People

Read more about key people at the Leicestershire Chorale.

Tom Williams, Musical Director

Tom Williams Musical Director

Born in Halifax in 1977, Countertenor Tom Williams is a former Chorister of Ripon Cathedral, Music Scholar at Uppingham Scholar and Senior Choral Scholar of King’s College in Cambridge. Whilst at King’s he directed Collegium Regale, the ensemble formed of the Choral Scholars alone and toured in Europe, Australia, North America and the Far East with them and the main choir.

For the last twenty years or so he has worked as a freelance singer, conductor and singing teacher. He is a core member of the acclaimed EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, one of only a few vocal groups to specialise in the performance of Cutting Edge Contemporary Music. With EXAUDI, he has performed in many of Europe’s top concert venues, working with instrumental ensembles such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Musik Fabrik, Talea, BCMG and London Sinfonietta. He has also been involved in projects working with leading living composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, Salvatore Sciarrino, Beat Furrer, Gerard Pesson, Stefano Gervasoni and Michael Finnissy. Aside from the world of New Music, he sang as a regular member of Stephen Layton’s choir Polyphony, taking part in iconic recordings of works by Whitacre, Lauridsen and Esenvalds. He has also sung for Hanover Band and The Choir of the Enlightenment and for over fifteen years has been a Choirman of the Temple Church. As a soloist with the choir, he has appeared on live broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and on various discs for the Signum label.

As an independent soloist he enjoys concerts from Hull and Colwyn Bay to Paris and Dortmund. Tom lives in Leicester, where he is the proud Director of Leicestershire Chorale, a celebrated chamber choir of professional and gifted amateur musicians. He also very much enjoys his work as a Visiting Singing Teacher at Uppingham and Oundle Schools.

Nick Scott-Burt Accompanist

Nick is a composer of music for the concert hall, for choirs and churches and cathedrals, for schools and for instrumental teachers, for media and commercial outlets. Born in Bristol, he began composing at the piano at a very early age. As a child he had lessons on the piano and trombone, later singing in church choirs and and taking up the organ, which became his main instrumental study. 

From 1987-2002 he was Director of Music at Bilton Grange Preparatory School near Rugby, and compositionally turned his attention to music for children, principally sacred music for the school chapel including the 8-movement Magnificat, and theatre music including an electronic score for The Tempest and the stage musical Androcles and the Lion.

Nicholas is the Conductor and Musical Director of Charnwood Voices; he is the pianist in the Scott-Burt Piano Trio (with his violinist wife Cathy and cellist son Harry). He is on the visiting music staff of Uppingham School and is an examiner (classical and jazz)  for ABRSM. He plays the organ and piano at Rugby United Reformed Church, and is also a poet and a writer. Leicestershire Chorale was delighted to welcome him in 2022 as accompanist. He makes an invaluable and unique contribution both to rehearsals and concerts.

Neil Waddell, President

Phil Leech, Chair