Our music team

JJ for Laudemus websiteMusical Director: Jeremy Jackman

An experienced musical director, choir trainer and composer, Jeremy Jackman’s work in the field of choral music is of the highest international standard. His insightful and energetic work with choirs means he is much in demand.  No rehearsal with Jeremy is ever boring; no performance is less than musically inspired.

His professional career began as a treble at St Paul’s Cathedral, where the daily singing of Choral Evensong established a life-long affinity with this most beautiful of the Anglican choral services. As the top voice of the celebrated King’s Singers from 1980 to 1990, Jeremy toured the world’s most prestigious venues, experience which now informs his work as a conductor and workshop director. His engaging personality enables him to establish an instant rapport with groups of all ages, sizes and standards.

Currently Chorus Master to OSJ Voices and Music Director to the English Baroque Choir and the Cecilian Singers, Jeremy has for many years also conducted the choral course at the Sherborne Summer School (formerly Canford) and regularly directs courses and workshops for other groups. Many of his compositions are published, and no Laudemus Evensong would be complete without at least one of his creative hymn fauxbourdons and descants.

To learn more about Jeremy, visit www.jeremyjackman.co.uk

David Coram (from Jean)Organist: David Coram

It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the death of David Coram on 28 January 2019. David had been the organist for Laudemus! since 2011, and was capable of coaxing the loveliest sounds from the least promising of instruments. His imagination and musicianship were displayed to the full in his improvisations and his psalm accompaniments, and his skill at making on-the-spot repairs to neglected pipes and actions saved us from many a mid-service squeak and cipher.

The ups and downs of David’s life were shared – sometimes hour by hour – on his Facebook page. Here one could find political comment; funny stories; videos of hymn embellishments from St Peter’s Hammersmith; a seemingly endless saga of unreliable vehicles; and photos of organs in various stages of restoration, of interesting cookery experiments, of children playing, and of ingenious bits of DIY. Here he also shared moments of elation and despair.

This tribute from the Salisbury Journal, written by Annie Riddle of the Salisbury Community Choir, will echo the thoughts of many who knew David.

His Facebook page is now also awash with tributes. He will be desperately missed by all those with whom he worked, and by all those he loved and who loved him. But none will miss him more than his two little children, whom he adored. Rest in peace, David.

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