Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal
Founded in 1974, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) is essentially dedicated to the performance of works for medium to large ensembles both sacred and secular, composed before 1750. The group’s mastery of vocal styles that characterise this specialised repertory, and its use of historically authentic instruments have earned it the excellent reputation it deserves at the heart of a great international revival of music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
Christopher Jackson, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Studio since 1988, is a specialist of Renaissance vocal polyphony and Baroque works for voice and orchestra. He has conducted SMAM’s performances of the great choral and vocal compositions from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries while actively pursuing his career as an organist, harpsichordist and choral conductor in Canada, France, Belgium, and Spain. One of his recent accomplishments was to direct Monteverdi’s Orfeo on tour in several French cities. Jackson is also Dean of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montréal.
This year, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal celebrates its 25th anniversary. Since its foundation, the Studio has earned distinction for its research activities and historically authentic performance practice, as well as for the discipline and excellence of its performances. The ensemble’s 1999-2000 season featuring canonical works from the vast Renaissance and Baroque vocal repertory included several notable moments, notable the performance of one of the Studio’s brilliant standbys, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary for soloists, choir, and orchestra.
holds a BA and MA in music from the University of Oxford (Magdalen College). he has over 25 years of experience as a conductor, singer, arranger and educator.
Since starting his career as boy chorister, Andrew has participated in hundreds of performances in 28 countries with numerous amateur and professional choirs including:
Tallis Scholars, BBC Singers, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Brabant Ensemble, Buon Tempi Consort, Cantata Singers of Ottawa (Canada), Cantores Chamber Choir, A Capella Portuguesa, Carmina Kammerchor (Iceland), Chantage, Chappelle du Roi, Close Shave Barbershop, Contrapunctus, Coro Cervantes, Ensemble sine nomine, Euterpe Baroque Ensemble (Belgium), Floreat Sonus, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Ionian Singers, I'inviti Singers, Larks Ascending, Magdala, Maida Vale Singers, Musica Beata, Orpheus Britannicus, Philharmonia Voices, Royal Choral Society, St Cecilia Singers, St Endellion Chorus, St George's Chapel - Windsor Castle, Studio de musique ancienne de Montreal (Canada) and the Swansea Bach Choir.
Andrew is a Hyperion Artist and has sung on over 50 recordings including plainsong, opera, pop and sacred masterpieces. He has broadcast live on national radio and television throughout the world as well as soundtracks for documentaries and films. His musical appearances have included a London West End comedy, the wedding of Prince Edward, backing singing for Hayley Westenra, backing singing for Jose Carreras, three May mornings atop a tower in Oxford, close harmony sea shanties on a pirate ship on the Thames, and hundreds of choral services in chapels, churches and cathedrals across the United Kingdom.
Andrew became a permanent resident of Canada in 2012 and lives in Ottawa with his wife Emilie and their two young sons.