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Below are the biographies of just some of the soloists we have worked with over the years.

Jenny Bacon


Jenny studied post-graduate singing at the Royal Academy of Music, having read music as an undergraduate at Somerville College, Oxford. Jenny frequently works with The BBC Singers, Synergy Vocals, English Voices, RSVP Voices and Philharmonia Voices and has toured worldwide. Session work includes the 'Harry Potter' soundtrack and the recent Robin Gibb 'Requiem'. Jenny has worked with composer Steve Reich in worldwide performing 'Music for 18' and 'Proverb'. In 2009 she reached the semi-final of the Thelma King Award and the final of The Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition. She also took part in a performance of Bach's 'St Matthew Passion' as part of the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artists programme. In 2012, Jenny performed solo recitals in Oxford, Cambridge and London, as well as backing the rapper Labyrinth on The Jonathan Ross Show. She was Rose Maurrant in Weill's 'Street Scene' in the Zezere Arts Festival in Portugal and performed with The Clod Ensemble at the Tate Modern. Jenny has recorded a CD of solo folksongs 'Ae Fond Kiss' and performed the title role of Janáček's 'The Cunning Little Vixen' in the Zezere Arts Festival, Portugal. Jenny also has a busy concert diary with her vocal trio The Jazz-à-belles.

David Barry


David first developed an interest in music at school. Whilst studying French at Liverpool University, he took singing lessons and became involved in the growing interest in early music. Being a member of a group called Creake's Noyse also gave him an opportunity to play various medieval and Renaissance instruments. He was a Gentleman of the Choir at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral, and a member of several vocal and instrumental groups. After moving to Tewkesbury to pursue his teaching and singing careers, he was at various times a member of both the Hereford and Worcester Cathedral Choirs, participating in numerous Three Choirs Festivals. From here he decided to focus entirely on singing and since moving to London has had a successful freelance career, singing in most of London's churches, in chamber ensembles and choirs and in opera choruses

Peter Brooke


Peter started out as a chorister at Warwick and went on to sing as a choral scholar at Cambridge. Peter now studies with Robert Dean and holds a position at the Guards' Chapel, London. He has worked with a number of opera companies including Grange Park Opera, Ilford Arts, Dartington Festival Opera and Opéra de Baugé. Recent and forthcoming roles include Balstrode, Marcello, Guigliemo, Figaro, Leporello and Fasolt. Peter is also a busy consort and oratorio soloist in and around London. Recent performances include Handel's Jephtha and Brahms' German Requiem for the Bath Choral Society, and Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem at St John, Smith's Square to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

Ashley Catling


Ashley studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with William McAlpine‚ and at the National Opera Studio. Current and engagements include Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi (English Touring Opera)‚ St Brioche The Merry Widow (Opera North)‚ Count Almaviva (Stanley Hall Opera)‚ Trouble in Tahiti and Arias and Barcarolles (Psappha) and Momus Platée‚ Gastone and Curzio (Nationale Reisopera). Performances include Ernesto Don Pasquale (New Zealand Opera)‚ Don Ottavio (Opera Zuid)‚ Nanki-Poo The Mikado (Nationale Reisopera)‚ Apollo Orfeo‚ Kudryas Katya Kabanova‚ Giannetto La Gazza ladra‚ Fenton Falstaff and Tamino The Little Magic Flute (Opera North)‚ Nadir Les Pecheurs de Perles (Dorset Opera)‚ Zotico Eliogabalo (Grange Park Opera)‚ Andres Wozzeck (Welsh National Opera)‚ Nadir Der Stein der Weisen‚ Ferrando Cosi fan tutte (Garsington)‚ the tenor in Lynne Plowman's The Stargazer (London Mozart Players commission)‚ 1st Armed Man Die Zauberflöte (Glyndebourne on Tour)‚ Tamino (Castleward Opera and Opera by Definition)‚ Alfred Die Fledermaus (Lyric Opera Productions)‚ Normanno Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Holland Park)‚ John Millar Jnr in David Horne's Friend of the People (Scottish Opera)‚ Gawain in the premiere of Lynne Plowman's Gawain and the Green Knight (Music Theatre Wales) and Lurcanio Ariodante and Oronte Alcina (English Touring Opera). Recordings include Contrabandista (Hyperion)‚ Fidelio (Chandos), L'Esule di Granata (Opera Rara) and Steve Reich's video opera Three Tales with the composer. He has appeared on European and US tours and in concert throughout the UK‚ including St Matthew Passion (Winchester Cathedral) and a recital of Britten songs for voice and harp (Aldeburgh).

