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Saturday 24th March 2018
Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford GU1 3HN

GSMF Gala Concert - Haydn 'The Creation'

Performed by Surrey Mozart Players with
the Guildford Chamber Choir and the Occam Singers
with award winning soloists from Royal College of Music
Conductor: Kenneth Woods.

The Surrey Mozart Players   Guildford Chamber Choir
  The Occam Singers

Surrey Mozart Players

Guildford Chamber Choir

The Occam Singers

The Surrey Mozart Players are widely regarded as one of the top non-professional chamber orchestras in the country.
The orchestra was founded in the early 1970s by Richard Temple Savage, who continued to direct the orchestra until his retirement in 1990. Now numbering around fifty musicians drawn from Surrey and the surrounding counties, the orchestra presents five or six concerts a season, covering a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque to the late 20th century.
The orchestra appointed Paul Hoskins as its Music Director in 1992, a post that he held until 2002, and has also worked regularly with such established conductors as Peter Stark and Robin Ticciati. Our current Music Director is Kenneth Woods, who enjoys a successful career as conductor and cellist in both Britain and North America.
It has always been Surrey Mozart Players’ policy to encourage emerging young soloists, and the orchestra has recently had the pleasure of performing with Alexandra Wood, Maja Bogdanovic, Victoria Sayles, Jane Lindsay and Peter Facer.
Over recent seasons, the orchestra has also performed with internationally renowned artists: Emma Curtis, Nicola Benedetti, the Sitkovetsky Trio and Michael Collins.
The Surrey Mozart Players are proud to be a founder contributor to the Guildford Spring Music Festival, and have presented the final Gala Concert at each of these biennial events.
Guildford Chamber Choir was founded in 1980 with the express aim of performing choral music of the finest quality from the 16th century to the present day. Over the years the choir has remained loyal to this aim, gaining an enviable reputation for both the high standard of its singing and for performing varied and often unusual repertoire. As well as being at the forefront of Guildford music-making, the Guildford Chamber Choir’s reputation has stretched beyond the town and county boundaries.
We sing familiar choral works such as Handel’s Messiah (March 2014) and Haydn’s Nelson Mass (March 2013) but we bring a more intimate dimension to these works by staging them with smaller scale performances than might normally be used, often enhanced by the accompaniment of period instruments.
We are pleased to sing from a wide repertoire, including unaccompanied fifteenth century church music and madrigals, familiar choral works and twenty-first century pieces.  Our annual season includes full-scale concerts with a professional orchestra (the New London Sinfonia) as well as smaller-scale performances, sometimes a capella.
We have sung at many venues and events across South East England and have sung services at some wonderful cathedrals further afield.  We employ a professional Music Director; David Gibson who has worked extensively with some of the UK's leading choirs and orchestras. We undertake regular vocal training workshops engaging the services of professional vocal trainers.  Between 1998 and 2013 we also worked with composer Nicholas O’Neill as our associate music director, from whom we commissioned several choral pieces.

Kenneth Woods

Kenneth Woods Conductor
Hailed by Gramophone as a “symphonic conductor of stature,” conductor, cellist, composer and author Kenneth Woods has worked with the National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and English Chamber Orchestra. He has also appeared on the stages of some of the world’s leading music festivals, including Aspen, Scotia and Lucerne. In 2013, he took up a new position as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 he became the second Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest, the only American organization other than the New York Philharmonic to receive the Gold Medal of the International Gustav Mahler Society.
Woods was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the Swan in 2010 and during his tenure lifted that orchestra to a new level of international renown. With them, he recorded the first complete cycle of the symphonies of Hans Gál paired with those of Robert Schumann, among the most widely praised classical recording projects in recent years, highlighted in National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Performance Today, BBC Radio 3, the Sunday New York Times, the Sunday Telegraph, Washington Post and was an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Among his other recordings are Schoenberg’s chamber ensemble versions of Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (for Somm) by Gustav Mahler, which won the coveted IRR Outstanding rosette from International Record Review, and Spring Sounds, Spring Seas, a MusicWeb ‘Record of the Year’. His recordings with the English Symphony Orchestra and English String Orchestra include the Elgar Piano Quintet as orchestrated by Donald Fraser, and the complete piano concertos of Ernst Krenek, a Sunday Times “Best of 2016.”
A widely read writer and frequent broadcaster, Woods’ blog, A View from the Podium, is one of the 25 most popular classical blogs in the world. He has spoken on Mahler on NPR’s All Things Considered and BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and is a frequent commentator on BBC Radio 3.

