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Philip Cave (Tenor, Conductor)

Born: England

The English tenor and choral conductor, Philp Cave, was a chorister from the age of 7. He studied music at Oxford University with Simon Preston (Bachelor of Arts: 1970-1973) and was a Choral Scholar and Lay-clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, where he also directed the College Choir, the Cathedral Voluntary Choir, and sang with the Schola Cantorum of Oxford and the Clerkes of Oxenford (Director: David Wulstan). During the following years, he taught music, performed as a soloist and conducted several ensembles including the Oxford Harmonic Society, a city choir of 120 voices, with whom he performed much of the standard choral society repertoire.

Philip Cave was a founding member of the The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips), with whom he gave over 400 performances. For many years a lay-clerk in Choir of New College, Oxford, directed by Edward Higginbottom. He has performed, toured and recorded with most of the UK’s leading vocal ensembles, including the Hilliard Ensemble, The Sixteen (Director: Harry Christophers), The English Concert (Director: Trevor Pinnock), The King's Consort (Director: Robert King), the Schütz Choir of London and the Cardinall’s Musick. As a vocal soloist, he has worked with celebrated conductors including Leonard Bernstein, and at venues including the Beethovenhalle in Bonn and the Sydney Opera House. He has performed across the UK, at the BBC Promenade Concerts in London, and has shared the concert platform with many distinguished musicians, including Sir Peter Pears, Sting, and Sir Paul McCartney.

Before joining the Choir of Men and Boys at Grace Church, Philp Cave was previously Organist and Choirmaster at All Souls Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, in Alexandria, Virginia, and at St. James’s, West Hartford, Connecticut.

Philp Cave currently teaches voice and music history at The College of New Jersey. Philip is founder (1991) and conductor of the English vocal ensemble Magnificat, which specializes in the restoration and performance of neglected masterworks of the Baroque and Renaissance periods. The ensemble has toured and performed in England, Spain, Greece and the USA, and has released a dozen CD recordings, which have attracted significant critical acclaim.

Active as a vocal and choral clinician and teacher, Philp Cave has led many masterclasses and workshops in the UK and USA. He is a recipient of the Byrne Award from the London Handel Society, and the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society. He is the founder and director of Chorworks, Inc., whose workshops bring together distinguished faculty and enthusiastic participants to increase the knowledge of early choral repertoire and performing techniques.

Source: Music at Grace .Church, New York Website; Website; Hyperion Website; Philip Cave profile on LinkedIn; Photo 01: © Bob Barkany
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