of Kansas. Before moving to the United States, Simon was a creative force for 25 years with the acclaimed British vocal ensemble ‘The King’ s Singers’, which he co-founded at Cambridge University. He has given 3,000 shows in many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, has made over seventy recordings and has appeared on countless television and radio programs. At the beginning of his experience with the King’s Singers, Simon also maintained an interesting career as a double bass player, first with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and then as a freelance in London. He specialized in basso continuo music, in particular for John Eliot Gardiner, with whom he made several recordings, but he also played with all the main symphonies and chamber orchestras under various masters such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Benjamin Britten, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Carlo Maria Giulini, Otto Klemperer, Ricardo Muti, Georg Solti and George Szell. He holds an active program as a freelance director and teacher of choral masterclasses, conducting seminars and master classes around the world. He has taught young conductors at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Liszt Conservatory, Budapest, Hungary, the University of the Andes, Bogota, Colombia, the World Symposium on Choral Music in Argentina and many music schools in the United States. He has recorded masterclasses on two commercial DVDs – at Westminster Choir College in the US (GIA) and at the Three Choirs Festival in the UK (Masterclass Media Foundation). In recent seasons, his management commitments include Berlin Rundfunk Chor, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Collegium Musicale, Tallinn (Estonia), Orfeó Català in the Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona and Coral de Cámara de Pamplona, (Spain), Coro Casa da Music, Oporto (Portugal), Tokyo Cantat, Gondwana Choral School, Australia, Houston Chamber Choir, Canto Armonico, Boston and Yale Schola Cantorum. He teaches annual conducting courses at the Chamber Choir Festival in Sarteano (Italy) and the Yale Summer Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut, and has contributed a chapter on rehearsal technique at the Cambridge Companion to Choral Music. From the 2016-17 academic year he worked as a guest professor of choral conducting to work alongside Simon Halsey and his students at the University of Birmingham, UK. He splits his time between London and southwestern France, where he lives with Hilary, his 49-year-old wife. Their daughter Rebecca, cellist, singer, impressionist and comedian www.rebeccacarrington.com lives in Berlin, and their songwriter son James lives in Los Angeles.