Charter Choir - Who's Who?
The Charter Choir is led by Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter, assisted by up to two organ scholars.
Daniel Trocmé-Latter (Director of Music)
Daniel Trocmé-Latter was appointed Director of Music at Homerton in 2011 following the completion of his doctoral studies. As a choral director he has conducted choirs in several UK cathedrals and churches, as well as on tour in Hong Kong, the USA, Germany, France, Monaco, and Croatia. In 2009 he formed part of a nationally televised ‘Gala Concert’, directing Robinson College Choir and the Orchestra of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2014, with the Charter Choir, he recorded Audite Finem, a commercially-released CD featuring choral works by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, and many others including various composers associated with Homerton College. Two of Daniel's own compositions, including a setting of the Homerton College Grace of 1957, appear on the CD, and the Choir's recording of Greta Tomlins's Let all the world in every corner sing featured on BBC Radio 3 during March 2015.
After taking up the organ aged 17, Daniel served as organ scholar at Selwyn and Robinson Colleges, Cambridge. Since that time he has given recitals in Europe and Australasia, including at several Cambridge colleges, Southwark and Portsmouth Cathedrals, churches in La Rochelle, Strasbourg, and Venice, and at the Anglican Cathedrals of Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, and Brisbane. His teachers have included Gerard Brooks, David Sanger, and Anne Page. He has also played on several recordings, most notably on the organ for The Moon of Wintertime (Selwyn College Chapel Choir, 2005) and on the harmonium in The Minpins (London Schools Symphony Orchestra, 2003; an arrangement of Roald Dahl’s story, set to the music of Jean Sibelius). In March 2014 he played the organ in an ABC Classic FM broadcast of a new work by composer Gerard Brophy for Guildford Grammar School in Perth, Australia.
He is also a College Teaching Officer in Music at Homerton, teaching a variety of undergraduate modules in the Cambridge Music Tripos, including practical musicianship (aural and keyboard skills), analysis, tonal skills, and music history courses. As Director of Studies in Music he looks after the first- and second-year Music students at Homerton, as well as the Music students at Magdalene College. He is also Co-ordinator of the Cambridge Intercollegiate Choral Awards Scheme.
Christopher Baczkowski (Organ Scholar)
Christopher Baczkowski is the Roger Green Organ Scholar and a first-year History student at Homerton College. He began his organ studies in 2011 with Keith Brown, was then taught by David Ratnanayagam, and now learns with Gordon Stewart. Before taking up the organ scholarship at Homerton, Chris was Organ Scholar at Wakefield Cathedral. As part of his duties at Wakefield, he accompanied Tuesday Evensong and Sunday morning services. In addition, he assisted in the day-to-day running of the Music Department.
As a recitalist, Chris has performed most notably in Ipswich and London. He has also performed recitals at Wakefield Cathedral and at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich. Chris also plays the piano and the violin. Before coming to Cambridge, Chris was principal second violin of the Young Sinfonia, based at The Sage, Gateshead, having played among the first violins in previous seasons. When not playing music, Chris enjoys playing golf.