David Lol Perry
Its a source of dull pain for me that it took me so long to rediscover what really made me tick. I left art college in 1986 playing guitar in the experimental group Anna Livia with Dawn Ni Longlisch and Mike Valentine. We spent as much time developing visuals (film, slides) as we did music. The music was a combination of Irish ballad folk (Dawn), shoe-gazing guitarscapes (me) and Blixa B Birthday Party guitar cuts (Mike). So we all played guitars. We sent out two copies of a four track demo on cassette to labels 4AD and Beggars Banquet, not realising they were heading for pretty much the same office.
4AD boss Ivo Watts-Russell invited us in to their Alma Road offices and he very kindly asked us what we wanted to release. We rehearsed new tracks but never made it to the studio. Mike & Dawn, a couple, moved to Berlin. I had a good job working for Rook Films in Oxford. That was that.
Paragraph covering the next thirty-odd years. Rook Films made Inspector Morse ‘dreaming spires’ shots and sold Oxford shorts on VHS videos. I had my own business – The Englishman, designing art-photo postcards and greetings cards. It came to a natural end so I became a local government officer in Winchester, UK looking after land and buildings and from there took a second, Marketing degree. The qualification won me a role, again in local government, this time in Economic Development for Fareham, UK or as I promoted it ‘Virtual London’. I then became the UK’s first ‘e-Envoy’ at a time when broadband was rare. I took on a wider PR role, crisis management mainly, before marketing a management consultancy. I then spent seven years as Head of Communications for a commercial Real Estate firm in London, whilst selling my own brand of electric scooters, as you do. I left, advising folk on their marketing including some music PR but happily, I was able to make music seriously again. I’m not belittling all this. It was all part of the journey.
Towards the end of my time working in London, my Brother Michael (do check his work out) very kindly asked me to produce some music for a new Elephant Man play to be staged in Warwick. I was hooked again. I made a decision to give up my perfectly well-paid job in the City. Sound engineer Milan Adamik of Masterworks UK gave much support. In May 2013, I produced my goodbye card, a short-run CD of seven tracks, each produced in one day throughout my last week of work, though most of them ended up under the wheels of traffic on Victoria Embankment after my leaving party! I missed my stop on the train home.
In 2014, I released a new album of instrumental dark and light, mainly guitar based music, called ‘Han’. It was a good BBC Radio 4 artwork Melencolia programmeway to find new support and new listeners. I was invited to contribute pieces and chat on Dr Janina Ramirez’s BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Melencolia’. I was also very proud to be invited to be a signature artist for music sync agency QMW.
I recently completed an album of new pieces for Warner Classics entitled ‘Three Wings’ which is due for release on 10th November 2017 and pre-order from Friday 6 October. So proud!
Chapel Choir and The Quiristers
When William of Wykeham founded Winchester College in 1382 he made provision for 16 boys called Quiristers to sing the Chapel services. The school has maintained its mediaeval choral foundation for more than 600 years and today this lies at the heart of a flourishing choral tradition, noted for its excellence and diversity.
Chapel Choir sings a full range of choral services in the College Chapel, the treble line being provided by the Quiristers, who are educated at The Pilgrims School; the lower parts in the Choir are sung by senior boys, many of whom have themselves been Quiristers, or choristers at cathedrals and other choral foundations. The Director of Chapel Music is Mr Malcolm Archer, well-known as an organist, conductor and composer, and a former Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral.
The Quiristers also sing as a boys' choir in their own right and give regular concerts for local charities as well as broadcasts for radio and television. These have included Britten's A Ceremony of Carols for BBC Radio 4. Chapel Choir sings regularly on the BBC Radio 3 ‘Choral Evensong' programme and have been invited to sing for a special Classic FM Christmas concert. Other recent concerts have included John Rutter's 70th birthday concert in London, and Bach's St. John Passion at St. John's, Smith Square with the Academy of Ancient Music.
The choir tours internationally and in recent years has visited Russia, Italy, Holland, France and the USA. The choir's commercial recordings have received enthusiastic critical acclaim. Over the past few years, Quiristers have regularly won places in the final of the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition and have won that competition on three occasions.
At the heart of the choir's work (and at the heart of College life) are the regular services in the College Chapel, which keep the choir focussed on their daily liturgical duty and develop their skills as singers and musicians. Our Chapel Choir boys regularly gain choral awards at both Cambridge and Oxford, and recently boys have won organ scholarships at Oxbridge Colleges, notably King's, Cambridge and New College, Oxford.
Uniquely, since Winchester College’s inception over 600 years ago, sixteen boy ‘Quiristers’ (a very old word for choristers) have been supported to sing in its Chapel. No other senior school has done so for anywhere near as long. Noted for their excellence, the Qs are in demand. They regularly perform in the UK and abroad, including recent high-profile performances in the Vatican and Russia and tours of Italy, Holland, France, Germany and the USA. The Qs are regularly broadcast on radio and TV, including Britten's A Ceremony of Carols for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3’s ‘Choral Evensong' and on Classic FM’s Christmas concerts. The Qs performed at John Rutter's 70th Birthday concert in London. Qs have won the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition on three occasions. These recordings feature 2015 winner, Angus Benton. The Qs are Directed by Malcolm Archer, Organist, Conductor and Composer and a former Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral.