Stainer & Bell are thrilled and honoured to announce the appointment of Angus Smith as their new Choral Ambassador, taking up a newly created role which at every level will deepen and enhance the company’s commitment to the choral community.
As founder, manager and artistic programmer of the internationally regarded Orlando Consort, now in its fourth decade, Angus needs no introduction to choral singers, conductors, musicologists, nor indeed anyone touched by his vast contribution to our understanding of medieval and renaissance repertoire, as well as contemporary music through the Orlando’s commissioning of numerous pieces from living composers. Furthermore, as artistic director in recent years of two major chamber music festivals, Sheffield’s Music in the Round and Music at Paxton in the Scottish Borders, Angus has extended his plethora of skills to bringing a broad range of repertoire to the wider community, a core principle of his professional life.
Angus Smith said of the appointment:
I am delighted to be joining the team at Stainer & Bell, and I am uplifted by the prospect of working with them to promote an exceptional collection of choral music. The company’s outstanding catalogue, ranging from the oldest surviving polyphony to the works of brilliant living composers, is an extraordinarily close reflection of so much of the repertoire I have most enjoyed performing during my professional career as a choral and consort singer.
In particular, as we find our feet – and our voices – in a post-Covid landscape, I feel passionately that we must harness the unique power of choral music, and the oceans of enthusiasm among singers and conductors, to renew and strengthen bonds and forge new relationships as we adapt positively to a changed world. The Stainer & Bell catalogue, the foundation of so much of historical importance for lovers of choral music worldwide, and now energized with the creative vigour of new, youthful composers in its Choral Now series, is a world-class vehicle to achieve this. I keenly anticipate the new focus of working with one of the world’s leading music publishers, in expectation of a bold and enterprising future.
Antony Kearns, Managing Director of Stainer & Bell, said:
We welcome Angus Smith to the S&B team as a valued addition to our ongoing strategy of evolution and growth for the company during what is unquestionably a unique moment in time, both challenging yet latent with potentially positive change. At Stainer & Bell that’s how we see the post-pandemic era, and with Angus on board in a vital role, we can steer confidently for the deep waters, fostering important and valued relationships, embracing opportunities and offering and delivering innovation in the world of choral singing.
London, 2 June 2020