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.
Musical impresario, artistic director and choral conductor
One of the most versatile conductors of his generation, Tom Hammond-Davies is a multiple award-winning choral director based in Oxford.
Educated at Oxford and the Birmingham Conservatoire, Tom was Organ Scholar at Hertford College and a countertenor lay clerk with the Gramophone Award-winning Choir of New College; from October 2017 he will be the Director of Music at St John’s College.
Tom has for 12 years held the position of Director of Music at the City Church of St Michael at the North Gate and is the Musical Director of the Wooburn Singers, founded by Richard Hickox. His wide-ranging portfolio also includes positions as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Blenheim Singers and of the Oxford Bach Soloists, whose mission is to perform the complete vocal works of JS Bach over the next 12 years in Oxford.
Amongst his many accolades, Tom was awarded 1st prize in the Birmingham Conservatoire Sir Michael Beech Conducting Award, 1st prize in the Three Choirs Festival Conducting Award, and has been nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.