We are delighted that Dr Edward Wickham, Director of Music and Fellow of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, will be Acting Director of Music for Holy Week and Easter here at Christ Church. He will direct Schola Aedis Christi at services on Palm Sunday, the Sacred Triduum and on Easter Sunday. Edward is on holiday with his family in Western Austrlaia for a month and we are extremely grateful that he has agreed to take on this role while Hugh Lydon is on leave in the UK. Edward's biography is given below.
Edward Wickham is a choral conductor and teacher whose pioneering work in Contemporary and Renaissance repertoires has earned him an international reputation. In 1992 he established the vocal ensemble The Clerks, with which he has made over two dozen recordings, and received many plaudits including the Gramophone Early Music Award. The Clerks has given concerts in many of the major UK and European festivals and venues, numerous broadcasts on British, European and US radio, and undertaken coast-to-coast tours of the USA.
Since 2003, Edward Wickham has been Director of Music and a Fellow at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He is also an Affiliate Lecturer at the Faculty of Music in Cambridge and is Course Principal of the Master’s course in Choral Studies. As well as directing the College Choir, in 2008 Dr Wickham formed the St Catharine’s Girls’ Choir, the first and, until recently, only college-based choir for girls in the country. Under his direction, the choirs of St Catharine’s have made several recordings – latterly on the Resonus label – and toured as far afield as China and the United States. The choirs have gained a reputation for ambitious and innovative programming, which has included commissioning contemporary works and collaborations with musicians from non-Western traditions.
Dr Wickham is a committed advocate of choral outreach, and is the founder and Artistic Director of The Oxford and Cambridge Singing School, which runs vacation singing courses for children in London, Cambridge and Oxford.