Over the 23 years since New London Orchestra was founded, it has made a name for itself with its legacy of recordings of rarely-heard music. It is committed to broadening access to music, both through its education programmes for children and young people, and by programming or recording music that may otherwise be neglected. The orchestra, which plays regularly at HCS concerts, becomes the first-ever orchestra-in–residence at Stratford Circus in the London Borough of Newham from the start of the 2011/12 season. www.nlo.co.uk
Alexander Wells has played the piano for the Highgate Choral Society since 1984. A well-known accompanist for singers and instrumentalists – including cellist Penelope Lynex, he studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He has worked on the music staff at Covent Garden and Glyndebourne as well as with smaller companies, and is involved with Almeida Opera where he has helped on a number of important new works. He is also the pianist for the New London Children’s Choir.
Daniel Moult, who regularly plays for HCS concerts, is one of the world’s leading concert organists. An organ scholar at Oxford and the Amsterdam Conservatorium, he taught at Chetham’s School of Music before joining Coventry Cathedral as organist and assistant director of music. He now teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior department, Birmingham Conservatoire and St Giles’ International Organ School in London. www.danielmoult.com/
HCS works with some of the UK’s leading soloists as well as up-and-coming young professionals. Recent concerts have featured sopranos Grace Davidson and Claire Rutter, mezzo soprano Catherine Hopper, baritone Mark Stone, bass Samuel Evans and counter tenor Magid El-Bushra.