Dorking Choral Society
Dorking Choral Society
Our Musicians

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Musical Director - Richard Wilberforce - from 20th April 2016 to Dec 2017
Accompanist - Michael Pandya
New Musical Director from January 2018- David Young

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Musical Director - Richard Wilberforce - from 20th April 2016 to Dec 2017
Richard's huge talent is evident by the success he has had in his career to date, but for us singers he brings a wonderful sense of enjoyment and involvement to our rehearsals. His musical interpretation adds interest and sparkle to our evenings.

Richard trained at St John’s College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music where he was a recipient of a number of awards. As a countertenor he has sung solo roles in many of Europe’s principal opera houses. He has conducted many of the country’s leading choirs including the Exon Singers, Halle Youth Choir, English Voices and the BBC Symphony Chorus. Richard made his debut conducting the Hallé Orchestra in 2013, and has also directed the Bristol Ensemble, the National Festival Orchestra, and the Zeitgeist Chamber Orchestra. In demand as a workshop leader and an animateur, he has led workshops in the UK and in Europe, including with The Sixteen as part of their Choral Pilgrimage, and in Madrid with the Academy of Ancient Music and a Spanish choir of 408 singers.

In 2015-16, he works with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain for the first time, prepares Accentus for their Messiah in the Philharmonie de Paris, chorus masters The Rake’s Progress at Opera de Rouen, conducts Shadwell Opera’s production of O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness in London and directs a CD celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Exon Singers. He also makes his Royal Opera House debut singing in the chorus of Gluck’s Orphée, alongside Juan Diego Florez in the title role.

Richard’s compositions have been recorded and broadcast, and have received premieres in Canterbury Cathedral, St John’s Smith Square, the National Portrait Gallery and Leeds Town Hall, as well as in Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Munich. He is currently working on Shelling, a cycle of choral settings of the American poet-cum-undertaker Thomas Lynch.