Rachel Chapman


Rachel gained a Bachelor of Music Honours Degree at Manchester University. She undertook further training with English National Opera on "The Knack" programme. She currently studies with Jennie Caron. Rachel's operatic experience is extensive and she has worked for such UK companies as Almeida Opera; Carl Rosa Opera; Dartington Festival Opera; English National Opera; Grange Park Opera; Opera by Definition; Opera North; Pavilion Opera; Riverside Opera and Surrey Opera. Her roles include Adina (L'Elisir d'amore), Angelica (Orlando), Bianca (La Rondine), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Micaela (Carmen), Susan (The Dinner Engagement), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Vixen Sharp-Ears (The Cunning Little Vixen), Woglinde (Götterdämmerung) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). She works regularly as a member of the Chorus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the realm of contemporary opera Rachel has performed the world premieres of Langer's The Girl of Sand (Almeida Opera) and of Maazel's 1984 (Royal Opera House). Rachel is also an experienced oratorio soloist. She has performed much of the standard repertoire and some examples include Bach's St Matthew Passion, Britten's War Requiem, Brahms' German Requiem, Fanshawe's African Sanctus, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation and The Seasons, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Orff's Carmina Burana and Poulenc's Gloria. She has performed in such leading British venues as Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin; Coventry Cathedral; Ripon Cathedral; Southwark Cathedral; Tewksbury Abbey and York Minster, the Barbican, Cadogan Hall, London Coliseum, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John's Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields. Rachel has given solo recitals in London and performed Strauss's Four Last Songs in Cheltenham and Annecy. As a consort singer, Rachel works regularly with some of the UK's leading groups, including the BBC Singers, the Choir of the Enlightenment, the English Concert Choir, the Gabrieli Consort and Sonoro. She has made numerous recordings, particularly with Opera Rara, as part of the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir. Her singing has taken her as far a-field as Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and she has worked extensively in Europe.

Anna Chappell


After singing in choirs and a barbershop quartet, Anna took up solo singing at age thirty, studying with Jessie Nickell, Geoffrey Shaw, Alexander Oliver and Teresa Cahill. She attended the Guildhall School of Music & Drama part time for three years, won several classes at music festivals and participated in many singing summer schools, courses and workshops. She focused on opera, gaining experience over four years with Morley College Opera, and singing with a number of other opera groups. Her roles include Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni; Countess, Marcellina, Marriage of Figaro; Miss Silvertone Impresario; First Lady, Magic Flute; Cendrillon, Cendrillon; Drusilla, Coronation of Poppea; Sister Genevieve, Suor Angelica; Dido, Second Woman Dido and Aeneas; Lady Dunmow, A Dinner Engagement and Sandman Hansel and Gretel. She has also performed many staged excerpts including: Lucia, Lucia di Lammermoor; Norma, Norma; Gilda, Rigoletto; Violetta, La Traviata; Amelia, Ballo in Maschera ; Aida, Aida; Elvira, Ernani; Electra, Idomeneo; Fiordiligi, Cosi Fan Tutte; Queen of the Night, Magic Flute; Frasquita, Carmen; Mrs Ford, Merry Wives of Windsor; Rachel, La Juive; Berthe, Le Prophete; and Rosalinda, Die Fledermaus. In addition, Anna has presented over 100 public recitals and concerts, either solo or in ensemble with colleagues, at venues in London and the South East. She has recently been receiving coaching at the National Opera Studio, and is working on making recordings, as well as studying oratorio roles.

Richard Collier


Richard gained a place at the age of seven in the choir of King's College, Cambridge, and this has meant that Richard has been "singing for his supper" from an early age. After leaving school, he went on to train at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama for both his degree and two further years at post-graduate level. Since leaving music college, Richard's freelance career has been similar to that followed by many a jobbing singer: a mix of all vocal genres: opera, oratorio, recital and church music. Richard has even had the unique experience of dressing up as a monk and singing in a pop group with another nine classical singers. Each year since then, the "monks", aptly named Gregorian, have toured extensively in Europe and beyond and plan to tour America next year. Playing to packed houses of upwards of 5000 people is an unusual experience indeed for most classical singers. Richard combines this with regular trips to Switzerland to record and give concerts with the Coro della Radio Televisione Svizzera Italiana.

