As a young enthusiast of Elgar's music, George Parris (b. 1993), was awarded the Elgar Society's Certificate of Merit in 2011 for his commitment to the research and performance of Elgar works. He then studied for a BA in Music at the University of Cambridge, followed by an MSt in Musicology at the University of Oxford.
He founded The Carice Singers in 2011, and conducted the ensemble's first concert only a few days after his eighteenth birthday. Since then he has been the choir's Conductor and Artistic Director, making his first recording with them for the Naxos label aged 20.
His recent studies at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, have seen him assist his main teacher, Nils Schweckendiek, in a project with the Croatian Radio and TV Choir, work under such visiting conductors as Sir Roger Norrington, Justin Doyle, and Paul Hillier, and observe professional choirs in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, and Estonia.
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Canadian-Finnish composer Matthew Whittall is a hugely exciting addition to the team. Inspired by natural phenomena, poetry, and landscape art, his music combines the Old and New World, Western and non-Western, sacred and secular, classical and folk.
I’m thrilled to begin this relationship with The Carice Singers. Their fresh, pure, youthful sound is hugely inspiring for a composer, and their varied and sensitive programming takes listeners on journeys that forge poetic links across nations and centuries.
The Carice Singers has commissioned a new multi-movement work from Matthew for which he has chosen to set verses from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Songs of Travel. The piece will receive its world premiere at the Cheltenham Music Festival in July 2021.