Blue moves: Oxford grabs Cambridge star

Blue moves: Oxford grabs Cambridge star


norman lebrecht

May 20, 2016

Mark Williams, Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge, has been appointed Informator Choristarum (Choir Master) at Magdalen College, Oxford, starting January 1, 2017.

One of the most popular and respected figures on the choral circuit, his genial exterior belying outstanding musicality and shrewd diplomatic abilities, Williams, 37, is another excellent appointment in Oxford, following the recent arrival of Robert Quinney at New College.

mark williams


Meanwhile, in the Fens, eyes are turning to the big one at King’s. Stephen Cleobury will turn 70 on New Year’s Eve 2018, a few days after Kings celebrates its 100th “Nine Lessons and Carols”. That could be the moment for one of the biggest dog-collar fights in Anglican music since Tudor times.



  • Robert King says:

    Another excellent Oxford appointment (following that of Robert Quinney to New College). Mark has done terrific work at Jesus, Cambridge, is much respected as a fine musician and a top-rank choir trainer, is a magnificent solo player and yet is a fine, stylish and very musical continuo player – and is also hugely liked and admired across the profession. He’s a terrific catch for Oxford.

  • Anon says:

    Surely Stephen Cleobury will be turning 70 on New Year’s Eve 2018 as opposed to your 1918?

    • Adam says:

      Tosh – dearly beloved Norman doesn’t worry about little details like being in the right century. These are mere inconveniences and details observed by journalists!! He rises above the crowd….. or sinks below it….the choice is yours of course.

  • Tomo says:

    He reminds me of an old elton john

  • Max says:

    I wonder who will be the next director of music after Mark Williams at Jesus…?