Jeremy Cole is artistic director of Illuminare choir. He is also an assistant music director at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, and is pursuing a busy freelance career in London as an organist, piano accompanist and conductor, working regularly with choirs such as Polyphony and the Holst Singers. Click here to listen to extracts of Jeremy playing the organ.
Jeremy was organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, and graduated with a degree in music in July 2013. His role in the college chapel involved regularly conducting and accompanying the world-renowned choir in their routine of rehearsals and services, as well as their busy concert and recording schedule. In 2011 he played the organ on Trinity College Choir’s Gramophone Award-winning disc of the music of Herbert Howells for Hyperion, and features as accompanist and organ soloist on their forthcoming recording of the music of Kenneth Leighton.
In March 2013 Jeremy conducted a performance of Bach’s St John Passion with Illuminare and a period-instrument orchestra, in Trinity College Chapel. He has also recently conducted Bach’s Cantata BWV 21 as part of the Trinity College Music Society’s Cantata Week, as well as Monteverdi’s Vesper’s of 1610 in a concert with Cambridge choral scholars, the choristers of Fulham Prep School and members of His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. In 2012 he conducted the première of a new opera, Far From the Madding Crowd, by composer Barnaby Martin, in West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.
llluminare is a new chamber choir comprising some of the finest young singers in London and Cambridge. The choir was founded in 2012 (under the name Opus Chorale) by Jeremy Cole, for a concert in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, where they performed several successful concerts before moving to be based in London. Past performances have included Bach’s St John Passion and Cantata BWV 21, as well as Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in a concert with the choristers of Fulham Prep School and members of His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts.
Future concerts include a series of performances in Holy Trinity, Sloane Square - click here for more information.