Oxford Harmonic Choir is delighted to work with professional musicians throughout the year. Here are our regulars:
Robert Secret is conductor of the Choir. He was a student at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied conducting under Maurice Miles, and won the Principal’s Prize and many other awards including all the major conducting prizes. He has worked with many orchestral, choral and operatic companies and groups. He has conducted several concerts with the English Chamber Orchestra. He is best known for founding and conducting Stowe Opera, a professional opera company, in 1991. He is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
David Langdon is the assistant conductor and accompanist of the Choir. He trained at the Royal College of Music and the Royal School of Church Music, and was until his retirement Director of Music at Summer Fields School, Oxford. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and a Fellow of the National College of Music, and regularly appears as organist, pianist or harpsichordist in the Choir’s concerts.
Suzi Digby OBE
Suzi Digby OBE is an internationally renowned choral conductor and music educator who has trail-blazed the revival of singing in UK schools and the community over two decades. As a conductor, Suzi has been met with outstanding critical acclaim: “Choral wizard”, “The mother of all music” (The Telegraph). Suzi is President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and was recently Acting Music Director of Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. Among many TV appearances, she was a judge in BBC1’s hit show, Last Choir Standing. 2012 saw the launch of Suzi’s London Youth Choir (LYC), a pyramid of five choirs, serving all 33 London boroughs. Suzi Digby’s website.
The Orchestra of Stowe Opera
The Orchestra of Stowe Opera was founded by Robert Secret to support his Stowe Opera company. A fully professional ensemble, the Orchestra performs regularly in concert halls and supports Oxford Harmonic Choir at most of its performances.