The Soloists

Josephine Goddard - Soprano

Timothy Edlin


Stephen Mills - Tenor

Josephine is at the Royal College of Music International Opera School studying with Dinah Harris. She is an ABRSM scholar having previously been supported by a Douglas & Hilda Simmonds Award, a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award, the Vivien and Peter Beckwith Fund and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Josephine’s recent successes include winning a Help Musicians UK Licette Award, the RCM Lieder competition and making her solo debut at the Wigmore Hall. She has also performed as a soloist at many other prestigious venues including Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Southbank Centre. Last season she was an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Festival Opera where she also covered a role.
She is regularly in demand as a recitalist and oratorio soloist all over Britain and most recently performed the soprano solos in Elijah for the Leith Hill Music Festival. She has taken part in a number of masterclasses with eminent performers including Sarah Connolly, Toby Spence, Felicity Lott, Wolfgang Holzmair and also with Ian Partridge as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival where she was covering a recital
of Schubert Lieder.
Operatic roles include: Adolfo(Faramondo London Handel Festival); Sandrina (La finta giardiniera RCMIOS); Cretan Woman (Idomeneo Garsington Opera cover); Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus RCMIOS); Cathleen (Riders to the Sea British Youth Opera); Hannah (The Merry Widow Ryedale Festival Opera cover); Amor (L’incoronazione di Poppea ETO cover).
Timothy Edlin is current studying at the Royal College of Music, under the tutorage of Russell Smythe and Caroline Dowdle. Having graduated with a first-class undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Manchester, Timothy has recently graduated with distinction with an MMus in vocal studies from the RCM. Next year he shall be further continuing his studies at the RCM, but on their prestigious International Opera Course.
Timothy started singing as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. He is now pursuing his career as a soloist within the genres of opera, song and oratorio. Recent operatic roles include; “Figaro” from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, “Polythemus” from Handel’s Acis and Galatea, “Il Re di Scozia” from Handel’s Ariodante (RCMIOS in collaboration with the London Handel Festival) as well as “Teobaldo” from Handel's Faramondo (RCMIOS/LHF) as well as “Presto” from Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias (RCMIOS). He has also been engaged in contemporary opera projects including in association with Tête à Tête. Future operatic commitments include performing “The Policeman, the Doctor, the Stranger” from Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom (BYO Sept), “Colline” from Puccini’s La bohème and other engagements within the Tête à Tête festival.
Other notable engagements include performing with the University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra, namely, Shostakovich’s 6 Romances on English Verse for voice and orchestra and Mussorgsky’s four Songs and Dances of Death (orch. Aho).
He is generously supported in his studies as a Levesley Scholar, as well as by the Countess of Munster Charitable Trust, and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Tenor Stephen Mills is in demand throughout
the classical repertoire and is sought after for
both Oratorio and Opera, as well as on the concert platform. He is currently undertaking a
Masters in Performance as the Dmitri Hvorostovsky Scholar at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Tim Evans-Jones and the continued guidance of Paul Bambrough. He is also generously supported by The Kathleen Trust, The Clemence Charitable Settlement, The
Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, The Tom Cocklin Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust.
In 2014, Stephen received a First Class Honours degree from the Birmingham Conservatoire
where he studied with Julian Pike and Paul Bambrough, having received a scholarship from
the EMI Music Sound Foundation.
Stephen has been a member of the Grange Park Opera Chorus in both 2015 and 2016 in their productions of La Boheme, Samson et Dalila, La Fanciulla del West and Don Carlo. He also sang in the Chorus at Lyon Opera House in the world première of Benjamin, derniere nuit as part of the ‘Festival pour l’humanité’ in January 2016. Stephen performed the part of Heddle Nash in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at Buckingham Palace in February 2017 conducted by John Wilson and also performed Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge at Leith Hill Place, Surrey in May 2017.
He has worked with conductors including Michael Rosewell, Gianluca Marciano, Stephen Barlow, John Wilson, Bernhard Kontarsky, Bryan Evans and Peter Robinson as well as directors such as John Copley, Elaine Kidd, Stephen Medcalf, Jo Davies, Michael Barry, Patrick Mason, Nina Brazier, Alessandro Talevi and Rodula Gaitanou.