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Program Notes: Benjamin Britten
Saint Nicolas: A Cantata, op 42

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by Robert Scandrett

Robert Scandrett is music director at University Congregational Church in Seattle. He is retired from Western Washington University, where he was professor of music. He also was director of the Seattle Symphony Chorale, founded and directed the New Whatcom Choral Society (Bellingham), was Minister of Music at University Presbyterian Church and has been associated with the German publishing house Carus Verlag as editor and consultant. He was graduated from the University of Washington with a Ph.D. in musicology. He was editor in chief for Carus Verlag of the collected sacred choral works of Domenico Scarlatti.

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by John Bawden

John Bawden Musical Director (1994 - 2006), Fareham Philharmonic Choir, sang as a tenor lay-clerk with the choir of Guildford Cathedral and then worked as a freelance singer with a number of professional London choirs. He has directed a wide variety of choirs, ranging from large choral societies to small chamber choirs. He has conducted in France, Germany and Malta, and is a frequent guest conductor in the Surrey and Hampshire area. He compiled the comprehensive reference, A Directory of Choral Music.

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by Barry Creasy

Barry Creasy, Chairman (1997-2010), Collegium Musicum of London, has a Master's degree in arts management from City University, and has been a choral singer with the London Choral Society, Music at St Cyprian's and Collegium Musicum of London.

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by Sue Klausmeyer

Sue Klausmeyer, Chapel Hill Community Chorus conductor, has held positions with Duke University Chapel, Duke Divinity School, Binkley Baptist Church, Worthington Presbyterian Church, and University United Methodist Church. She holds degrees in music from Meredith College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, and the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, where she earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts. She has pursued additional studies at the Oberlin College Baroque Performance Institute and at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.

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by Brian Law
 

Born and educated in London, Brian Law immigrated to Canada in 1965. During his twenty-five years in the National Capital Region, he was the Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of Festival Ottawa and L'Opéra de Montréal. In 1991 he became Director of the Christchurch City Choir in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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by Ken Meter
 

Ken Meter has sung baritone with the Oratorio Society of Minnesota since 1991 and is a member of its Chamber Choir. Previously he sang with the Macalester Festival Chorale and the Canto General chorus. He taught writing through the Minnesota State Arts Board and COMPAS, and taught journalism and economic history at the University of Minnesota. He holds a masters in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he also taught economics. He is president of Crossroads Resource Center, providing consulting services for inner-city and rural community capacity building and food system analysis.

Overview of Cantata with complete audio
Selected text
by Eric Crozier with audio files
Audio Links 


LINKS

Discovering Music: Britten: Saint Nicolas
Stephen Johnson, for BBC Radio, explores Britten's first major work for children's chorus with both amateur and professional performers, revealing Britten's passion to make music accessible and meaningful for everyone. 22 minutes.
Benjamin Britten: A Biography

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