At a glance
To say he's impressive would be an understatement.The Telegraph
Graham Ross is Director of Music of Clare College, Cambridge, and Principal Conductor/co-founder of The Dmitri Ensemble. A composer and conductor of a broad repertoire, he has had works performed throughout Europe and beyond.
Graham Ross has established an exceptional reputation as a sought-after conductor and composer of a very broad range of repertoire. His performances around the world and his extensive discography have earned consistently high international praise, including a Diapason d’Or, Le Choix de France Musique and a Gramophone Award nomination. As a guest conductor he has worked with Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, and Salomon Orchestra, making his debuts in recent seasons with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Singers, DR Vokal Ensemblet (Danish National Vocal Ensemble), London Mozart Players, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He is co-founder and Principal Conductor of The Dmitri Ensemble, and, since 2010, Fellow and Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he directs the internationally-renown Choir. Highlights in the 2019/20 season include concerts with the Choir of Clare College in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau, the Netherlands, Germany, and across the UK, and return engagements to BBC Singers, Aalborg Symfoniorkester and DR Vokal Ensemblet.
In recent seasons Graham Ross’s work has taken him to Sydney Opera House, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and across the USA, Canada and Europe. At the age of 25 he made his BBC Proms and Glyndebourne debuts, with other opera work taking him to Jerusalem, London, Aldeburgh and Provence. A passionate believer in the unveiling of both unjustly-neglected and newly-written works, he has conducted and recorded world premières of a wide spectrum of composers, including James MacMillan, Judith Bingham, Giles Swayne, Vaughan Williams, Imogen Holst, Lydia Kakabadse, Nico Muhly, Jocelyn Pook, Brett Dean and Matthew Martin. He has conducted more than twenty albums, and since 2011 has recorded exclusively for Harmonia Mundi, including a highly-acclaimed series of music for the church year. His latest album of music by Arvo Pärt is due for release in 2020.
As a composer commissions have included BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, O Duo, Park Lane Group, The Prince Consort, Solstice Quartet and the Wigmore Hall. As an animateur and through outreach work he has conducted projects in Tower Hamlets, Wigmore Hall, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and overseas in Nigeria, Palestine, across Europe and the USA. He is Artistic Director of Fringe in the Fen, a music and arts festival in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, and director of Singers Abroad, running annual courses for singers of all ages.
Graham Ross studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and conducting at the Royal College of Music, London. He held a conducting scholarship with the London Symphony Chorus, has served as assistant conductor for Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Jurowski and Diego Masson, and acted as Chorus Master for Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Ivor Bolton, Edward Gardner, Richard Tognetti and Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and Graham Ross give their first performance in their 2019 Asia tour today in Macau. The tour finishes with the choir's debut at the Shanghai Symphony Chamber Hall on Sunday 29 September. Read more
This week the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and director Graham Ross tour Spain for a series of concerts and workshops in Barcelona, Madrid, Avila and Gijon. Read more
After a successful tour of Canada and the USA, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and director Graham Ross travel to Mexico today for three concerts in the Festival del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México, which marks their debut in the country. Read more
Today the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and director Graham Ross set off on their latest concert tour including their Mexican debut. Read more
The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge tours around the UK for Christmas 2018, including an appearance on BBC Radio 3's flagship programme In Tune, and the annual St John's Smith Square performance. Read more
Clare College has emerged in recent years to the pinnacle of international recognition, and the fact that Graham Ross corrals these young men and women, who turnover every year, into such a unified and tonally suave unit is a testament to his innate musicality and leadership.Audiophile Audition on 'Mater Ora Filium'
