Will Dawes

Will Dawes, bass

Will is Director of Chapel Music of Somerville College, Oxford, Director of Music at the church of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, Conductor of Ensemble 45, and Director of Frideswide Voices (Oxford’s first liturgical choir for girls aged 7 to 14). He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied choral conducting and singing, and has directed numerous excellent choral societies and chamber choirs across the UK.

Will is active as a consort singer and is a member of the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Stile Antico. The group performs all over the world, including in the Wigmore Hall and at the BBC Proms. He is a former Lay Clerk of Christ Church, Oxford, and has sung with Collegium Vocale Ghent, The Eric Whitacre Singers, and Polyphony.

As a soloist, Will has sung works such as Carmina Burana (Orff), Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler), and The Wound Dresser (Adams) as well as more canonic works by Bach and Handel. His only operatic role to date is that of Mr Gedge in Britten’s Albert Herring.