Julian Empett


Julian Empett is a graduate of King's College London. He studied singing with the British baritone David Wilson-Johnson at his "Ferrandou" summer school in the Dordogne and privately at his London studio. He went on to study with the Husler exponent Peter Harrison. He was also a student of the Mayer Lismann Opera Workshop at ROH Covent Garden, and of Morley Opera. In 2002 he made his Proms solo début with The English Concert under Trevor Pinnock, taking the role of the High Priest in Bach's St Matthew Passion. As an oratorio soloist he has also appeared at the Barbican Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Cadogan Hall and St. John's Smith Square. Other notable recent performances have included Elgar's Dream of Gerontius for Eton & Windsor Choral Society, Verdi's Requiem in St George's RC Cathedral Southwark, Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony in Tewkesbury Abbey, the title role of Mendelssohn's Elijah in Ely and Norwich RC Cathedrals, Haydn's Creation in Peterborough Cathedral, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Cheltenham Town Hall, and his Choral Symphony in Cambridge's Guildhall, and Pärt's Passio (Evangelist) in Westminster Abbey. Forthcoming concerts include Mozart's Requiem in Chester Cathedral, Elgar's The Apostles, and Vaughan Williams's Five Mystical Songs. He is currently working with Ducere Clarino in a project performing and recording cantatas by Telemann. Julian is a Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey. As well as singing the daily services he has taken part in numerous television and radio broadcasts, most notably as soloist at the funeral in 2002 of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, in 2011 the marriage of HRH Prince William to Catherine Middleton and for the memorial service of Nelson Mandela this year. With the Abbey choir he has recorded a number of significant solos on the Hyperion label, most recently in William Walton's anthem The Twelve, of which Gramophone Magazine said "... on magnificent form here, as is the baritone Julian Empett who relishes his Belshazzar's Feast-like pronouncements ..." Julian has also given several song recitals: most significant among these have been Sir Arthur Somervell's Tennyson's 'Maud' with pianist John Nightingale, and Schubert's magnum opus Winterreise, with pianist Raymond Lewis. His wider singing career has included work with The Sixteen, Tenebrae, The English Concert, The Gabrieli Consort, Collegium Musicum 90, European Voices, The King's Consort, The Choir of the Enlightenment and the Tallis Scholars.

Belinda Evans


Lyric coloratura soprano Belinda, born and raised in Somerset, obtained a Vocal Diploma at the Welsh College of Music and Drama following a BA (Hons) Music Degree from Bath Spa University College. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and now studies with Laura Sarti. Recent roles include Venus, Venus and Adonis, Opera Lyrica; Despina, Così fan tutte and Norina, Don Pasquale, Pavilion Opera; Violetta, La Traviata, Opera UK; Frasquita, Carmen and Musetta, La bohème New Devon Opera; Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte, Savannah Philharmonic USA; Mimi in Opera Up Close's award-winning production of La bohème at the Soho Theatre. She has appeared as a soloist at the Cadogan, Colston and Birmingham Symphony Halls. Competitions and awards include second prize winner at both the Great Elm Vocal Awards, adjudicated by Dame Joan Sutherland, and the St John's Singing Competition, London. Her voice and its versatility have led her from singing at the Rugby World Cup in Australia to film and television appearances and contracts in London's West End. Experienced in opera and on the concert platform, she is currently a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Belinda also enjoys being one third of critically acclaimed close harmony trio the Jazz-à-belles, and front woman of the electroacoustic band, String Theory.

Andrew Friedhof


Andrew was born in London. He has combined chorus work for the Royal Opera with performing a number of operatic roles such as Ferranco, Cosi fan tutte, Tony, West Side Story, Nemorino, L'elisir d'amore, Il Contino Belfiore, La finta giardiniera, Alfredo, La Traviata, Nadir, Les pêcheurs de perles, Frederick, The Pirates of Penzance and Faust, (Gounod) and Tom Rakewell, The Rake's Progress for Theater Lübeck in Germany. Recently, a particular interest in new opera has brought him to work regularly with Opera Genesis, ROH2′s research and development company, including a performance of La Cantatrice Chauve by Jean-Philippe Calvin at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House. Andrew has taken part in a number of recitals accompanied by, amongst others, Roger Vignoles and Mark Packwood in the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House.

