CANTEMUS CHOIR HAVANT
WILLIAM WAINE: MUSICAL DIRECTOR
William Waine began his career in choral music at the age of 6 in the choir of his father’s Parish Church, before taking up a Choral Scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford in 2010. Alongside studying for an honours degree in Law, he sang in the daily services with the Cathedral Choir, as well as on several award-nominated CD recordings and tours to the USA and China. William now enjoys a diverse range of professional work as a countertenor and conductor.
He has recently moved to London where he sings on a freelance basis with various ensembles, including the choirs of Westminster Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral.
He was a Lay Vicar in the choir of Chichester Cathedral, appearing as a soloist live on BBC Radio3 and on a one-per-part men’s voices recording of Music for Lent and Passiontide. He has appeared as a soloist and recitalist across the UK and as far afield as Sydney, Australia.
Whilst at Oxford, William kicked off his conducting career as the director of the Christ Church College Choir, conducting cathedral evensongs and concerts with orchestra, and leading the choir on their first ever tour, to Dublin in July 2013.
ROBERT LOUDEN: ACCOMPANIST
Robert took over as accompanist for Cantemus in January 2017.
After finishing his Masters degree in Piano Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Robert moved back to Chichester where he graduated several years ago. He has worked with singers a lot and has sung in the University of Chichester Chamber Choir and in Budapest, Rome and Vienna. He has also worked with various opera soloists, including participating in several vocal competitions within the opera department in Glasgow as well as being involved in a complete performance of Faure’s songs with several other pianists and singers.
Robert is currently working at the University of Chichester as an accompanist and assisting lectures. He is looking forward to working with Cantemus.
During a short time as Lay Clerk at Gloucester Cathedral, William occasionally conducted the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Youth Choir, and was the Musical Director of the City of Wolverhampton Choir before joining Cantemus in September 2014. As Musical Director of Cantemus, William has conducted a vast range of music from Byrd to the Beach Boys, including works by Cornysh, Gibbons, Vivaldi, Haydn, Vaughan Williams and Lennon and McCartney.
He is also the Director of the Chichester Cathedral Voluntary Choir, and works behind the scenes as founder of Nos Miseri Homines, an eight-part professional choir that has attracted attention since its re-founding in 2016.