Simon Carrington is director of the Yale Schola Cantorum and professor of choral conducting at Yale
University, where he has also led the introduction of a new graduate voice degree for singers specializing in oratorio, early music, art song, and chamber ensemble. From 2001 until his Yale appointment in 2003, he was director of choral activities at the New England Conservatory, and from 1994 to 2001 he held a similar position at the University of Kansas. Prior to coming to the United States, he was a creative force for twenty-five years with the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble The King’s Singers, which he co-founded at Cambridge University. He gave 3,000 performances at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, made more than seventy recordings, and appeared on countless television and radio programs including nine appearances on the Tonight Show with the late Johnny Carson! He maintains an active schedule as a freelance conductor and choral clinician, leading workshops and master classes round the world. He has conducted the Monteverdi Vespers in Barcelona, the Fauré Requiem in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Beethoven's Meeresstille with the Texas All State Choir, Handel's Messiah in Dublin and the Rachmaninov Vespers in Victoria BC with singers from all over Canada. He is a regular guest conductor at the Monteverdi Choir Festival in Budapest and the Tokyo Cantat in Japan and leads annual workshops at the Chamber Choir Festival in Sarteano (Italy), and the Yale summer festival in Norfolk, Connecticut. He has taken Yale Schola Cantorum to perform at the two major choral conventions in the US where they received standing ovations and his recordings with the choir of baroque masterpieces by Bach, Biber and
Bertali have received rave reviews. In 2008 he conducts Dvorak Te Deum and Prokofiev Alexander Nevski at the International Choir Festival in Szczecin, Poland, the Choir and Rebel Baroque Orchestra at Trinity Church Wall Street, the Desert Chorale in Santa Fe and returns as president of the international jury at the choral festival in Leipzig, Germany.
Simon Carrington holds an M.A. degree from Cambridge University.
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