Felicitas is a London based choir performing choral concerts in and around London. It specialises in a cappella choral music and has a very wide repertoire ranging from the medieval to the modern day, both sacred and secular.
The choir is directed by Simon Winters who received his early musical training from his father, Leslie, and was educated at Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green, before reading Music at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
Besides teaching piano, organ and recorder and harmony at Brentwood and Chigwell Schools, Simon’s conducting commitments include the chamber choir Felicitas, with whom he has recorded four CDs and undertaken numerous foreign tours. He has been Musical Director of Epping Church Choirs Association (ECCA) since 2001 and in 2002 formed Epping Forest Voices, a choir that has sung services in many cathedrals including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and St George’s Chapel, Windsor. In addition, he is Director of Music at St John’s Church, Epping, a post he took up in 2005.
As an organist and pianist, Simon has played frequently in cathedrals throughout England and France and enjoys playing for local choirs and soloists. He is Organist at Brentwood School and is particularly busy at Chigwell School where he regularly accompanies the chapel choir, chamber choir, choral society and various instrumentalists. In 2013 he recorded a disc of choral music with the Chigwell School Chapel Choir at St John’s College, Cambridge and recently accompanied the choir at Westminster Abbey.
His Christmas Medley for Recorder consort has been published by Peacock Press.
O sing joyfully Adrian Batten (c.1591-c.1637)
Kyrie from Missa Papae Marcelli G.P. da Palestrina (1525-1594)
Jubilate Deo Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612)
Ave Maria Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Bogoroditsye Dyevo Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Salve Regina Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Three motets Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
(Justorum animae, Beati quorum via & Caelos ascendit)
Ave Maria Mater Dei William Cornysh (c.1495-1523)
Loquebantur variis Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)
Christus est stella Will Todd (b.1970)
If ye love me Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)
Ubi caritas Ola Gjeilo (b.1978)
O sing joyfully Simon Winters (b.1965)