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Soloists

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

Jenny Bacon

Soprano

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.

Peter Brooke

Bass

Described by Opera Magazine as a 'finely-honed, rich baritone' (La Calisto, 2014), Peter started singing as a chorister at Warwick and later became a choral scholar at Cambridge. Peter studies with Robert Dean. Having developed a love of opera as a choir boy in Tosca, he went on to establish himself as a baritone soloist and has now worked with a number of companies including Grange Park Opera, Opéra de Baugé, Hampstead Garden Opera, Fulham Opera and Opera Vera. Roles include the title role in Regents Opera's production of Le nozze di Figaro; Guiglielmo, Così fan tutte; Belcore, L'elisir d'amore, Opéra de Baugé; Giove, La Calisto, Hampstead Garden Opera; Michele, Il tabarro; and Leporello, Don Giovanni, Opera Vera. Peter has given oratorio performances with various choral societies in and around London, including Haydn's oratorio The Creation, Bach's Passions, the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Brahms and Beethoven's Symphony No 9 with the Bath Choral Society. He has also given recitals of Schubert's Winterreise, and Schumann's Dichterliebe.

Ashley Catling

Tenor

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).

Anna Chappell

Soprano

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

Bass

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

Bass

Julian 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 performances have included Elgar's Dream of Gerontius for Eton and 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. 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 and at the marriage in 2011 of HRH Prince William to Catherine Middleton. 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. Julian has also given several song recitals: most significant among these have been Sir Arthur Somervell's Tennyson's Maud, and Schubert's magnum opus Winterreise. 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

Soprano

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

Tenor

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

Soprano

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 has just finished covering Gretel in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel for Midsummer Opera. Over the summer, she 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 and Dorking Halls. She also sang Œnone, Matelôte and Une Bergere in Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie with Linden Baroque in June. Jenni is looking forward to singing the role of Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance for St Albans Chamber Opera next March. Jenni sang the first soprano solos in Mozart's C Minor Mass as well as solos in Handel's Dixit Dominus with the Croydon Bach Choir. She was the featured soloist with Belsize Baroque in February, singing Bach's solo cantatas Jauchzet Gott and Ich habe Genug and was the first soprano soloist for Voce Chamber Choir's recent performance of Bach's B Minor Mass. She regularly sings with Dover Choral Society and has been their soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass, Haydn's Paukenmesse and Purcell's Ode to St Cecilia. She also sang the soprano solos in Rutter's Requiem at St John's Smith Square. 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 2015-2016 and performed as part of the London Festival of Baroque Music at St John's Smith Square and at the Accademia Ricercare Antiqua Festival in Italy. Jenni is very grateful for the support of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, the Katy Choules Memorial Trust and The Guildhall Trust.

Vanessa Heine

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Vanessa grew up in Berlin and came to London to study voice at Trinity College of Music. Since leaving college she has worked extensively in London both as an opera and consort singer. Her operatic roles are varied and include the Witch, Hansel and Gretel; Desideria, The Saint of Bleecker Street; a Flower Maiden, Parsifal; the title role, Carmen; world premieres of Die Putzfrauen and Triumph of Life. She has also been in the chorus for productions of Peter Grimes, Street Scene, Der Freischütz and Carmen and most recently has been a regular extra chorus member at English National Opera. She was a soloist in the 2012 World Premiere of Stockhausen's Mittwoch aus Licht in Birmingham. As a consort singer, she regularly performs with the BBC Singers, Philharmonia Voices, Metro Voices and London Voices. It is in this capacity that she has had opportunity to work with some of the world's leading conductors, such as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davies, Vladimir Jurowski and Kent Nagano. In addition Vanessa has appeared on numerous film soundtracks such as The Hobbit franchise, Alice in Wonderland and Pirates of the Caribbean and has also sung on a number of recordings of rare bel canto operas for the label Opera Rara. She currently studies privately with Arwel Treharne Morgan.

Ben Hill

Treble

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.

Rebekah Jones

Mezzo-Soprano

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.

Amy Lyddon

Soprano

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

Tenor

After enjoying choral scholarships at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities, David began a professional singing career in London. He sang as a Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral before joining the BBC Singers, the only full time professional chamber choir in England. Latterly, as a freelance performer, he has worked with The Sixteen and other small chamber choirs specialising in Renaissance music. His performances have taken him to many parts of the world, including Brazil, the United States, Japan, Australia and most European countries. Works premiered have included new compositions by John Tavener, Harrison Birtwhistle and a reconstructed edition of Texeira's Te Deum.

Adam Tunnicliffe

Tenor

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.