The picture shows Dr Rutter, honorary president of Choir 2000, receiving the Choir's present to him of a bound copy of his own Magnificat at part of the composers 60th birthday celebrations in 2005.
The presentation was made on behalf of the Choir by Grayston Burgess (Musical Director), Beatrix Bown (Choir co-ordinator) and Michael Pride (Chairman - who also did the binding!).
John Rutter has held workshops with the Choir on his Magnificat (2001), a variety of choral music (2002) and Verdi's Requiem (2005). The Choir performed Rutter's Magnificat in 2001 and again in the 2006/07 season as well as his Mass of the Children in 2004.
(Thanks to Nick Rutter for the picture)
Standing in for Peter whilst he takes sabbatical leave, we welcome Bertie Baigent as our guest conductor.
Bertie holds diplomas for the cello, piano, and organ, and now focuses on conducting and composing while remaining active as a instrumentalist. In June 2016 he graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge where he held the position of Organ Scholar, and in September he will begin an MA in orchestral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music.
You can read more about him here.
Appointed as the Choir's Musical Director in 2007
After attending the Cathedral Choir school at Canterbury and Repton school, Peter studied at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he held a Music Exhibition. He then lectured in music at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University), being promoted to Head of Music in 1995. From 1997 to 2003, he was manager of the Cambridgeshire Music Service (CIMA), organising music tuition and ensembles for schools, and directing courses with the Cambridge Holiday Orchestra over many years. In 2006 he was appointed Honorary Director of Music at Hughes Hall, Cambridge.
He now combines his academic career with freelance work as a piano teacher, and performance as accompanist, percussionist and conductor. He has conducted the Sinfonia of Cambridge, the Cambridge Sinfonietta, the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra, the City of Ely Sinfonia, and many other local ensembles, with repertoire from all periods, including productions of Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Peter Grimes and The Rake's Progress. Choral works he has directed include Bach's Mass in B minor, Handel's Israel in Egypt, Stravinsky's Les Noces and Steve Reich's Desert Music. In February 2008 he conducted the Norwich Philharmonic in Mahler's 5th Symphony.
The Choir's founding Musical Director was Grayston Burgess, now enjoying his second retirement as a Brother of Charterhouse, London.
Grayston - like Peter Britton, a Canterbury Chorister, and then a Cambridge man (but in his case a King's man) - had a distinguished career as a counter-tenor in the Fifties and Sixties, during which he led the Purcell Consort of Voices, whose recordings of Renaissance music became a benchmark for the highest standards of their generation. After 'retiring' to Histon, he soon found himself involved in musical events, becoming the Musical Director of Choir 2000, retiring again at the end of the 2006-07 season.
David is the regular rehearsal pianist and occasional conductor for Choir 2000.
He studied Music and Education at Bretton Hall College of Education, organ at Dartington College of Arts in Devon and completed a Master’s research degree, in Jazz in Education, at the University of East Anglia. He was Head of Music at Impington Village College, teaching examination level music (A-level, GCSE and International Baccalaureate) and A-level Performing Arts. Whilst there, he conducted many shows and orchestral and choral concerts. David was organist and choirmaster at All Saints Church, Cottenham and until 2009 conducted the Cottenham Singers. His repertoire includes Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rachmaninov’s Vespers, Bach’s Mass in B-minor and, of course, Handel’s Messiah. Since his retirement David has been busier than ever. Recent performances include Will Todd's Mass in Blue for choir, soprano soloist and big band; the complete Messiah; Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Berlioz Nuits d’été, a concert of 17th century Italian and Spanish vocal and instrumental music, organ and piano recitals and various jazz gigs. He wrote a fanfare for the International Staff band of the Salvation Army and is the present Waitmaster of City of Ely Waits (performing as costumed musicians of 1650) playing sackbut and crumhorn.
2009 Award from South Cambs Arts
On March 28th 2009, at an event hosted by stART, in partnership with South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC), Beatrix Bown, the choir Organiser, was presented with an award by SCDC chairman, Cllr Jim Stewart for her achievement in setting up and organising Choir 2000.
Congratulations to Beatrix for this well-deserved recognition