Choir Director

Rupert has led choir tours to Russia, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand, Ireland, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Germany several times. When he was Music Director of Coventry Cathedral, he was invited by Rostropovich to contribute the choristers part in Britten’s War Requiem for a performance attended by the German President and the former Soviet leader Gorbachev. His choristers have also sung this work in Hamburg, Heidelberg, Wurzburg, and Cambridge.

Rupert has directed adult choirs, professional quartets, mixed choirs, children, men and boys in a huge range of music in both concert or devotional environments. Many of his choristers in Coventry obtained Grade 8 singing (some were only 12 or 13 years old), and he has always managed to lift the horizons of the musicians he works with. His judicious selection of repertoire, combined with his encyclopaedic knowledge of liturgy ensures that singers not only think they sing better, but actually do!

For a time, Rupert combined his Cathedral duties with the Music Directorship of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, giving concerts and soirees across Dorset and further afield. He was also on the staff of the Birmingham Conservatoire where his gift for languages helped coach many students to success. He has trained both boys and girls to sing in up to 20 languages, including more unusual ones such as Aramaic, Vietnamese, Maori. 

As a boy chorister in Edinburgh and student at Cambridge he toured the USA, Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Hungary. He understands the real intellectual, spiritual and musical value of being a chorister and is a keen advocate for choral programmes in schools and colleges. As a choral clinician he has advised choirs and singers in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
He has worked extensively with the Royal School of Church Music, the Guild of Church Musicians, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and with many church groups in the areas of theology, liturgy and spirituality.

In 2003, Rupert worked on a BBC Songs of Praise programme which won Best Entertainment from the Royal Television Society. With the inspiration of Pop Idol producer, Pete Waterman, Rupert identified 90 youngsters and moulded a choir out of them over several weeks, culminating in a feast of carols conducted by Rupert in Coventry Cathedral.