Director of Music

Univ's Director of Music is Giles Underwood, a freelance singer and teacher with a background steeped in the traditions of the highest quality choral and ensemble singing. He was a chorister at Westminster Abbey, an Academical Clerk (Choral Scholar) at Magdalen College, Oxford, and studied on the postgraduate and opera programmes for 3 years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he now holds the post of Vocal Studies Lecturer. He divides his time between singing professionally with some of the country's best ensembles and being a soloist with orchestras such as The Academy of Ancient Music and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

He teaches singing elsewhere in Oxford; predominantly at Magdalen, Christ Church, Merton, Queen’s and, until 2016, Exeter. He runs workshops and master-classes with choirs and individuals all over the world, most recently in Washington DC on the Chorworks Summer School and in residence at The College of New Jersey. He taught singing at Selwyn College, Cambridge from 2005-14 and has been a Singing Teacher for the Eton Choral Courses since 2001. He has recently started to teach for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

His most recent recording is of Buxthude's Membra Jesu Nostri with John Mark Ainsley and Robin Blaze, conducted by Daniel Hyde with Magdalen College Choir and the viol consort, Phantasm. It is available on the OpusArte label and can be found here.

As Director of Music at Univ, Giles has responsibility for running the Chapel Choir and overseeing and encouraging extra-curricular music in College. He is the founder and director of The Martlet Ensemble, and chairs the panel for the Mendl-Schrama Prize in Music - details of which can be found here.

He has recently been appointed Professor of Singing at The Royal Academy of Music in London (see News). Below are two videos featuring recent performances with Giles.


Byrd: Selections from the Dow Partbooks performed by Magnificat


Capilla Cayrasco performs Ockeghem & Josquin