David Crown has been singing and conducting choirs and orchestras since his teens. He won a Choral Scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge and was also a university instrumental award holder on the viola. Immediately after leaving university he embarked on a career as soloist in opera and oratorio winning several competitions and working with some of the world’s foremost musicians.
David has also built a considerable reputation as singing teacher and now teaches at Oxford University having also taught at Bristol University for over five years. Many students have gone on to music college and into the profession. He was Director of Music at Somerville College, Oxford from 2006-2015 building the choir to one of the most highly regarded mixed choirs in the university. He was Music Director of the Reading Phoenix Choir and took them to the finals of both the BBC Choir of the Year and the Cork International Choral Festival. He is conductor of vOx Chamber Choir in Oxford, now considered one of the best choirs in the area. His work with choirs and orchestras has attracted superb notices in the UK and abroad. He is also increasingly in demand for guest conducting and master-classes. The Choir of Somerville College, Oxford has released two CDs on Stone Records (Durufle’s Requiem and Advent Calendar) to great acclaim, the latter of which has been playing on British Airways flights.
Tim Morris was appointed Assistant Music Director in 1998, having filled the post of Chorus Master for the previous nine years and been involved with the choir for over forty years.
Tim’s early musical training was under Eric Suddrick, a founder accompanist for the CBC and one of its former conductors. He went on to Selwyn College, Cambridge where, in theory, he studied Natural Sciences but, in practice, spent most of his time making music. The first concert he conducted on leaving university was in Gloucester Cathedral in April 1973. Tim is well known locally as an accomplished musician. In addition to his CBC role he was, for many years, conductor of the Oriel Singers, winners of the 2005 BBC Choir of the Year competition.