Since its first appearance OSJ Voices has established itself as one of the country's foremost choral groups. Its chorus master is Jeremy Jackman. The choir gives a number of concerts a year with the Orchestra of St John's. Flexible in both size and approach, it is equally at home with the familiar, the less well known and the brand new.
Its repertoire includes a variety of a cappella music from the sixteenth century to the twentieth: Messiah and the Requiems of Mozart and Brahms; and contemporary works such as Stephen Montague's Varshavian Autumn, which was written especially for them and recorded with the orchestra on the Montague CD Snakebite.
Nothing if not versatile, the choir has also featured on Roberto Alagna's Christmas CD (EMI); broadcast Schumann's Requiem on Classic FM; appeared in Doomwatch for Channel Four; and provided the voices behind the BBCTV trailer for the 2002 Six Nations Championship!
In 2004 OSJ Voices celebrated its tenth anniversary. OSJ's Associate Composer Benjamin Wallfisch commemorated this event by writing A Winter's Tale for it, which was first performed in December of that year. In 2008 OSJ Voices featured on the BBC2 television series Maestro.
A beautiful and mood-filled programme of modern English, French and American art songs, this CD includes song cycles from Roger Quilter, Gerald Finzi, Francis Poulenc and Michael Tippett, as well as Herbert Howells' masterpiece King David. Also featured is the world première recording of White Bee, a song by the award-winning contemporary British composer Cecilia McDowall.