News & Reviews

All the world’s a stage – Concert Review

All the world’s a stage – or – No holds ‘Bard’ The Vivace chorus and The Brandenburg Sinfonia directed by Jeremy Backhouse joined forces with members of the Guildford Shakespeare Company to present an evening of Shakespearian delight at GLive on Saturday evening. The works of Shakespeare have influenced composers […]

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Handel: Dixit Dominus & Bach: Motet – Concert Review

****  London Evening Standard, 4th November 2016 St Peter’s, Eaton Square, an imposing neoclassical church in the heart of Belgravia, has been hosting chamber music concerts for ten years. With its bright, welcoming interior and generous acoustics it’s a delightful venue, just five minutes from Victoria, and one I wish […]

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Leith Hill Festival Adjudicator

Jeremy is delighted to be acting as an Adjudicator at the Leith Hill Music Festival in April. The Festival, founded by Ralph Vaughan Williams and conducted by him until 1953, is firmly established as the leading choral music festival in the country. The Festival has been conducted by former King’s […]

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“Jeremy Backhouse is the real deal” – Francis Pott

“Jeremy Backhouse is the real deal: a commanding and fearless conductor of impeccable technique and with a matchless ability to combine iron structural grasp on the grandest scale with a sensitivity to every expressive nuance and possibility. His calm, unflappable temperament and warm personal rapport with his performers have endeared […]

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Book Jeremy for a concert or workshop

Booking Jeremy for a concert or workshop has become much easier with his new business card. You can contact him using the details below or by using the enquiry form on this website.

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CD Review: Under the Shadow of His Wing – The Guardian

Seductively lush 4 out of 5 Stars Vasari Singers launch their own label with this wide-ranging, evocative double-CD meditation on the journey from darkness to light, a reworking of the Vespers service by Jonathan Rathbone, who takes texts from the liturgies of Compline and Evensong and applies double and sometimes […]

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[VIDEO] Bob Chilcott: Drums, Gourds and Rattles (The Making of the Drum)

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Vasari Singers launch new CD label

On 6th November, at a concert of this work in St Alban’s, Holborn, London, the Vasari Singers will launch their new CD label with a double CD recording of Jonathan Rathbone’s extraordinary a cappella work, ‘Under the shadow of His wing’. Commissioned by the Vasari Singers and first performed in […]

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[Video] Paul Mealor: A spotless Rose

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Ward Swingle (1927-2015)

Ward Swingle with Jeremy in 2003. I first met Ward and his family when they came to live in the UK. My mum was the church organist in our village and she straight away insisted all three daughters sang in the church choir. That began a long and happy family […]

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