Oliver Tarney was born (1984) and educated in Lancaster, moving on to read music at Manchester university. After completing a Master's Degree in composition, and training as a teacher, he is now Head of Composition and Singing at Winchester College in Hampshire. He sings regularly with the college's chapel choir under the direction of Malcolm Archer and with Winchester Cathedral choir.
His recent works are published by Oxford University Press, with more due for publication next year. Other recent pieces include a setting of Fair is the Heaven for the St Endellion Easter Music Festival, and A Prayer of St Richard of Chichester for Sansara Chamber Choir (winners of the 2015 London International A Cappella Choir Competition) with whom he is an associate composer, and which has just been recorded on their their acclaimed CD, Cloths of Heaven (Convivium Records). He has seen his 2014 Magnificat recorded by Serafine Chamber Choir & Sinfonia and released on the Convivium Records label to wide critical acclaim. Future commissions include a choral and orchestral St Mark Passion for the St Endellion Easter Festival 2019, and recent recordings include a setting of Maria Virgo assumpta est for Suzi Digby's Ora Singers, to be recorded 2017, and Majora Canamus for the Southern Cathedrals' Festival 2017, for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Oliver has worked extensively with 'Sing for pleasure', the national choral organisation that promotes choral singing in communities, choirs, and classrooms. He is passionate about inspiring others to find a love of singing.