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greg morris
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Greg Morris 
Conductor and Musical Director

Greg Morris is Associate Organist of the Temple Church in London, Musical Director of Collegium Musicum of London, and founding Musical Director of the Bar Choral Society.  An acclaimed solo recitalist and recording artist, Greg has performed widely throughout the UK and Europe.  He is known for his exciting and revealing interpretations of organ music ranging from the 16th to the 21st centuries, and his wide repertoire has a particular bias towards the music of J.S. Bach and 20thcentury French and English composers. He gave the world premiere of David Briggs’ Organ Concerto, and subsequently recorded the work with the Northern Chamber Orchestra. His first two solo CDs, including an “authoritative” (American Record Guide) performance of organ music by Kenneth Leighton, received widespread critical acclaim.  A third CD, the first to be recorded on the newly restored organ of the Temple Church and featuring Whitlock’s magnificent Sonata, was released by Signum in May 2014, and has been described by Gramophone as “a singularly impressive release”.

Since 2006, Greg has accompanied the Temple Church Choir, a professional ensemble recently described by Gramophone as “among the very best”. He has performed with them on BBC Radio 3, in CD recordings, and in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, and in November 2014 accompanied them during a visit to Washington DC to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. He has appeared at the BBC Proms with the BBC Singers, and is in demand as a freelance accompanist and ensemble player.

Greg also works extensively as a conductor, in particular with Collegium Musicum of London. The choir performs with leading instrumentalists and soloists in a wide range of repertoire. Greg also takes a major role in training the choristers at the Temple Church, and regularly conducts both the Choirmen and the Temple Singers, including recent performances of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in the historic Middle Temple Hall, in a new, fully-staged production by Thomas Guthrie.  In June 2014, Greg conducted the first concert of the Bar Choral Society, newly formed with the patronage of John Rutter; the Society’s next concert will include include a performance of Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Southbank Sinfonia.

Greg held scholarships at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Jesus College, Cambridge and St Martin-in-the-Fields. He was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his prize-winning performance in the FRCO diploma, and was subsequently Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral.

For further information, please visit gregmorris.org.uk

anthonyAnthony Phillips
Deputy Conductor

Anthony has worked with chamber choirs across Australia and the UK as a conductor, composer, and singer. He was previously director of the Sydney University Madrigal Society, Trinity Singers, and Kol Echad Chamber Choir, and sang with the choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge.

He has a particular interest in Jewish music, regularly singing as cantor for synagogues in London and Cardiff, and was a founding member of the Minim Singers. His liturgical music has been performed by several Australian synagogues.

Anthony has sung with CML since 2011, and has been CML’s Deputy Conductor since 2013. In civilian life he is Lecturer in Physics at Queen Mary, University of London.

 

Matthew Evan Smith
Deputy Conductor

Matthew studied bassoon with Paul Carroll, Vernon Elliot and Nic Hunka and voice with Ian Ray, Norman Tattersall and Patrick McCarthy and was an established freelance musician on graduating from Colchester Institute School of Music in 1985.

He subsequently worked in industry and adult education and currently combines professional music-making with working as a craftsman builder. On joining the London music scene in 2006 he soon gained a reputation for his musicianship, directing skills and rare basso profondo voice.

He has sung and played classical, gospel, jazz and world music with John Georgiadis, Marin Alsop, Vladimir Jurowski, Scott Stroman, Ken Burton, Pete Churchill, Ian Shaw, London City Ballet, Britten Sinfonia, David le Page, Harvey Brough, Clara Sanabras, Deutsche Choir of London and the Brandenburg Festival Chorus, including premieres, solos and recordings, and is regularly selected by Mary King for prestigious Voicelab projects at Southbank.

He has performed at every major London music venue – and some less well-known – and in USA,  Russia, Byelorussia, Romania, France, Malta, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and Essex.

As a rehearsal leader at Vox Holloway Community Choir he has worked closely with composer Harvey Brough on numerous projects over ten years. He is also Technical Director for productions and recordings involving up to 200 performers in venues including Barbican Hall, Hackney Empire, Shoreditch Town Hall, St Mary’s Stoke Newington and St James’s Piccadilly.

Matthew recently founded Libra Chamber Choir and directed the London Premier of Donald Fraser’s choral arrangement of Elgar’s Sea Pictures with Michael Haslam at the piano. A project-based choir, LCC presents lunchtime concerts in the City, provides music for church services and private functions, and runs one-day workshops. In 2018 they performed a programme of music for women’s voices with Russian pianist Maya Soltan.