Dr. Julie Ainscough at the Frobenius organ of All Saints' Parish Church, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey (U.K.).

Dr. Julie Ainscough at the Frobenius organ of
All Saints' Parish Church, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey (U.K.).

Photograph: © Copyright 2012 Dr. Juliana M. Ainscough.

Choral  Director

As a choral conductor, I can offer the following:

   1) A high degree of musicianship dedicated to well-characterised and stylistic performances;
   2) a good-humoured, yet efficient and productive approach to rehearsal;
   3) a clear, communicative, but economical conducting technique;
   4) a working knowledge of French, German, Spanish and Latin (with appropriate pronunciations);
   5) some forty years' experience of Anglican and Roman Catholic church musicianship;
   6) excellent working knowledge of Gregorian plainchant and harmonising of accompaniments;
   7) first-class contacts with professional soloists, ensembles and other composers.

Among the works which I have directed are the following:

Anonymous Czech (?15th C.) -                            Gaudete! Christus est natus.

Matheo Flecha the elder (?1481-?1553) -             Ríu, ríu, chíu.

Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585) -                             Lamentations of Jeremiah the Prophet.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) -    Missa Brevis;
                                                                               Missa Aeterna Christi Munera.

William Byrd (c.1540-1623) -                              Mass for five voices;
                                                                               Ave Verum Corpus.

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) -                   Missa "O Magnum Mysterium";
                                                                                Missa "O Quam Gloriosum";
                                                                                Tenebrae Responsaries;
                                                                                Motet: "O Magnum Mysterium";
                                                                                Motet: "O Quam Gloriosum";
                                                                                Motet: "Ave Maria" a 4.

Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) -                              Psalm 51 (Miserere mei, Domine).

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) -                                  Anthem: "Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei";
                                                                                Anthem: "Remember not, Lord, our offences";
                                                                                Anthem: "I was glad".

George Frederick Handel (1685-1759) -                Chandos Anthems (with period instrumental ensemble);
                                                                                No.7 - Psalm 89: "My song shall be alway";
                                                                                No.9 - Psalm 135: "O praise the Lord with one consent".

Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809) -                           Little Organ Mass;

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) -           Missa Brevis in B flat;
                                                                                "Coronation" Mass;

Giacomo Rossini (1792-1868) -                            Petite Messe Solennelle (with Debain harmonium).

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) -                                Mass in G;

Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix (1809-1847) -        Hör mein bitten  (Hear my prayer).

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) -                                   Requiem (orch. Rutter);
                                                                                Cantique de Jean Racine (orch. Rutter);
                                                                                Messe Basse;
                                                                                Motet: "Maria Mater gratiae;"
                                                                                Motet: "Ave Maria";
                                                                                Motet: "Ave Verum Corpus".

Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) -                             Prologue to "The Apostles" (The Spirit of the Lord);
                                                                                Motet: "Ave Verum Corpus".

Fernand Laloux (a pupil of Ravel, d.1970) -          Missa Sancti Ignatii.

Herbert Howells (1892-1983) -                             Collegium Regale (Te Deum & Evening Canticles);
                                                                                Anthem: "Like as the hart";
                                                                                Anthem: "Mine eyes for beauty pine";
                                                                                Anthem: "O pray for the peace of Jerusalem";
                                                                                Communion Service in E flat.

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) -                                     Anthem: "Lo! the full, final sacrifice".

Jean Langlais (1907-1991) -                                   Missa in Simplicate.

Lord Britten of Aldeburgh (1913-1976) -               Anthem: "A hymn to the Virgin;"
                                                                                 Te Deum & Jubilate in C;
                                                                                 Missa Brevis in D;
                                                                                 Anthem: "Rejoice in the Lamb".

Cedric Thorpe Davie (1913-1983) -                        Anthem: "Come Holy Ghost the Maker".

Colin Mawby (b.1936) -                                          By the waters of Babylon;
                                                                                 Psalm 23;
                                                                                 Psalm 150.

Geoffrey Burgon (1941-2010) -                              Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis.

Motets from the Catholic tradition by Anerio, Byrd, Clemens non Papa, Croce, Couperin, Dering, Esquivel, Gibbons, Guerrero, Händl, Hassler, Ingegneri, John IV (King of Portugal), Morales, Morley, Palestrina, Pitoni, Sweelinck, Tallis, Vaet, Viadana, etc.;

Anthems and Mass settings from the Anglican Cathedral tradition by Aston, Bainton, Bairstow, Balfour Gardiner, Batten, Brewer, Bullock, Darke, Farrant, Gardner, Hadley, Harris, Holman, Ireland, Joubert, Kelly, Leighton, Ley, Lord, Mathias, Millington, Murrill, Nares, Parry, Stanford, Sumsion, Vaughan Williams, Warlock, Weelkes, S.S. Wesley, Wills, Wood, et alia.

"Thank you very much for all your help on Saturday at the IDWAL service. Your choir was splendid and the anthem was just right for the occasion. I am so glad that St. Mary's choir will be singing the morning services at the Cathedral on Sunday 28th August. I myself will be away on holiday, and so it is a relief to know that the music will be in good hands". (CANON ADRIAN LEAK, now retired Præcentor of Guildford Cathedral).

"Take it from me:  I've been coming to this church for the past forty years or so, but we have never had a Carol Service as good as this before". (Parishioner, Christ Church, London SW20).

"Dr. Julie Ainscough ... has supported and enhanced our Sunday Eucharist by accompanying the monks' plainchant with great care, sensitivity and understanding."
(The Right Reverend Dom M. A. Paulinus Greenwood OSB, Abbot of Chilworth, 16th November 2012).

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