VAUGHAN WILLIAMS An Oxford Elegy
MOZART Mass in C minor
University of Essex Choir
London Mozart Players
Richard Cooke, conductor
Founded in 1977 and numbering about one hundred and thirty singers, the choir membership is drawn from staff and students of the University and from the local community, coming from all walks of life and many student members are from overseas.
Richard Cooke has been the choir’s Music Director since 1981. Under his inspirational leadership the choir has sung many of the major classical works. Most of the choir’s concerts are given in the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, near Aldeburgh and more recently in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall at the University of Essex. Other venues have included Chelmsford Cathedral; St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds; Norwich Cathedral; St Andrews Hall, Norwich; and Charter Hall, Colchester. In March 2015 the choir were invited to perform Carmina Burana at the University as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. They occasionally perform with other choirs conducted by Richard Cooke, the Royal Choral Society and Canterbury Choral Society.