Stephen Bullamore – Our outgoing Music Director

Stephen Bullamore – Musical Director

 

Stephen was appointed Musical Director of the North Herts Guild of Singers in September 2009 and his final concert, in April 2019, was an acclaimed performance of Bach's St John Passion. He started his musical life as a chorister at York Minster and afterwards studied as an undergraduate at Keble College, Oxford, as Organ Scholar, where with the chapel choir he recorded a number of CDs, including part of Priory Records’ Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis series, and broadcast live on BBC radio. In conjunction with his post at Keble, Stephen was Organist and Director of Music at St Mark’s, Swindon. Stephen spent a year at Guildford Cathedral as Organ Scholar before moving to Lincoln Cathedral in 2001 as an Assistant Organist.

Following a decade away from academia, postgraduate study at Goldsmiths College, London, resulted in the degree of MMus in Historical Musicology, gained with Distinction. In July 2015 he gained his PhD from Bangor University, where he researched the Sacred Music of John Weldon.

Stephen has served as director of music at Waltham Abbey, St Mary-le-Tower in Ipswich, and currently at St Mary Magdalene in Newark. He was Musical Director of Barnet Choral Society from 2012 to 2014 and in September 2017 became Musical Director of the Leicester Philharmonic Choir. He is also general director of Music 18.

An accomplished choir director and organist, he holds diplomas in both disciplines from the Royal College of Organists. In recent years he has been particularly involved with 21st century music, giving premières of Voices of Benslow by Morgan Hayes with NHGS and Ode to St Cecilia, a major work by Philip Moore.

As an organist he has given solo recitals at Westminster Abbey, Bristol and Ripon cathedrals, Bromley and Kingston parish churches. Stephen is also a busy and much-travelled examiner for the ABRSM.

 

                      New Music Director starts after Easter

 

From April 2019 our Music Director will be Harry Bradford, who was appointed to the role in February. Harry  is a London-based conductor currently completing a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music under Patrick Russill. He has also participated in masterclasses with Paul Brough (BBC Singers), Simon Halsey, David Hill, Neil Ferris, Mats Nilsson and Roland Börger. Alongside his commitments at the Academy, Harry is the Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar 2018-19 receiving mentoring from Harry Christophers CBE and Eamonn Dougan, the Alec Robertson Scholar at Westminster Cathedral, Musical Director of the Chetwynd Consort and Principal Conductor of the Children’s International Voices of Enfield.

Previously, Harry read music at the University of Cambridge and was a choral scholar in the choir of King’s College under the direction of Stephen Cleobury CBE. At King’s, Harry featured as a soloist on live BBC Radio and television broadcasts and was also musical director of the scholars’ close harmony group, ‘The King’s Men’. Harry remains active as a singer, working with Tenebrae, Mogens Dahl Kammerkor, the Hanover Band Chorus and Siglo de Oro as well as being a regular deputy in a number of London’s professional church choirs. Recent career highlights include winning 3rd prize at the DIMA international competition in Cluj, Romania and becoming Musical Director of Recordare, a new London-based chamber choir consisting of Genesis Sixteen alumni. Harry is grateful to the Royal Academy of Music Bursary Fund, the Chizel Educational Trust, The Royal College of Organists and the Cherubim Music Trust for their support.

(photo: Sapphire Armitage)

 

 

 

 

 

 
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