Jenni Harper


Jenni recently completed the Artist Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, for which she was awarded a Distinction. She holds a first-class degree in Music from the University of Birmingham and is a Britten-Pears Young Artist. She studies singing with Kate Paterson. Jenni recently performed the roles of Euridice, La Musica and Speranza for Brighton Early Music Festival's production of Monteverdi's Orfeo, directed by Thomas Guthrie. She played Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with Hampstead Garden Opera in May. Jenni has also recently covered Gretel in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel for Midsummer Opera and performed the role of Cobweb and covered Tytania in Surrey Opera's production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Jenni has sung works with the Croydon Bach Choir including Mozart's C Minor Mass and Handel's Dixit Dominus. Other concert highlights include singing the soprano solos for Handel's Messiah with Dover Choral Society; Mozart's Vesperae de Dominica and Haydn's Nelson Mass with the London Pro Arte Choir and Bach's Weinachtsoratorium with Eclectic Voices. Jenni is a founder member of the ensemble Ceruleo, with whom she performs solos and duets interwoven with spoken texts to create innovative dramatic performances. Ceruleo were selected for the Young Artist Scheme at the Brighton Early Music Festival 2015-16 and have performed throughout the UK and abroad. They have also been showcased live on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune'. Appearances in 2017 have included concerts in the London Handel Festival, the Folkestone Book Festival and for the City Music Society. They created an immersive operatic experience, 'The Rival Queens' with Thomas Guthrie for Handel and Hendrix in London, which they premiered in July 2017 and reprise in April 2018. Jenni is very grateful for the support of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, the Katy Choules Memorial Trust and The Guildhall Trust.

Vanessa Heine


Vanessa is a mezzo soprano who works in London as a soloist, consort and opera singer. As a consort singer, she regularly performs with the the BBC Singers, Philharmonia Voices, Metro Voices and London Voices. It is in this capacity that she has had the opportunity to work with some of the world's leading conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, Vladimir Jurowski and Esa-Pekka Salonen, to name a few. She regularly sings on recordings for Opera Rara and in the extra chorus at ENO. Recent operatic roles include the title role in Carmen and she was a soloist in the world premiere for Stockhausen's Mittwoch aus Licht. In addition Vanessa has appeared on numerous film soundtracks such as The Hobbit, Alice in Wonderland, and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises.

Ben Hill


Ben is a Music Scholar at Trinity School, Croydon, and a senior member of Trinity Boys Choir. He has performed in operas at the Royal Opera House and most recently in the Aix-en-Provence Festival, where he sang the role of Cobweb in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. He has sung on the soundtracks of a number of films and has made several television appearances, including Handel's Messiah at the Founding Hospital with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh. He previously appeared as a soloist in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the London Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. As well as a singer, Ben is a trumpeter with the National Children's Orchestra and recently was privileged to be coached by Wynton Marsalis. He is also a keen photographer and artist.

Paul Hopwood


A few years ago, in a fit of unguarded bohemianism, Paul gave up a job as an English teacher at Eton College in order to study voice at the London Guildhall. He then joined the Glyndebourne chorus, before leaving to concentrate on a solo career. A serious road accident scuppered his plans for immediate fame and fortune, but after his lower limbs were saved by medical science, his first job back was singing one of Mozart's Armed Men (Die Zauberflöte) on stilts. Thus empowered, he has since enjoyed playing characters that have varied from the barely noticeable - Jemmy Twitcher in Britten's Beggar's Opera at the Royal Opera House - to the worryingly megalomanical - Aurelios, Master of the Universe (in the now sadly forgotten experimental sci-fi opera, Aurelios, Master of the Universe). He has developed a reputation for working on new and unusual projects, but has still covered such familiar title roles as Berlioz's Damnation of Faust, Offenbach's Hoffmann, and Don José in Carmen. Recent career highlights have included his English National Opera debut as Gastone in La Traviata, his Scottish Opera debut in most of the role of Tichon in Katya Kabanova Unwrapped, a concert performance of Händel's Samson with Laurence Cummings, and his German debut at the Göttingen Händel Festival, where he sang and recorded the role of Varo in Händel's Arminio, performed an acclaimed solo recital, and learned to use the umlaut. A Croydon resident, Paul's other artistic endeavours include the writing of a stage play and trying to keep his two young children occupied.

Rebekah Jones


Rebekah grew up in Cheshire and has recently completed her undergraduate studies at King's College London, specialising in Voice and Violin. She currently holds a place as the Mezzo Soprano at St Mary's, Bourne Street, and in 2012-2013 was a member of the Genesis Sixteen training scheme. She has sung with a number of choirs in the UK including the National Youth Chamber Choir, Reverie, Siglo de Oro and the Sixteen. Future plans include a tour to Utah for the annual ACDA conference. Rebekah hopes to continue her vocal studies at music college and follow a career in opera.

