MAHLER CYCLE 2011
Tiffin Boys' Choir
Simon Toyne, Director
Since its foundation in 1957, the Tiffin Boys' Choir has been one of the few state school choirs to have been continually at the forefront of the choral music scene in Britain.
The choir has worked with all the London orchestras and performs regularly with the Royal Opera. Recent engagements have included critically acclaimed performances of Carmen (Pappano), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hickox) and Tannhäuser (Bychkov); Boris Godunov with the Bolshoi Opera; Hänsel und Gretel (Sir Colin Davis); performances of Britten's War Requiem (Pappano); and a series of a capella concerts at the Spoleto Festival and in the Baltic States. The choir enjoys a partnership with the London Mozart Players, most recently performing Haydn's The Creation and the Fauré and Duruflé Requiems.
The choir has made recordings of most of the orchestral repertoire that includes boys' choir. Notable releases have included Mahler's Symphony No. 8 (EMI/Tennstedt), which was nominated for a Grammy Award; Puccini's Il Trittico, Massenet's Werther and Puccini's Tosca (EMI/Pappano); Britten's Billy Budd (Chandos/Hickox); Mahler's Symphony No. 3 (LSO Live/Gergiev and Telarc/Zander); and Britten's War Requiem (LPO Live/Masur). Members of the choir feature in DVD releases of Carmen, La bohème, Tosca and Hänsel und Gretel from the Royal Opera House.
Tiffin School is a state grammar school and specialist Arts College in Kingston-upon-Thames, described by OFSTED as 'exceptional'. The majority of the 1,200 boys in the school actively play a musical instrument, and over 100 boys study Music at GCSE and A Level. Several members of the choir have gained university choral scholarships on leaving Tiffin: there are ex-Tiffinians currently singing in the choirs of Jesus, King's and St John's Colleges in Cambridge; and Exeter, Magdalen and Oriel Colleges in Oxford.
Engagements in 2011 include Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Fauré's Requiem at St James's Piccadilly, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Oviedo and a concert tour of Australia in July/August.