Masters of Music
Early on Wednesday morning the boys in the Chamber Choir had the privilege to take part in a choral masterclass with visiting vocal specialist Luke Bond. Luke energetically warmed up the choir, then worked on two pieces of music the choir is currently learning. The boys worked incredibly hard with focus and enthusiasm and were a credit to themselves and the school. Well done to the boys who maintained their stamina throughout the whole extended rehearsal, and a huge thank you to Luke who gave us some of his time from Windsor castle to come and work with the boys!
The recipient of several prizes and awards, Luke Bond is the Assistant Director of Music of Saint George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. After appointments at Clifton College and The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, he enjoyed eight years as Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral.
He has appeared as a soloist or accompanist on twelve commercial recordings, all of which have received excellent reviews across broadsheets and industry press including The Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, and The Guardian. His most recent recording of Gabriel Jackson’s music with Truro Cathedral Choir and saxophonist Joel Garthwaite (Vox Clara) was received particularly enthusiastically. The Observer writing “Everything Bond and Garthwaite touch has a sprinkling of magic dust“.
Luke is an advocate of new music and has given numerous premieres in concert, broadcast and recording including Julian Philips’ Church Music and Graham Fitkin’s Organ, both on BBC Radio 3.
Luke has performed recitals in London’s St Paul’s and Westminster Cathedrals, and Westminster Abbey. In the UK he has performed with the country’s leading orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra of Wales, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has performed organ concertos with City of London Sinfonia and internationally across Russia as a representative of the British Council.
The Chamber Choir will be attending a third choral masterclass with a world class choral specialist in a couple of week’s time.