London-based music publisher Stainer & Bell has announced the appointment of Angus Smith as the company’s new Choral Ambassador. With a role which will ‘deepen and enhance the company’s commitment to the choral community’, Smith is joining Stainer & Bell at an extraordinarily challenging time for the choral world, with choirs’ activities curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic and venues closed.
As founder, manager and artistic programmer of the internationally regarded Orlando Consort, now in its fourth decade, Angus Smith needs no introduction to choral singers, conductors and musicologists, as well as contemporary music through the Orlando’s commissioning of numerous pieces from living composers.
As artistic director in recent years of two major chamber music festivals, Sheffield’s Music in the Round and Music at Paxton in the Scottish Borders, he has brought a broad range of repertoire to the wider community, a core principle of his professional life.
Antony Kearns, Managing Director of Stainer & Bell, said:
‘We welcome Angus Smith to the S&B team as a valued addition to our ongoing strategy of evolution and growth for the company during what is unquestionably a unique moment in time, both challenging yet latent with potentially positive change. At Stainer & Bell that’s how we see the post-pandemic era, and with Angus on board in a vital role, we can steer confidently for the deep waters, fostering important and valued relationships, embracing opportunities and offering and delivering innovation in the world of choral singing.’
Adapting positively to a changed world
Angus Smith said:
‘I am delighted to be joining the team at Stainer & Bell, and I am uplifted by the prospect of working with them to promote an exceptional collection of choral music. The company’s outstanding catalogue, ranging from the oldest surviving polyphony to the works of brilliant living composers, is an extraordinarily close reflection of so much of the repertoire I have most enjoyed performing during my professional career as a choral and consort singer.
In particular, as we find our feet – and our voices – in a post-Covid landscape, I feel passionately that we must harness the unique power of choral music, and the oceans of enthusiasm among singers and conductors, to renew and strengthen bonds and forge new relationships as we adapt positively to a changed world.’
Header photo: Angus Smith, Stainer & Bell’s new Choral Ambassador