Shostakovich’s music and Rudolf Barshai’s very understanding re-imagining of it is expertly served in these superb performances, both in the technical sense and emotionally... Graham Ross and his expert colleagues make a wonderful case for these works and their outstanding performances have been captured in very fine recorded sound, produced and engineered by John Rutter. I hope that this very fine disc will be followed by recordings of Barshai’s arrangements of the Third and Fourth Quartets.MusicWeb International - John Quinn on Graham Ross and the Dmitri Ensemble's disc 'Shostakovich - Barshai: Chamber Symphonies' on Harmonia Mundi
The singing and, above all, direction are of such consummate musicianship...Gramophone - Caroline Gill on The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge disc of ‘Stabat Mater dolorosa: Music for Passiontide’ for Harmonia Mundi
This is immensely beautiful singing, the Choir of Clare College under Graham Ross producing a sound which is neatly manicured and has been polished to an almost flawless shine.International Record Review - Marc Rochester on The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge disc of ‘Stabat Mater dolorosa: Music for Passiontide’ for Harmonia Mundi
It made no sense on paper … and yet, in the flesh seemed to tell a story that may well have explained everything. … In the playing (Tognetti particularly lithe in the Brandenburg Concerto moment; the nimble strengths of the vocalists arranged and directed by Graham Ross) … the obvious or cheap was skirted or managed. This had been a crazy brave excursion by the ACO and The Presets. I am almost astonished to realise that it worked.Sydney Morning Herald - Bernard Zeul on Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Timeline’ project
...impeccable diction… unforced grace… Under Graham Ross this was a virtuoso performance that showed the skill and courage of these young performers at their best.Cleveland Classical - Nicholas Jones on The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge ‘Veni Emmanuel: Music for Advent’ concert in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
The Choir of Clare College sound exceptionally good, hauntingly so… Conductor Graham Ross deserves hearty congratulations for the wonderful precision and passion of the performances… It is a hands-down winner.Gapplegate Classical Modern Music Review - Grego Applegate on The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge disc of ‘Veni Emmanuel: Music for Advent’ for Harmonia Mundi
To get something like this off the ground takes a particular set of talents, and the presiding talent here was the conductor Graham Ross... To say he's impressive would be an understatement.The Telegraph
Selected Discography —
Pange Lingua: Music for Corpus Christi
radiantly sung...gloriously recorded...
Mater Ora Filium: Music for Epiphany
This wide-ranging selection from Graham Ross and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, is their most imaginative so far
BBC Music Magazine
This is a beautifully programmed and performed disc... Of recordings of the choir and organ version of Duruflé's Requiem, I've heard none better. This, though, is just the crowning point of an engaging and thought-provoking recital, including a perfectly poised and paced Harris Bring us, O Lord God and conductor Graham Ross's exquisite own arrangement of Abide with me.
Haec dies: Music for Easter
I can’t think of a better collection of music for Easter
Requiem: Music for All Saints & All Souls
the Choir of Clare College, conducted by Graham Ross, summons all its eloquence for a masterpiece of the genre.
Shostakovich / Barshai: Chamber Symphonies
The rendition as a whole is nothing if not fresh and finely poised, the results are superb. Recommended.
Ascendit Deus: Music for Ascensiontide and Pentecost
Splendidly bright...vigorous...haunting effect...all beautifully performed by this accomplished choir. Let’s hope an Easter disc is on its way.
Lux de Caelo: Music for Christmas
Singing-wise, this might just be the best disc of the year. These young voices are game for anything, impeccably drilled and musically sensitive.
Stabat Mater Dolorosa: Music for Passiontide
BBC Radio 3
Carefully chosen, elegantly sequenced and excellently sung: one of the most attractive new Easter recordings of the year.
Giles Swayne: Magnificat I; *The silent land Stabat mater; *Ave verum corpus; *Stabat mater
BBC Music Magazine
a very worthwhile disc. ... Excellent performances and recordings.
Imogen Holst: Choral Music
BBC Music Magazine
These performances are poised, immaculate
Veni Emmanuel: Music for Advent
Related Media —
Graham Ross conducts The Dmitri Ensemble and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge - Live at the Cadogan HallFeaturing Dmitri Shostakovich arr. Barshai: Chamber Symphony: I. Largo, II. Allegro molto (extracts) and Johannes Brahms arr. John Eliot Gardiner: Geistliches Lied Op. 30 (extract) View on YouTube
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