Since our debut recital at the Gresham Centre in April 2014, we have embarked on an ambitious and eclectic programme of activity including Strauss’s fearsome Deutsche Motette in 20 parts at St John’s Smith Square and a concert-drama with music and acted scenes commemorating the centenary of the 1914 Christmas Truce.
In 2015 we were invited to appear at festivals including The Brandenburg Choral Festival, the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music and the London International A Cappella Choir Competition (LIACCC). Before a jury chaired by Peter Phillips of the Tallis Scholars, Epiphoni proceeded through the heats to the Grand Final. Phillips commended us on our “excellent interpretation and atmosphere” of the sixteenth century repertoire and vocal coach Ghislaine Morgan called us “mesmerising”. We went on to take second prize.
In November 2015 the world-renowned Tenebrae invited us to join them on stage at their Brahms and Bruckner CD launch at St James’, Spanish Place, after they awarded us first prize in their Locus Iste competition.
On January 1st 2016 we made our BBC TV debut in a documentary about the life and work of Sergei Rachmaninoff, The Joy of Rachmaninoff.
A separate take from the documentary, the full sixth movement, Bogoroditse Devo (Rejoice O Virgin), from the All-night Vigil by Rachmaninoff is currently on the BBC Arts website.
In 2016 we recorded our debut CD Sudden Light on the Delphian label, which is due for release July 2017.
“Excellent interpretation ... real verve and commitment ... riveting”
- Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars
“ It was a pleasure to sing and work alongside the excellent choir Epiphoni ... a great sense of phrasing and ensemble, fabulous intonation and a strong, clear, focused tone in all voice parts of the choir. Tim's collection of singers become something really rather special under his direction.”
- Nigel Short, Tenebrae
“It's so obvious right from the minute you start singing that you have a passion for choral singing, and excellence in choral singing. It's a very vibrant sound.”
- Paul Phoenix, PurpleVocals, The King's Singers
“The Epiphoni Consort successfully communicated a range of musical styles from Tudor to romantic to contemporary”
- Choir & Organ, October 2015
"I rate my audience experiences based on whether it makes me want to be up there making music with the performers. I give you an emphatic yes"
- Johannes Roose, Conductor, Melbourne Sinfonia
"...the choir's interpretation of Strauss's Deutsche Motette was finer than the BBC Singers’ Proms performance..."
- David Nice, The Arts Desk
"...an occasion of remarkable musical quality and communicative cogency - more please"
- Paul Dawson-Bowling, author of The Wagner Experience
"I owe you lunch"
- Rector of St Vedast-alias-Foster, following our performance
Artistic Director Tim Reader studied singing, accompanying and conducting at the University of Exeter and graduated in 2000.
Tim now juggles dual careers, one in website consultancy for charities and arts organisations, and the other as a singer and choral director in London and surrounding areas.
He has conducted The Epiphoni Consort in performances at Westminster Abbey, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Paul’s Cathedral and St John's Smith Square, and for the BBC. He has deputised for the professional choirs of St John's Wood church and St Paul’s Knightsbridge, as well as numerous choral societies in the region.
He is a member of the Sunday morning choir, comprising eight professional singers, at St John’s Wood church.
Having completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Cardiff University followed by a Masters in Arts Management at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Jessica Haig recently moved to London to further her career as a Freelance Mezzo-soprano and Arts Manager.
As a singer, Jess has recently finished singing with Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen’s Young Artist Scheme, and has a wealth of experience in both sacred and secular music, specialising in choral, consort and liturgical repertoire.
As an Arts Manager, Jess has held many roles including Orchestra & Ensembles Manager at RWCMD and ICS Extras Creative Producer with Arts Active at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. During her Masters, she was lucky enough to work with the likes of Hallé Orchestra in Manchester and BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff.
Alongside her work with Epiphoni, Jess currently works as a PR Assistant with ElevenTenths PR as well as partaking in regular singing engagements in and around London.