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Chris Williams
20th - century
Great Britain, England
C. Williams
Chris Williams (20th century), an English composer. Chris Williams has composed several pieces of music for Berkhamsted Choral Society. We were delighted to commission a new work again in Spring 2011, and very much enjoyed premiering The Cloud, based on Shelley’s poem of the same name, in May.
Chris began his musical career at the age of eight as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Having won a scholarship to study Music at New College, Oxford, he went on to study postgraduate composition and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he won several prestigious prizes, including the Royal Philharmonic Prize for composition.
He has lived in India since 2002, firstly as Composer-in-Residence at the Lawrence School, Sanawar, for whom he wrote a musical play, The Coolie’s Tale, to celebrate the centenary of the Kalka-Shimla Railway. Back in 1981 he had written a musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Kim for the school, which toured all of India.
In 2004, he moved to Bangalore, and has earned his living by playing the piano, and, by accident, has become an actor and model, appearing in two Bollywood films, corporate films and adverts. In 2004, he was Musical Director of Stand Up, Noah Small!, performed by children from 19 schools in Bangalore. In 2008, his Songs of the Coromandel Coast and Tsunami Requiem were performed at the Royal Festival Hall, London, by the English Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, of which Berkhamsted Choral Society is part. Over 500 children from Solihull sang his Stage Songs in the Royal Albert Hall in 2005. Recently, English Philharmonia published Chris’s Nowell! Nowell!, a Christmas resource for choirs, along with a CD.
Chris was the first ‘animateur’ to be appointed by the Arts Council in 1985 as Musician-in-Residence at the Beaford Centre.
Tsunami Requiem
Period:21st century
Composed in:2008
Text/libretto:Latin mass and texts by Chris Williams
Label(s):Omnibus Classics OMNB S5001
This requiem contains:
01. part I (3:14)
02. part II (5:33)
03. part III (6:18)
04. part IV (5:54)

♫ 01. part I
© Omnibus CC5001

♫ 02. part II
© Omnibus CC5001

♫ 03. part III
© Omnibus CC5001

♫ 04. part IV
© Omnibus CC5001
The CD "Omnibus Classics OMNB S5001" is a live recording of the hugely successful concert performed at London's Royal Festival Hall in May 2008, featuring the world premiere of a choral work about the Asian tsunami of 2004, by British composer Chris Williams. This powerful and moving new piece, Songs of the Coromandel Coast, greeted by a standing ovation, is a sequel to Williams' Tsunami Requiem, also featured here, along with his new brass quintet Malabar.
Contributor:Peter Ritskes