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Jeremy Jackman


THE CECILIAN SINGERS is a mixed-voice chamber choir of thirty members based in Leicester, whose broad repertoire includes music from the Renaissance to the present day.

The choir was formed in 1982 from a group of highly committed singers. All members have wide experience of choral singing and many have well-earned reputations as soloists in their own right. Since being established the group has performed with many celebrities well known in the musical world, including The Cambridge Buskers, Fairer Sax, Ian & Jennifer Partridge, Maryetta & Vernon Midgley, Peter Skellern, Rebecca Carrington, The Goldstone Duo, The Temperance Seven, Emma Kirkby & Anthony Rooley, Martyn Hill & Julie Moffat and The Midland Baroque Ensemble. Other guests have included East Midlands musicians, the saxophonist Alistair Parnell, and the accompanists John Keys, Neville Ward and Andrew King.

In 1999 the Singers were honoured to give the first performance outside London of Jeremy Jackman’s new English version of Bach’s “St. John Passion”.

Cecilans in the Czech Republic castle

The Singers’ reputation and success have also rewarded them and their audiences with choral works specially written for them, including Roger Harvey of the Philip Jones Brass ensemble, and Antonin Tucapsky. Commissioned works include “Cecilia Ni Sa” by Francis Silkstone, based on Indian Ragas, and Jeremy Jackman’s “The Great God Pan”, the latter written for the 2006 concert with special guests Emma Johnson & John Lenehan.In 2003 the Cecilians celebrated their 21st anniversary with a concert featuring Black Dyke Band with presenter Brian Kay. Concerts from the 2007 and 2008 seasons highlight the diverse repertoire of the Singers. Established works included performances of Scarlatti's 'Stabat Mater' and Brahms's 'German Requiem' with The North Cotswold Chamber Choir with Barry & Nicola Rose on organ and piano. More modern works include an enjoyable association with Stoneygate School Choir performing Jeremy Jackman’s ‘Sticky-Wacky-Steely-Rock-Grip-Chop-Bounce!’, as well as participation in the Festival of Choirs at De Montfort Hall. In addition the Singers regularly participated in the Leicester Early Music Festival, at one of their appearances receiving great acclaim for their performance of Purcell's 'Dido & Æneas' accompanied by The Cecilian Academy. The choir also marked 23 years under the baton of Jeremy, with a celebratory concert in 2013 featuring the Queens Park Sinfonia and the first performance of Jeremy's composition 'Three Scribes'.

Cecilian Singers

During recent years the choir has undertaken several foreign tours and entertained audiences in northern Germany, northern Italy, Valencia in Spain, Belgium and Austria. The highlight of the 2009 tour of Paris was a concert performed in Notre Dame Cathedral. They recently returned from a successful and enjoyable tour of the Czech Republic, with performances in churches in Prague, Pisek and Karlovy Vary.

The Singers’ latest CD, “For All Seasons”, is now available to buy. For further information please contact the Secretary.

The Singers owe much of their acclaim to the quality of Music Directors past and present. For the early years they were guided by Malcolm Goldring and Brian Kay, and for the past twenty years they have continued to thrive under the direction of Jeremy Jackman. However, the success wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and commitment of the thirty members themselves.


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Jeremy Jackman

'There is no such thing as the musician who has done everything: but then you glance at Jeremy Jackman's career to date and you begin to wonder….

As a member of The King's Singers for 10 years, he performed many times over in the world's most prestigious concert halls, and made countless recordings and broadcasts.  He has worked with Julie Andrews, Placido Domingo and John Denver all at the same time, and once found himself (for TV) singing Christmas music on horseback at 8.30 am on a freezing October morning beside a lake in Yorkshire – wearing a monk's habit (don't ask!)

As a conductor you might expect to find that he has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and St John's Smith Square (and you would be right). He has also directed performances at St Paul's Cathedral, St Mark's Venice, and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.  Less likely venues include St Pancras station, a Belfast shopping mall, and underground caves in Slovenia: not forgetting the performance of Mussorgsky's 'Night on a Bare Mountain' with full symphony orchestra on a beach in Jamaica.  Did he break the world record for conducting the largest number of participants in Benjamin Britten's "Noye's Fludde" at Alexandra Palace in 2009?  There were certainly several zoo's-worth of children……

Jeremy's compositions have been performed in concert halls around the world, and he was recently surprised to discover that his music has even reached the silver screen.  His arrangement of Bach's 'Bist du bei mir' is featured on the French film 'Polisse', which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011'

More information can be found on his website


Assistant Music Director - Guy Turner

Guy Turner studied Music at Cambridge, where he sang in Clare Choir under John Rutter, and founded the St Michael's Singers.

He was a music teacher for thirty-one years, during which time he was also active as a conductor. Conductorships included the Tudor Singers, Egham and District Choral Society, Surrey Heath Youth Orchestra and Somerset County Youth Choir. He was director of music at St John the Baptist, Yeovil, for seven years.

in 2008 he moved to Nottinghamshire to take up a post singing in the Cathedral Choir at Southwell Minster, where he remains. He combines this with a freelance career as a singer, conductor, pianist, teacher and composer. He is also the archivist of the Eric Thiman Collection and a question verifier for TV quizzes. He is the conductor of Bingham and District Choral Society and Ollerton Daytime Voices. His compositions range from a Requiem and other extended choral works, to close harmony numbers, such as the famous Tequila Samba, and stage works, such as his adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters.

Guy Turner www.guyturner.co.uk

Guy Turner

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Awards for All Lottery Grants Scheme for Local Communities www.awardsforall.org.uk/
Britain’s What’s On Event Guide www.wherecanwego.com/
British Choirs on the Net – Alphabet Choir Listings www.choirs.org.uk/C.html
Box Office On-line www.wegottickets.com/CecilianSingers
Brandenburg www.brandenburg.org.uk/bcf-concerts/2015/10/17/pearls
Cantamici www.cantamicichoir.org.uk/
Charnwood Arts What’s On Guide whatson.charnwood-arts.org.uk/
Community Information Network for Leicestershire and Rutland www.infolinx.org/infolinx/infolinx.infolinx_forms.all_search_form
Concert Diary Ltd. The interactive Concert Guide. www.concert-diary.com
The Harborough Singers www.harboroughsingers.org.uk
Jeremy Jackman, Music Director www.jeremyjackman.co.uk/
Kingfisher Chorale www.kingfisherchorale.org/
Leicester Bach Choir www.leicesterbachchoir.org.uk/
Leicester Early Music Festival www.earlymusicleicester.co.uk/
Leicester Philharmonic Choir www.thephil.org.uk/
Leicestershire Chorale www.leicestershirechorale.org.uk/
Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Musical Events Diary www.leicesterbc.plus.com/calendar.html
Making Music for the E. Midlands www.makingmusic.org.uk/inyourarea/east/groups/c/ceciliansingersofleicester
North Cotswold Chamber Choir www.nc3.org.uk/
Phillip Tolley’s Concert Finder Diary - classical choral concerts www.concertfinder.co.uk/
Recordings of three devotional pieces by John Heyes www.youtube.com/watch?v=cin_cy46t-o
Recording of three new composition and arrangements by John Heyes www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnXeIT0jF0s
Richard Attenborough Centre www.le.ac.uk/racentre/
Stapleford Park www.staplefordpark.com/photo-gallery/videos.html
Stamford Chorale www.stamfordchoral.org/
What’s on in Leicester http://whatson.leicester.gov.uk/Index.aspx
Whats on in Leicestershire www.leicestershire.gov.uk/index/whatson.htm

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