Jeremy enjoys a growing reputation in the UK and overseas for inspiring vivid, passionate performances from choirs and choruses in a wide range of repertoire. Equally at home with Renaissance music through to contemporary commissions, he is widely recognised as one of Britain’s leading choral conductors.
He has been the sole Music Director of the award-winning chamber choir Vasari Singers since 1981 and is also Conductor of the 150-voice Guildford Philharmonic Choir, now Vivace Chorus.
Head chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, Jeremy Backhouse studied music and composition at Liverpool University and began his career as a Music Editor with EMI. From 1998 to December 2004 he was Conductor of the Wooburn Singers – only the third in the choir’s history, following Richard Hickox and Stephen Jackson. He has also worked with the BBC Club Choir, Kent Youth Choir, Brighton Festival Chorus, London Choral Society, Trinity College of Music Chamber Choir, Philharmonia Chorus and the BBC Singers in a series of programmes for BBC Radio 3.
“There’s no questioning the care & sensitivity of Jeremy Backhouse’s approach… it reaches the very heart of these deeply moving works.”
Major concert works include Mahler Symphony no. 2 and Mahler Symphony no. 8, Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky and Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 at Guildford Cathedral with the Guildford Philharmonic Choir; Bach B Minor Mass with the Hanover Band and the Wooburn Singers; Tallis Spem in Alium and works by Jonathan Dove, James MacMillan and Francis Pott at St John’s, Smith Square with Vasari Singers, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace), Mendelssohn Symphony no.2 (Lobgesang) and Bach Magnificat all at Guildford Cathedral.
Jeremy champions contemporary choral music and works closely with many composers including Richard Blackford, Francis Pott and Gabriel Jackson. He has recorded choral music for EMI, Cala/United, Guild and Signum record labels. Recent recordings with Vasari Singers include Anthems for the 21st Century, the world premiere of Dupré’s De Profundis and La France au Calvaire (both selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone) and Brahms’ German Requiem in Brahm’s original version for two pianos. September 2006 saw the release of his recording with Vasari of music by Will Todd.
For updated information including latest performances, please visit Jeremy’s site at www.jeremybackhouse.com.