Directors of Music associated with Christ the King

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Ian Hall
Alan Wilson
Simon Over

Ian Hall ?1966- 19??

His Excellency Professor Ian Hall was appointed Ambassador-at-Large of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations in 2000. He is President of The Bloomsbury International Society which promotes human harmony using the alembic of the arts, education, travel and sport.

The first black person to take an Honours Degree in Music at the University of Oxford, he is an organist, singer, composer, human rights activist, orator, broadcaster and freelance journalist. In 1982 he was appointed Special Consultant to the United Nations Center Against Apartheid.

In recognition of his musical gifts, in 1996 and 1997 respectively, he was invited to become an Honorary Professor of the University of Sierra Leone and the University of Ghana. Active nationally and internationally as a cultural politician, he has earned the personal support and appreciation of the Royal Family and Heads of State.

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Alan Wilson 1974-86

Born in Nottingham, Wilson won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music at the age of 17, where he obtained his ARCM and LRAM diplomas.

He attended several composition classes with Nadia Boulanger and on a further scholarship went to the Amsterdam Conservatoire to study the techniques of early keyboard music with Gustav Leonhardt.

He soon became widely known as a keyboard player with early music groups such as the Consort of Musicke and the Noyse of Musitians.

From 1974 to 1986 he was Director of Music at the University Church of Christ the King, writing much music for the Church Choir, which toured frequently in the UK and Germany. He began to receive commissions and wrote the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for the Norwich Festival of Contemporary Church Music.

After leaving the university church, he became Director of Music at Queen Mary College in east London and at the famous "Bow Bells" church of St. Mary-le-Bow, and founded his own choir, the Alan Wilson Singers. He regularly directs and composes for BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service.

Wilson’s compositional style is influenced particularly by early baroque music and by contemporary popular and folk idioms, while remaining closely linked to the Anglican choral tradition. At the heart of his Communion settings is a strong desire to bring choir and congregation together as equal participants in musical worship. His four popular settings for Rite A range from the cathedral-like Mass of Light to the simple congregational Mass of All Saints and the exuberant rock-mass Mass of Regeneration.

His interest in the keyboard extends to the experimental sounds of the modern synthesizer and he has been a driving force in the use of synthesizers in church worship. The Magnificant and Nunc Dimittis, scored for choir and organ, had an optional synthesizer part, and Wilson went a step further in the Mass of the Holy Trinity (another commission for the Norwich Festival of Contemporary Church Music) by writing for two synthesizers and using a range of sounds and effects not previously heard in the cathedral.

Wilson’s popular series of morning and evening canticles Christus Rex and his four volumes of Seasonal Carols are his thoughtful and highly effective answer to the changing styles of musical worship.

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Simon Over ??-1992

After he left CTK in 1992, he was organist and director of music at St Margaret's Westminster for 10 years. He left that post in 2002 and now runs Southbank Sinfonia

Simon Over (Music Director of Southbank Sinfonia): Trained at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, the Royal Academy of Music and Oxford University, Simon is an experienced orchestral, opera and choral conductor, and a renowned accompanist.

Southbank Sinfonia arises from his passion for making music, for working with young musicians, and for taking music to a wider audience.

From 1992-2002 he was part of the music staff at Westminster Abbey and Director of Music at St. Margaret's, Westminster. He is also the Founder-Conductor of the Parliament Choir (MPs, Peers and staff of the Palace of Westminster).

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