ABOUT OXFORD BACH SOLOISTS

The Oxford Bach Soloists (OBS) exists to perform the complete vocal works of J. S. Bach in Oxford. Drawing from an abundance of Oxford talent, OBS provides the next generation of young soloists, many of whom are choral scholars from the University’s college chapels, with the opportunity to collaborate with a professional baroque orchestra.

OBS also exists to provide a laboratory for current research, working together with Professors from the University of Oxford’s Faculties of Music, Theology, and Modern Languages.

“Absolutely perfect in every way.” Tim Hughes

Oxford Times

TOM HAMMOND-DAVIES

Musical impresario, artistic director and choral conductor

Founded in 2015 by Tom Hammond-Davies, the Oxford Bach Soloists offers a musical experience converging composer, performer, and audience.

Winner of multiple awards, Hammond-Davies has worked with Lorin Maazel, Peter Manning, James Gilchrist, Dame Ann Murray, Roderick Williams, and conducted premières of works by Colin Riley, Paul Spicer, and Sir James MacMillan. Appearances include the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, the Three Choirs Festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival, Three Palaces Festival Malta, and as guest conductor with the New Mozart Orchestra, International Baroque Players, Oxford Bach Choir, New Chamber Singers in Rome, and Music Nova in Antwerp.

Educated at Oxford and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Hammond-Davies was Organ Scholar at Hertford College, a countertenor Lay Clerk with the Choir of New College, Choir Director at St John’s College, and nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship.

OUR TRUSTEES

Miles Young

Miles Young

Chairman

Miles Young was an undergraduate historian at New College, Oxford from 1973 to 1976 and he returned to New College as Warden in 2016.

His business career has been spent in advertising and marketing, most recently as Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy and Mather, a leading global communications network. More than half of that was spent outside the UK, in China, and then in North America. He retains a strong interest in the issues facing developing countries, especially in Asia.

Judith Finch

Judith Finch

Treasurer

Judith is a chartered accountant who spent many years in practice with KPMG, auditing and advising companies from listed multinationals to small arts bodies and independent businesses.  She then moved to Oxford University as an administrator, where she has had a number of roles in planning and financial organisation.  She is a keen singer and lapsed oboist.

Louise Gullifer

Louise Gullifer

Professor Louise Gullifer is Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Oxford and is a fellow of Harris Manchester College.   She holds one of the temporary chairs of the Business and Law Research Centre, International Commercial Law, at Radboud University, Nijmegen.   She is the director of the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College     She has co-authored a number of books on commercial law and debt financing, including Goode and Gullifer on Legal Problems of Credit and Security, The Law of Security and Title Financing, The Law of Personal Property and Corporate Finance Law : Principles and Policy.

Paull Hammond-Davies

Paull Hammond-Davies

Paull Hammond-Davies is the Head of Alumni Communications and Marketing at the Alumni Office of the University of Oxford. He is responsible for the alumni brand, digital activities, and sits on the editorial board of the alumni magazine. As well as being a Trustee of OBS, he also runs their social media accounts. 

Pegram Harrison

Pegram Harrison

Pegram Harrison teaches entrepreneurship and leadership at Oxford’s Saïd Business School and Brasenose College; his classes sometimes involve contributions from Tom Hammond-Davies and other OBS performers. He was a choral scholar at Clare College Cambridge in the 1990s, and sings with various ensembles around Oxford. He and his husband Anthony Evans-Pughe live in Oxford with their unruly dog Gethin.

Robert Quinney

Robert Quinney

Robert Quinney is Organist and Tutor in Music at New College, Oxford, and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Music. In addition to his daily work with New College Choir, he maintains a parallel career as a solo organist, appearing in 2017 at the Royal Festival Hall and at the BBC Proms. His recordings of organ music by J. S. Bach have been widely acclaimed.

Aileen Thomson

Aileen Thomson

Aileen graduated in 2010 from St Peter’s College, Oxford. After a short stint as a teacher, Aileen has worked in fundraising since 2012 in both the higher education and traditional charity sectors. She is currently the Development Executive at Christ Church, Oxford, where is she is responsible for the regular giving programme and raising major gifts. She is still active as a musician, singing with groups including the Blenheim Singers and Oxford Bach Soloists; and as a soloist in Oxford and London.

Giovanna Vitelli

Giovanna Vitelli

Dr Giovanna Vitelli is Director of the University Engagement Programme (UEP) at the Ashmolean Museum, which is tasked with expanding the use of the museum’s collections across the full range of Oxford’s faculties. Giovanna is an archaeologist and anthropologist who has done field work and taught in Europe, North Africa, and North America; her research and teaching interests centre on early modern social history and the relationship between people and things. Her musical interest centres on the early modern period, and vocal music of later periods.

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