INDEX CANTORUM is unashamedly a ‘list of singers’ who, on occasion, take a break from professional commitments, musical or otherwise, to sing purely for pleasure. The repertoire that the group performs spans several centuries, and includes familiar favourites and lesser-known pieces, often specially edited from original sources. Founded in 1988, INDEX CANTORUM started with a concert in the London Church of St Paul’s Covent Garden. More recently INDEX CANTORUM has performed in Winchester, giving concerts in St Lawrence Church, St Pauls Church, and singing in the Cathedral for Evensong and Compline. Other cathedral engagements have been Choral Vespers marking the King Alfred 1100 anniversary, and a gala concert as part of the Winchester celebration of the 450th anniversary of the marriage of Philip II of Spain to Mary Tudor, and lunchtime recitals. INDEX CANTORUM has also sung services in Salisbury and Chichester.
Mark Williams was a chorister at Christ Church, Oxford, where he developed his keen interest in the music of its first choirmaster, John Taverner, and his contemporaries of the Tudor era. Whilst studying engineering in London, he sang with many choirs, in particular with the London Bach Society, the New London Chamber Choir, and Church of Our Lady, St John’s Wood, where he gained considerable conducting experience. Since moving to Winchester, he sings regularly as a deputy in Winchester Cathedral, and also at Salisbury and Chichester Cathedrals. Mark principally conducts the chamber choir INDEX CANTORUM; He is also in demand as a guest conductor and rehearsal coach, working with choirs that include the Winchester Consort, Southern Voices, and Wayneflete Singers.