The choir perform three concerts a year in St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, attracting audiences from all over London as well as the church's parishioners. In addition to the London performances our biannual tours have, over many years, taken us throughout Europe. In 1998 forty-six members of the choir plus assorted partners, spouses and friends, travelled to Prague.
In 2000 we performed in Cracow, completing our visit to Poland with a walking tour in the Tatra mountains. Other tours followed - Budapest in 2002 and Venice in 2004. In September 2006 a ninety strong group of which sixty-five were singers toured the Baltic States performing in Helsinki's impressive Lutheran cathedral. More details and photographs of our past tours can be found on the Tours page.
Richard Latham FRCO., ARCM, began his musical training as a chorister at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. Educated at Radley College and the Royal College of Music, he went on to become Organ Scholar at Exeter College, Oxford. He then became Assistant Organist at Peterborough Cathedral and later Assistant Organist at Gloucester Cathedral, where he was also Director of Music at the King's School.
For twenty one years until 1997 he was Director of Music at Bishop's Stortford College. His other musical activities include conducting the Madrigal Society of London of which he is Director of Music and examining for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.
Richard Latham has been the conductor of St Paul's (Knightsbridge) Festival Choir since taking over from his father in 1980.
Nicholas Danks was born in Harrow, Middlesex in 1974 into a family of professional musicians. He began playing the piano at the age of four and his interest in church music began at his prep school, Quainton Hall, Harrow, where he sang in the chapel choir. At the age of nine he joined the choir of the Parish Church of St Mary, Harrow-on-the-Hill. He began learning the organ at the age of thirteen under the tuition of Frederic Goodwin, the organist at St Mary's and also director of music at Nicolas's secondary school, the John Lyon School Harrow. Whilst still at school, Nicholas became assistant organist at St Mary's and gained his A.RCO. Diploma. He sang with and accompanied the school choirs and toured with them to France, Germany and the Czech Republic. On leaving school, Nicholas went as organ scholar to read music at Corpus Christie College, Cambridge, where he played a full part in the musical life of the college and university as an organist, cellist and choral director. At Cambridge he studied the organ with David Sanger, graduating in the summer of 1996. For five years he was assistant organist, and since June 2001 he has been Musical Director at St Martin in the Fields.'