The Lost Chord
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About the artists
Alexander Norman is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry. He holds a Master of Music degree from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied Choral Conducting with Paul Spicer. Before this, Alex was an undergraduate student and organ scholar at Royal Holloway College. He accompanied the Chapel Choir for weekly services and Broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 and 3 (Choral Evensong). Alex also accompanied recording of music by Rihards Dubra on the Hyperion label.
He has played the organ for the choir in many prestigious cathedrals and churches. These include Evensongs at St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), St. George’s Chapel (Windsor), Washington National Cathedral and St. John the Divine Cathedral (New York). In addition, Alex has given organ recitals at Birmingham and Coventry Cathedrals as well as in local churches. He studied the organ with Rupert Gough and Alistair Reid.
During his time as Artistic Director of Convivium Singers, Alex was producer on a number of recordings for Convivium Records. These include albums of choral music by Malcolm Archer and Margaret Rizza. Alex also conducted on a CD of music by the late Renaissance composer Peter Philips.
He directed the ensemble at the Tolosa International Choral Contest and at festivals in Italy, Sardinia and the Czech Republic. He subsequently returned to Tolosa in October 2018 to conduct Convivium Singers at the 50th Anniversary of the Choral Contest.
Alexander Norman founded the Charpentier Ensemble in 2015 to explore vocal music of the Baroque Era. This involves some of the rising stars of the early music scene.
Convivium Singers is an award-winning, critically acclaimed choral ensemble. They provide opportunities for young singers at the early stages of performing careers. In addition, talented musicians who have chosen not to pursue careers in music form part of the ensemble. Above all, the ensemble specialises in performing and recording sacred and secular music by living European and American composers. BBC Radio 3’s ‘CD Review’ recently described them as ‘an extraordinarily good choir to listen to’.
Convivium Singers have released a number of recordings in recent years. For instance, they collaborated with companies including the Baltic Exchange (London), and publishers including the Royal School of Church Music. Composer discs include works by Jonathan Dove, Margaret Rizza, Malcolm Archer, Carson Cooman, Hugh Benham and Michael Higgins. They have also delved into early music, and their CD of motets by Peter Philips (Convivium Records) received a Choir & Organ five-star review. In 2014 the choir was filmed at Portsmouth Cathedral for the BBC’s DDay70 Songs of Praise Special.
The Singers often work with established conductors and composers to introduce contemporary music to wider audiences. They were prize-winners at the Tolosa International Choral Contest (2011, Spain). In addition, they performed at Milan’s La Fabbrica del Canto festival and the Czech choral festival Sborové slavnosti.
Convivium Singers have a diverse repertoire from traditional choral music to folk-songs, partsongs and popular arrangements.