The Dulwich Chamber Choir was founded in 2011 by Richard Mayo and sang its first concert with the English Heritage Orchestra on 29th October 2011 at All Saint’s Church West Dulwich.
The Choir performs
- Choral Services in our Cathedrals and Churches
- As a single recital ensemble
- Concerts with orchestral accompaniment
Conductor – Richard Mayo
Richard Mayo began his musical education as a chorister at St. John’s College, Cambridge under the direction of Dr. George Guest. While a Music Scholar at Uppingham School he began his studies as an organist with Nicolas Kynaston. He then won organ scholarships to Wells Cathedral and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he directed the College Choir for two years making recordings and giving a recital tour of Hungary. Having graduated with degrees in Music he continued organ tuition with John Scott and has given recitals in venues including St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, King’s College and St. John’s College, Cambridge, Coventry and Truro Cathedrals. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
As a conductor, Richard has directed a number of choirs including the Cambridge Chorale and the Choral Societies of Uppingham, Godalming and Cranleigh. He has also been an assistant conductor for the Philharmonic Choir, the Guildford Choral Society and the Guildford Chamber Choir. Concerts have included performances of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, the St. John Passion and the Mass in B minor by J.S.Bach, Verdi’s Requiem and A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams as well as works by Beethoven, Britten, Bruckner, Howells, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Arvo Pärt, Jonathan Dove and Eric Whitacre.
He has been Director of Music at Dulwich College since 2004 where he conducts the College Symphony Orchestra and Chapel Choir. The Chapel Choir released its CD of seasonal Christmas music and College Songs in October 2008 and it has also sung at Westminster Abbey, Trinity and Jesus Colleges in Cambridge. Richard is Conductor and Musical Director of the English Heritage Orchestra and in 2011 he founded the Dulwich Chamber Choir.
Assistant Conductor- Richard Harker
Richard Harker is musical director of Landmark Sound, Teatime Opera, APP Singers, and associate conductor of St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus. He is assistant conductor for Dulwich Chamber Choir, chorus master for Harrow Opera, and has recently been guest conductor of Streatham Choral Society. He jointly runs Vocalize music workshops with Hilary Campbell and is European musical director for RelaxSing Tours. Richard is part of the founding team for the Voices of London Festival, at which he conducted the 2014 festival’s finale, the first staged production of Harvey’s Passion and Resurrection in twelve years.
Richard graduated with an MA in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music, receiving the Thomas Armstrong Prize. He read music at, and was organ scholar of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, before working as a teacher. Current projects include Donizetti’s Rita, founding a boys’ choir for St Mary’s Church, Merton, and planning the Voices of London Festival 2015.