The Chamber Choir began its activities in September 2021. It is expected to sing about thirty services in the Cathedral each year, often undertaking all the services for a weekend when the Cathedral Choir is absent (eg at half term or immediately after the major festivals). In addition, it aims to undertake three or four Parish visits each year, typically singing evensong, will sing at three or four weddings and/or funerals and spend a period in residence in another cathedral during the month of August. There are around forty weekly rehearsals, held in the Cathedral song school, currently on Thursday evenings. Members are expected to attend the majority of rehearsals and services.
Alexander Hamilton is Assistant Director of Music at Wells Cathedral, a position he has held since September 2020. In this role, he plays the organ for the majority of services in the cathedral, directs Wells Cathedral Chamber Choir and assists in the training of the boy and girl choristers. Alexander is the organ teacher for Wells Cathedral School.
Prior to taking up his appointment in Wells, Alexander held organ scholarships at Westminster Abbey, Trinity College, Cambridge and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He has studied the organ with Henry Fairs, Ann Elise Smoot, Colin Walsh and Stephen Farr. Alexander read Music as Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he accompanied the choir in its busy schedule of services, concerts and tours. He has appeared as both accompanist and soloist on a number of critically-acclaimed recordings, including discs of music by Stanford, Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Cecilia McDowall and Owain Park, and also features on a recent album by the internationally-renowned vocal ensemble Voces8.
Alexander won First Prize in the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition 2015. Recent engagements have included a Bach concert at the St Albans International Organ Festival, and recitals at the London Organ Day, King’s College, Cambridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, St John’s Smith Square and Westminster Abbey. During 2016-2017, he was Artistic Director of Bach at Trinity, a year-long recital series surveying the complete organ works of Bach. As a conductor, recent engagements have included performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio with his own ensemble, The Kilgour Consort.
Adam Wilson has been Assistant Organist of Wells Cathedral since 2021, having previously been Acting Assistant Master of the Music at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh.