The Thomas Weelkes Singers: The members of the Thomas Weelkes Singers are drawn by invitation from across Hampshire and further afield. They meet occasionally to rehearse intensively and their concerts are usually given in aid of local charities. Their singing has been described by the Hampshire Chronicle as ‘a revelation’, and they have won praise for their ‘totally committed and confident performances.’ The conductor of the Thomas Weelkes Singers is Christopher Tolley, formerly Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College and conductor of the Exon Singers.
Adrian Adlam has been Head of Strings at Winchester College since 2000. A highly versatile musician, he successfully combines careers as a performer, conductor and educator. As a soloist and chamber musician he performs regularly throughout Europe. He has been invited to appear as concertmaster with several European orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hague Philharmonic, the Orchestre d’Auvergne, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and the Scottish BBC Symphony Orchestra in which he has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Bernstein, Boulez, Mehta, Solti, Ozawa, Haitink, Maazel and Davis. His conducting repertoire comprises choral works as well as works for symphony and chamber orchestra. Most recently he worked together with Roger Norrington leading the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra. He has given frequent broadcasts for both radio and television, and his CD recordings, which have included major chamber music works of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Tchaikowsky, have received international awards. As artistic director of the International Freden Music Festival in Germany he takes annual responsibility for the programming and commissioning of new works as well as directing the performances and live broadcasts of the Festival Ensemble.
Lester Simpson and Nigel Corbett – Will Ye Go To Flanders – One hundred years after the end of The Great War, Lester Simpson and Nigel Corbett present an alternative commemoration in songs and music accompanied on a variety of stringed instruments, accordion and bagpipes. Lester, best known for his work with acapella trio Coope Boyes and Simpson, first became involved with ‘Peace Concerts Passchendaele’ in 1994 and over the intervening years has written many songs and tunes inspired by frequent trips to the battle fields of Flanders and many concerts performed in the area. The show will use both Lester’s songs and others contemporary with WW1. Nigel has played with, amongst others, The Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, Prego, Feet First, and Some Antics. His musical collaboration with Lester began in 2000 with a ‘Peace Concerts Passchendaele’ production called ‘Standing In Line’ which premiered in the parish church of Passendale, and they have continued to perform together ever since on many projects.