Workshop on Cantata Eliensis, Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 9 November 2013
Georgia Mae Bishop is a mezzo-soprano in her final year of undergraduate study with Linda Hirst at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Operatic roles include; Hexe, Hansel und Gretel (PuzzlePiece Opera), 2nd Witch, Dido and Aeneas (Black Robin Opera), Common Person, It Makes No Difference - Simone Spagnolo (Tété a Tété) and ensemble in Perpetua for Cantata Dramatica in 2012. Concert performances include Stephen McNeff's Image in Stone with Trinity Laban Wind Symphonia, and Berio Folk Songs and Ustvolskaya Symphony No. 4 at The Rest is Noise festival at the South Bank. Upcoming performances include the title role in Carmen for Puzzle Piece Opera.
Rosemary Braddy (Saint Werburh)
Rosemary Braddy was born Rosemary Hills in Nottingham, England. From an early age she harboured a fierce passion for singing and her many accolades, including the John Ogden award, in 2007, saw her follow her natural progression to begin studying at the Royal College of Music. Rosemary is a vocal scholar under the tuition of Timothy Evans-Jones, supported by the Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award. She was the Alto soloist for the Bach Cantata Series with the RCM at the Early Music Festival in Sandwich, Kent in 2012 and 2013 and has recently had her RCM Opera School debut as Lady Ellington in Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne.
Nicole Chen (Violin)
Nicole Chen is a third year undergraduate visiting student at Exeter College at the University of Oxford. Originally from Mountain View, California, she began playing the violin at age 4 and most recently studied with Joanna Kurkowicz and Robin Sharp. Nicole’s home university is Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts where she is earning her degree in Economics and Political Science. Nicole has performed throughout the United States with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, of which she was co-concertmaster for several years. She has also been a member of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra. Nicole enjoys playing chamber music and has recently taken up ballroom dancing.
Joseph Currie (Keyboard/Repetiteur)
Joseph Currie is a composer studying in Oxford with Martyn Harry and Robert Saxton, yet he also has an active life as a pianist, organist, harpsichordist, and conductor. He has enjoyed performing and conducting in venues around Europe, and has benefitted from numerous prizes, most recently the Bate Collection Recording Prize. Having completed his tenure as Organ Scholar at Jesus College, Oxford, Joseph plans now to focus on electronic music: he is currently working as a co-director of OxLOrk, the Oxford University Laptop Orchestra, and participates in a collaborative project focusing on the production of noise music.
Daniel Gooch (Saxophone)
Daniel Gooch is a freelance saxophonist working around the country. He has completed the PgaDip course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire after gaining a masters there. Previously, Daniel studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he was awarded a first class honours degree. Daniel has performed two concertos with orchestra. He has performed in a variety of venues, from London Fashion Week, to the stage of Britain's Got Talent! Daniel specializes in contemporary techniques such as circular breathing, slap tongue and multiphonics and has performed numerous pieces incorporating these.
Guy Hayward (Boatman, Gervase, Abbot Richard of Bec)
Guy Hayward is a young baritone who started singing as a boy chorister at Bath Abbey and later became a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. He sang the role of ‘Pudens’ in Cantata Dramatica’s 2012 production of Perpetua. Guy has also performed here in the Holywell Music Room, as part of the 2010 Oxford Lieder Master Course, directed by Ian Partridge. In other guises, Guy is part of a traditional jazz comedy double act (www.bounderandcad.me), and enjoys singing folk and Early music. Guy is currently completing a PhD at Cambridge exploring how singing forms community all around the world.
David Jones (Wilfrid, Ranulf)
A baritone and actor of rare versatility, David Jones has been acclaimed in work ranging from the title role in Shakespeare's Hamlet to Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Recent highlights have included singing Ruprecht in a reconstruction of part of Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel, playing Ko-Ko in a new production of The Mikado for Co-Opera Co., and singing with Dame Felicity Lott. He has a strong interest in new music and created the roles of Jamie in The Sleeper with Welsh National Youth Opera, James in These Things Happen at the Courtyard Theatre and Hilarianus in Nick Bicât’s cantata, Perpetua, at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford with Cantata Dramatica.
Anna Krause (Werburh)
Soprano Anna Krause is actively involved in choral life in Oxford. She is a current member of the St Peter’s College Choir, the Arcadian Singers, and the Christ Church Cathedral Singers, and has formerly sung with the Worcester, Wadham, Harris Manchester, and Keble College choirs. Anna also performs as a soloist, and recently organised and performed at a Musical Evening at St Cross College, where she is the Hélène La Rue Music Scholar. Anna is a private student in Susan Young’s studio.
David Le Prevost (Simeon, Rethersgut)
David is currently a bass lay clerk at Christ Church Cathedral College, Oxford, under the direction of Dr Stephen Darlington and is studying singing with Giles Underwood. He performs in both a choral and solo capacity for a number of choirs around the country including Polyphony, Swansea and Reading Bach Choirs as well as being a pro rata member of the BBC Singers. His recent engagements include the baritone roles from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Brahms' Requiem and Schumann's Dichterliebe. David was also invited to sing on Eric Whitacre's Light and Gold CD as an alumni member of Laudibus (National Youth Chamber Choir).
Becca Marriott (Seaxburh, Matilda)
Becca Marriott read English at The University of Oxford where she acted in numerous OUDs productions and directed The Oxford Imps. In 2012 Becca directed and performed in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona at City University, sang Donna Anna (Giovanni) with Thames Philharmonia, and the Countess in Le Nozze with Aria Alba. She also sang Tosca for OperaUpClose, and subsequently for the Philharmonia Britannica in 2013. Other roles include: Dido for Black Robin Opera, Amelia, Un Ballo in Maschera for OperaUpClose, and Gala Dali in Ergo Phizmiz's Gala at Tête à Tête.She is the current Morag Noble Scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
James Rhoads (William, Peregrinus, Messenger)
James Rhoads was born in Melbourne, Australia, but moved with his family to Perth where he became a chorister at St George's Cathedral. He gained a music scholarship to Perth Modern School where he graduated with the John Peter Coles prize for singers. He studied music and vocal performance at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, before moving to England where he became a Choral Scholar at Worcester Cathedral and then at Wells Cathedral. He has performed as a soloist in Haydn's Stabat Mater, Dyson's The Canterbury Pilgrims and Stainer's Crucifixion. He is studying Music at King's College London and is a member of Genesis Sixteen for this academic year.
Katie Slater (Etheldreda)
Katie read English and French at the University of Nottingham before starting at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where she gained a Masters with Distinction, the Cordelia Moses Scholarship and the Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Prize. She continues her studies privately with Ann Mason. Highlights of 2013 include Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Opera Holland Park), Mrs Herring in Albert Herring (Mid Wales Opera Young Artists), and a critically acclaimed one woman show based on Monteverdi's 'Lament' at the Arcola Theatre. Future projects include Hansel (Opera in Space) and a two week residency at Aldeburgh with 'Lament'. Katie sang the title role in Perpetua with Cantata Dramatica in 2012.
Louise Unsworth (Flute)
Louise is a final year music student specialising in orchestral flute playing and conducting. Louise's aptitude for enjoying and working with a variety of genres developed whilst studying music and performing in venues across the UK and parts of Europe, such as the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Strasbourg Cathedral. Alongside her course, Louise musicallly directs the University Jazz Band and University Concert Band. She is currently rehearsing with the University Orchestra and also the Opera Society Orchestra of their production of Pirates of Penzance. Louise is thrilled to be working alongside new composers and is looking forward to taking part in Cantata Eliensis.