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About Simon Carrington

Simon Carrington

Simon Carrington

Simon Carrington has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music, performing as singer, double bass player and conductor, first in the UK where he was born and latterly in the USA. Since 2003 he has been professor of choral conducting at Yale University and director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, a 24 voice chamber choir which he has brought to national and now international prominence. From 2001 until his Yale appointment, he was director of choral activities at the New England Conservatory, and from 1994 to 2001 he held a similar position at the University of Kansas.

Prior to coming to the United States, he was a creative force for twenty-five years with the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble The King’s Singers, which he co-founded at Cambridge University. He gave 3,000 performances at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, made more than seventy recordings, and appeared on countless television and radio programs including nine appearances on the Tonight Show with the late Johnny Carson!

Carrington was a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, attended The King’s School, Canterbury, and then won a choral scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, where he sang in the chapel choir for 4 years, and for a subsequent year at New College, Oxford.

In the early days of The King’s Singers he had a lively career as a double bass player, first as sub-principal of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and then as a freelance player in London. He specialised in continuo playing, particularly for his Cambridge contemporary John Eliot Gardiner, with whom he made a number of recordings, but he also played with all the major symphony and chamber orchestras under such diverse maestri as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Benjamin Britten, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Carlo Maria Guilini, Otto Klemperer, Ricardo Muti, Georg Solti and George Szell. As a teacher of conductors himself for 15 years he only wished he’d paid more attention!

He maintains an active schedule as a freelance conductor and choral clinician, leading workshops and master classes round the world. He has conducted the Monteverdi Vespers in Barcelona, the Fauré Requiem in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Handel’s Messiah in Dublin and Boston, Rachmaninov Vespers in Victoria, Canada, and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevski in Poland. He is a regular guest conductor at the Monteverdi Choir Festival in Budapest and the Tokyo Cantat in Japan and leads annual conducting courses at the Chamber Choir Festival in Sarteano (Italy), and the Yale Summer Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut. In 2009 he has conducting engagements in Canada, Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Europe as well as his customary round of performances in the US.

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