One of the outstanding vocal groups in its field, The Clerks’ recordings and performances of Renaissance vocal music have earned them a place among the foremost interpreters of the repertoire. The group’s discography of over 20 CDs represents a uniquely valuable and pioneering contribution to early music and has won them many accolades, including the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music.
The Clerks formed at Oxford University and made its professional London debut in 1992. In recent years the ensemble has expanded its repertoire to include contemporary works. They have performed in the UK’s major venues and festivals, including the BBC Proms, the Barbican and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and regularly appear at festivals throughout Europe and the United States. The Clerks have broadcast in many European countries, and have made programmes for Belgian and French television.
Highlights of 2009 included a UK tour of Qudduson, a collaboration with singers from Syria, the release of discs of music by Johannes Regis, and an anthology of contemporary commissions, and the group’s Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut.
Edward Wickham is the founder and artistic director of The Clerks, a role which he combines with his duties as Director of Music at St Catharine's College, Cambridge and an Affiliate Lecturer at the Faculty of Music in Cambridge.
Dr Wickham read Modern History at Christ Church in Oxford where he was also a choral scholar, and went on to do post-graduate work in Medieval Studies and Music at King’s College, London, where he gained his PhD. He is regularly invited to coach choirs and consorts in Europe, the United States and the Far East, and spent several years as the artistic director of The Renaissance Singers of London, and The Orlando Chamber Choir.
One of Edward Wickham's most recent projects was the establishment at St Catharine’s of the first College-based children’s girls’ choir in the UK, which launched in September 2008.