Will Unwin

Will Unwin

Will started his musical life as a chorister in Salisbury Cathedral under the expert guidance and training of Dr Richard Seal. During those five years he got his first taste of tours, broadcasts and recordings, most notably the Monteverdi Choir recording of Fauré’s Requiem featuring the boys of Salisbury Cathedral under Sir John Eliot Gardiner in 1991.

After a music scholarship at Marlborough College in Wiltshire Will won a choral scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read music. Whilst at Magdalen he toured Japan and performed in countless concerts with several choirs including Schola Cantorum and The Oxford Chamber Choir. Will sang for several years with The National Youth Choir of Great Britain under Mike Brewer and toured the Pacific ring with them in 1996. After graduating in 2000, Will was a lay-clerk with the choir of New College, Oxford for three years, with whom he performed throughout Europe and made several recordings, including Pergolesi’s Marian Vespers and Bach’s St John Passion, where he features as the servant.

Will performs frequently as a soloist with several choral societies and choruses, with regular repertoire including Handel’s Messiah, Samson and Solomon, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Bach’s B Minor Mass and St John Passion.

Within the consort world, Will sings with various top-class ensembles including The Sixteen, The King’s Consort, Polyphony, The Gabrieli Consort and The Monteverdi Choir. With these groups, Will has toured all over the world, including several recent trips across Europe and to the States. Will is particularly proud to be a member of the highly acclaimed new specialist early music ensemble Alamire, with whom he has made several recordings on the Obsidian label.

In 2003 Will was in Paris for two months with The Monteverdi Choir, performing Berlioz’s epic opera Les Troyens at the Chatalet Theatre under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, before travelling over to Amsterdam for a further two months, performing Handel’s Samson with Netherlands Opera. Other recent concerts include performances of Handel’s Messiah with The Sixteen, the Mozart and Biber Requiems with the Gabrieli Consort and the Monteverdi Vespers in St Mark’s Basilica, Venice, with the Monteverdi Choir.

Will has made several professional recordings over the last five years, most notably the Biber Requiem and Monteverdi Vespers with the Gabrieli Consort, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle with The King’s Consort and the Victoria Requiem with The Sixteen. These recordings are all available at www.amazon.co.uk.