Benjamin has been involved in the commissioning of a great many works, and conducted the premieres of Charlotte Bray’s Bach RE:Imagined in Southwark Cathedral with the City of London Sinfonia, Howard Goodall’s Veni Sancte Spiritus in Westminster Abbey and numerous choral works by Kerry Andrew, Birtwistle, Chilcott, Dove, Jackson, MacMillan, Martin, Muhly, Tabakova, Weir, and Wilby in Tewkesbury and Oxford.
Alex Little is Assistant Organist at Merton, a position which he has held since 2018, having previously been organ scholar at the college since 2015. He completed both his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Merton. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he has also gained recognition in international competitions, winning the Bach Prize and Third Prize overall at the 2018 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition.
As well as his work at Merton, Alex is accompanist of the Oxford Bach Choir, organist of the Sheldonian Theatre, and is a regular chorus-master with the Oxford Alternative Orchestra, working on operas by Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Steve Reich.
Carys Lane, Giles Underwood, and William Purefoy are the College's Vocal Coaches. They work with the Choral Scholars on a regular basis whilst continuing to give concerts both in the UK and abroad.
Patron of the College Choir
Peter Phillips, founder and director of The Tallis Scholars, is Patron of the College Choir. It was Peter’s idea that the College should consider establishing a Choral Foundation. Along with Benjamin Nicholas, he was a Reed Rubin Director of Music from 2008, a post he held until 2016. His involvement included recordings, tours and broadcasts, as well as conducting the choir on a number of occasions each term. The College is enormously grateful for Peter’s enthusiasm for the Choral Foundation and is delighted that he has accepted the honorary position of Patron. Peter is also a Bodley Fellow of the College.