The Carice Singers is a British vocal ensemble of young professional singers conducted by George Parris. Named after Edward Elgar’s daughter, the ensemble is known for bringing a pure sound and an imaginative approach to a wide spectrum of choral music, with a preference for performing British choral music with deep commitment and insight.
Founded in the Cotswolds in 2011, the ensemble has since performed at many festivals and venues throughout the British Isles and in Europe, and is due to appear this year at the Cheltenham Music Festival, and the Oxford Lieder Festival.
The Carice Singers has recorded three discs for the Naxos label, featuring music by English twentieth-century composers Peter Warlock, John Ireland, E. J. Moeran, Frederick Delius, and Arnold Bax. These recordings have been highly praised for their “captivating interpretations” (Choir & Organ Magazine) and “beautifully blended tone” (The Guardian).
George Parris is a British conductor and singer, currently based between the UK and Finland. As a young enthusiast of Elgar’s music, he was awarded the Elgar Society’s Certificate of Merit in 2011 for his commitment to the research and performance of Elgar works. He then studied for a BA in Music at the University of Cambridge, followed by an MSt in Musicology at the University of Oxford where he also sang as a Lay Clerk with the Choir of Magdalen College.
Further studies in conducting have now taken him to the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, where he is a member of the Helsinki Chamber Choir and works as a freelance conductor. His growing interest in Nordic music is apparent by his frequent programming of Nordic choral works.
In May 2018, Parris was invited to work with the Croatian Radio-television Choir in an all-British programme, and observe both the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and the Latvian Radio Choir. This Autumn he will conduct EMO Ensemble (Finland) in a programme of Bruckner, Łukaszewski, and Palestrina, followed by a Christmas programme with Helsinki-based Somnium Ensemble.