Ben Byram-Wigfield is a music researcher and publisher. His company, Ancient Groove Music, specializes in producing editions of rare 16th, 17th and 18th-century sacred music. He was a chorister at King's College, Cambridge, a Lay-Clerk of Gloucester Cathedral and now sings as a tenor in London. His article detailing the research into his edition of an authentic version of the Allegri Miserere was published in the UK Musical Times in August 1997.
He is currently studying for a PhD, researching the sacred music of Antonio Lotti, and is producing editions of all Lotti's sacred music. He has edited a number of sixteenth century books, poems and plays, and provides freelance support to a number of illustrated publishing companies.
Becca Byram-Wigfield is a rhythm and blues vocalist, composer, arranger, and specializes in unique analogue programming and soundscape. Whilst a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, Becca travelled back and forth to London to play in a jazz quartet. She moved to New York City in 1995 and acquired a reputation in the music industry for her knowledge and expertise with a number of vintage keyboards and synthesizers, including Wurlitzers, Fender Rhodes, and the Hammond B-3 organ.She spent a year as the Assistant Musical Director on NBC's Saturday Night Live and her songs have appeared in such films as Coyote Ugly, The Heartbreakers, Any Given Sunday and Sweet November. In addition to her own release, Becca's Smoke and Candy Store, she has written songs for Jennifer Lopez (Only When I Dance), Dead Presidents (Round and Round) and No Mercy (This is My Promise to You). Becca has also opened an English teashop in Massachusetts called the Queen of Cups Tearoom (find it on Facebook), and writes articles and blogs on this subject. A cookbook is soon to be published from the best recipes of the tearoom.
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He is a former chorister of King's College, Cambridge; Organ Scholar of Christ Church, Oxford; Sub-Organist of Winchester Cathedral; Master of the Music at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, and until December 2003, was the first Director of College Music at Jesus College, Cambridge.
Following ten years as the Director of Music at St. George's Chapel, Windsor, he is now the Director of Music at All Saints' Margaret Street, London and the Associate Conductor of the Oxford Bach Choir.
He appears as an organ recitalist in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America, where he inaugurated the new organ in St Barnabas, Brooklyn; He has broadcast frequently on Radio 3; featured on the American organ show 'Pipedreams'; and recorded on the EMI, Hyperion, Argo, Priory, and Herald labels.
His recitals have included a series of all Bach's organ works, and his wide-ranging programmes incorporate organ transcriptions of many orchestral works.
His recording of the superb Edwardian organ in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow includes the overtures to Hansel &Gretel, The Magic Flute, Der Freischutz, and the 1812 Overture of Tchaikovsky
Current projects for the Delphian label include Messiaen's Les Corps Glorieux and a progamme of the organ music of Alfred Hollins.
The Kelvingrove Organ Delphian Records CD 34004
Other recordings include:
Antiphonies on the organ of Winchester Cathedral. Priory Records PRCD 329
The Organ of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh Herald Records HAVPCD 169
Twelve Organs of Edinburgh Priory Records PR CD 700 AB
This record has been nominated for Critic's Choice by the Gramophone Magazine
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Morwenna Byram-Wigfield studied at the Royal College of Music and was the performance pianist for the Park Lane Opera Company and the harpsichordist with the Orpheus Trio. She worked as both a singer and an accompanist with touring opera companies and the National Theatre of Wales, and as an operatic and choral conductor.
She is a former organist of Ludlow Parish Church; conductor of the Ludlow Choral Society; co-founder of Opera in the Marches and the Leominster Children's Choir. Her singing students achieved the 'hat-trick' of an Oxbridge choral scholarship for three years running, as well as successful auditions for the National Youth Choir and the City of Birmingham Youth Choir.
She adjudicates, writes and lectures on the interpretation of operatic roles, and her presentations of The Jenny Lind Story, A Spanish Serenade and The Songs of Shakespeare have been enthusiastically received at various venues.
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David Byram-Wigfield was a chorister in Durham Cathedral, served his National Service as a medical orderly in the Durham Light Infantry, and read History and English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
He produced Peter Tranchell's The Mayor of Casterbridge for the Cambridge University Opera Group, and Glinka's Russlan and Ludmilla for the Oxford University Opera Club. He was a member of the technical staff at Glyndebourne Opera House and the producer for the London Opera Players and Opera in the Marches.For eighteen years, he and Morwenna kept Ryeland sheep and Jersey cows on a Herefordshire smallholding, whilst single-handedly rebuilding a derelict Tudor farmhouse.
At the same time, he spent far too many years holding damp students over the hot flames of Eng. Lit. but was eventually seduced by Information Technology; cut his computing teeth on a BBC B and was digitally weaned on a MacPlus. In 1995 he founded Cappella Archive and is probably the only publisher who not only prints and binds his own titles but created the unique PostScript Markup which typesets them.
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