Owen Rees

Owen Rees is Professor of Music at the University of Oxford, and Fellow in Music and Organist (Director of Music) at the Queen’s College. He directs the Choir of the Queen’s College and Contrapunctus. His work as a conductor has taken him to the Far East, the USA, and across Europe, and he is increasingly busy as a leader of choral workshops. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and in several other countries. His CD recordings with Queen’s and other choirs – on the Hyperion, Signum and Avie labels – encompass a wide variety of choral repertory, and have attracted consistently high critical acclaim: BBC Music Magazine recently described his interpretations as ‘revelatory and even visionary’. Owen Rees has brought to the concert hall and recording studio substantial repertories of magnificent Renaissance music, particularly from Portugal, Spain, and England, including many previously unknown or little-known works, and he has been described as ‘one of the most energetic and persuasive voices’ in this field. His work has three times been shortlisted for the Gramophone Early Music Award.