University Women's Choir appoint Jack Apperley as Conductor for 2019/20

University Women’s Choir are pleased to welcome the young upcoming choral conductor, Jack Apperley, as their new Chorus Master for the 2019/20 academic year.

Jack Apperley is a London based freelance conductor. Under the tutelage of Patrick Russill, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music where he obtained a Masters in Choral Conducting. He was awarded a Distinction and received the Sir Thomas Armstrong Choral Leadership Prize. Prior to this, Jack read Music at the University of Birmingham where he was mentored by Simon Halsey CBE. Currently, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Imperial College Chamber Choir and Concordia Voices. He also works regularly with the London Symphony Chorus as an Assistant Chorus Master. This summer sees him compete in the World International Choral Conducting Competition in Hong Kong.

Apperley replaces the departing Patrick Barrett, who takes up the role of Junior Chorus Director at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, following two critically acclaimed years directing the choir in Birmingham.

Based at the Bramall Music Building, Apperley is another addition to the distinguished choral music-making team at the university, which has internationally renowned musicians Professor Simon Halsey CBE, Bob Chilcott, and Julian Wilkins delivering a wide range of choral activity.

Upcoming highlights for the university choirs in 2019/20 include joint concerts with Birmingham University Singers and University Women’s Choir in the Bramall Music Building, a performance of Mahler’s eighth symphony (“Symphony of a Thousand”) at Symphony Hall with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and a collaboration with Cor Jove de L’Orfeó Català in Birmingham on their UK tour.