Formed in 2017, Ex Ore Equi (from the horse's mouth) is a group of professional singers. We chose a Latin name so as not to suggest any singular nationality. As our name suggests, we seek something authentic (yet off piste) in our performances. Where the music of previous generations is concerned, this might reflect itself in the form of pilgrimage (geographically) and study (historically). For example, in 2018 we sang in France: Machaut in Reims, and Mouton in St Quentin. Where contemporary repertoire is concerned this might reflect itself in the use of texts not usually associated with choral music. In 2018 we gave the European premiere (in London) of Melissa Dunphy's What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach? a setting of a speech by Philip Spooner on the subject of the marriage equality bill in Texas, Maine. In 2019 we gave the European premiere of Dunphy's American DREAMers (aboard the lightship LV21, Gravesend, UK) which sets the words of undocumented childhood migrants to the US.
We are looking forward to commissioning and collaborating to expand the genre of unusual text-settings. In 2019 we commissioned Irish composer Solfa Carlile to compose a piece for the Daniel Corkery Summer School. Inishalga is a setting of the poem Ireland by Irish WWI soldier-poet Francis Ledwidge.
Tom Shorter is conductor, singer, organist, and publisher. In 2017, he founded professional experimental vocal group Ex ore equi (from the horse's mouth...), touring to France and Ireland. He is Director of the London-based chamber choir, St Michael's Chorale (who specialise in plainchant and polyphony), the Walbrook Community Choir (in the City of London), and Director of Music at Christ Church, Echo Square in Gravesend. He is a regular staff member at the Daniel Corkery Summer School, County Cork, Ireland -- either as Choral Course Director, or providing music for the midweek concert. As a singer, Tom sings with professional choirs in London including: St Martin's Voices (St Martin-in-the-Fields) and St Stephen Voices (St Stephen Walbrook). He was formerly Choir Scholar at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate (the National Musicians' Church) and Head Chorister at Tewkesbury Abbey. Solo work includes the premiere of Simon Biazeck's Songs of Soldier Poets for Tenor, Violin, and Cello. Tom founded choral publishing company Shorter House in 2010 and has published several ground-breaking anthologies working with editors including Dr Andrew Earis, and George Richford. In 2018 Tom produced the highly acclaimed Naxos CD, This Day, for Blossom Street celebrating women composers and performers.