Joya Logan


Joya graduated from Trinity College of Music where she studied piano, flute and singing. She is an accomplished consort singer and has performed throughout Europe and the UK with the English Concert, Serenata Voices, The Schütz Choir, Singscape, Tenebrae, the Gabrieli Consort and The Choir of the Enlightenment. She is also a member of the Guards' Chapel Choir. She has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night and recorded for Radio 3 and 4. Joya has also appeared as soloist on many recordings for the Hyperion Label with the Corydon Singers. Her solo repertoire includes all the major oratorios, most recently Handel's Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi's Gloria and Haydn's Nelson Mass. She has performed the Duruflé Requiem at the Edinburgh Festival, York Minster and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the City of London Choir and was noted for her 'rich timbre' by Gramophone magazine for her recording of the Rachmaninov Vespers for the Hyperion Label. A recent highlight has been the mezzo solo in Elgar's The Music Makers with JAGS Choral Society. Joya is much sought after as a singing and piano teacher, alongside choral coaching with adult and children's choirs and she is a musicianship tutor with NYCGB. She founded a leading pre-school music group, Mini Crotchets, which is still as popular as ever!

Amy Lyddon


Amy studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and graduated with first-class honours in Linguistics with French and Spanish. She began singing as a Chorister at Bath Abbey and also trained at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. Now a postgraduate student of the Royal College of Music, Amy learns with Rosa Mannion and Christopher Glynn. Her study is kindly supported by The Kathleen Trust and The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation. In opera, Amy's roles have included Nancy in Albert Herring for Shadwell Opera at Opera Holland Park, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Angelo Custode in Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo, Bathsheba inFar from the Madding Crowd (a new opera), Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia and Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas. She had the privilege of singing on the 2012 Oxford Lieder Festival Master Course, working with Wolfgang Holzmair and Roger Vignoles. In concert, Amy frequently performs in Bach's St Matthew Passion, St John Passion, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Handel's Messiah. As an ensemble singer, Amy is privileged to work with Polyphony, Tenebrae, The Dunedin Consort, London Voices and Reverie Choir.

David Roy


David won a choral scholarship to St John's College, Cambridge, where he sang under the direction of George Guest. After post-graduate work at Oxford he started his freelance work in London, singing as Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral. He has performed with the BBC Singers, The Sixteen, the Monteverdi Choir and other small chamber choirs, specialising in both Renaissance and contemporary music. His performances have taken him to many parts of the world, including Japan, Australia, the United States, Brazil and throughout Europe. Works premiered have included new compositions by John Tavener, Harrison Birtwhistle and a reconstructed edition of Texeira's Te Deum. David has made numerous recordings, ranging from the early motets of Guillaume Machaut to Baroque masterpieces such as J S Bach's B Minor Mass through to the contemporary works of Pierre Boulez.

Joseph Ford Thompson


Anglo-American tenor Joseph is a Masters graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Philip Doghan, with coaching from Gareth Hancock, and previously attended the University of Birmingham. He has performed with Opera Holland Park, Retrospect Opera, Winslow Hall Opera, and Raymond Gubbay Opera. Operatic roles have included Edward Alexander and Narrator in the European Premiere of Phillip Glass's Appomattox, Gastoné La Traviata, Alfredo Die Fledermaus, Bill A Hand of Bridge, Angel The Impresario, Grimoaldo Rodelinda, First Priest & Armed Man Magic Flute. Joseph has sung as a soloist around the country and internationally with groups including Sonoro, the Sweelinck Ensemble, Armonico Consort, Oxford Bach Choir, Southend Festival Chorus, Opera Barcarola, Caminetto Voices, Enfield Choral Society, and the resident choirs of the National Portrait Gallery, the New West End Synagogue, and the Guards Chapel London.

Adam Tunnicliffe


Canadian Tenor Adam studied at Christ Church, Oxford and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has recently sung title roles in Werther, Grimebourn; Oberon, Cadogan Hall; Tom Rakewell, Rake's Progress, Saffron Hall; and Albert Herring, English Touring Opera. Also for English Touring Opera he has appeared as Sandy, The Lighthouse; Lensky, Eugene Onegin; Young Guard and John Shears in the Olivier award-winning productions of Tippett's King Priam and Britten's Paul Bunyan, Captain, Promised End; and Edmondo, L'assedio di Calais. Other rules include David, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Saffron Opera Group; Quint, Turn of the Screw; Rinuccio, Gianni Schicchi, Holland Park Young Artists; Sumers, Italian Girl in London, Bampton Classical Opera; Admiral, Le Gendre's Burial at Thebes, The Globe; and Louis Mander's Oh Whistle and I'll Come, Tete a Tete. Adam has also worked for Grange Park singing Joe in Fanciulla del West and Junger Seeman and Steuermann in Tristan und Isolde. He has performed in a staged version of Rossini's Petite Messe Solonnelle with Berlin's renowned physical theatre troupe Nico and the Navigators in Berlin.