Members of the Choir


Martin Oxenham Martin Oxenham
Martin (baritone) gained his early musical experience playing the tuba in the National Youth Orchestra. After reading mathematics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he received a foundation scholarship from the Royal College of Music where he won several prizes, including that for English Song, studying with Edward Brookes. Martindale Sidwell invited him to join the Hampstead Parish Church Choir. Following a spell in the Glyndebourne Chorus, also understudying and singing small roles, he became in 1995 a Vicar Choral of the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, with whom he has sung solos on many broadcasts and recordings. Although he has appeared in major roles with many of the smaller professional touring opera companies and understudied at ENO, he has concentrated more on oratorio and song; as a versatile and busy oratorio soloist, he has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, the QEH, the Barbican, Florence Opera House, the Queen's Hall, Edinburgh and on BBC Radio 3 as well as at festivals in Britain and abroad, with the City of London Sinfonia, RPO, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Two solo recital CDs on the Meridian Records label 'Prospice' and - with Lee Ward - 'By the Waters of Babylon', exploring neglected works by British composers with many first recordings, have received glowing reviews.

Nick Mogg Nick Mogg
Nicholas Mogg was educated at the Manchester Grammar School, the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar under Tim Brown and Graham Ross and with whom he sang as a soloist in major concert halls across the world and on BBC Radio. Nicholas is an Apprentice in the Monteverdi Choir (2012-13) and as a result sings in the choir and works closely with Sir John Eliot Gardiner on both solo and choral repertoire. In addition to this he is a member of the choir of Hampstead Parish Church and sings with a variety of other choirs in the UK and abroad. Operatic roles include Falke (Die Fledermaus), Bartley (Riders to the Sea), Starveling/Moon (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Lysander (The Fairy Queen). Recent oratorio work includes the bass solos in The Creation in the Abbatiale St-Ouen, Christus and the bass solos in Bach's St Matthew Passion and St John Passion, Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and Tippett's A Child of Our Time.


Aidan Coburn Aidan Coburn
Aidan Coburn was educated at the London Oratory School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read music. As a young tenor, Aidan held choral scholarships with the Oratory Schola, St George's Cathedral Southwark, Lichfield Cathedral and Caius College Choir, during which period he a sang as a soloist several times on BBC Radio (In Tune, Choral Evensong and The Early Music Show). Aidan has also sung extensively as a soloist around Cambridge and London (recently including Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Creation, Tippet's A Child of Our Time, Elgar's The Kingdom, Britten's St Nicholas and Finzi's Dies Natalis) and continues to combine solo work with singing with several London church and Cathedral choirs, and is a regular singer in Hampstead Parish Church Choir. Aidan is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Julian Gavin.

Whilst at university, Aidan started to combine singing with conducting, and has gained much experience in the symphonic and choral repertoire. In his second year he founded the Caius Consort, which specialised in performing music of the Baroque and then, in his final year, Shadwell Opera Company. With Shadwell Aidan has conducted several performances of operas (most notably Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, The Magic Flute and Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream) in Cambridge and at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the Magic Flute won 5 star awards in several national papers and the coveted Herald Angel Award. Whilst working at the London Oratory School, Aidan was Acting Director of the London Oratory School Schola and is now the conductor of the Colla Voce Singers.

xxxxx Paul Robinson
Paul read music and was both a chorister and choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music and was awarded the Opera Scholarship and the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship. His recordings include Purcell's Ode to St Cecilia and Mendelssohn's version of Bach's St Matthew Passion for Radio della Svizzera Italiana (RTSI) and a setting of Psalm 91 on the Hyperion Schubert series. Concert performances have included Beethoven's Mass in C in Bergen; Bach's St John Passion in Buxton; Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem in King's College, Cambridge; Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolae and Schubert's Magnificat with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall; Britten's Cantata Misericordium with the Bochum Symphoniker; Handel's Solomon and Theodora in Darmstadt and Frankfurt, and concerts in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Shizuoka, Japan. Recent engagements have included Beethoven's Mass in C in Bergen; Frederic, Pirates of Penzance in Buxton and Cheltenham, Bach's St John Passion in Buxton, Handel's Solomon and Theodora in Darmstadt and Frankfurt, and concerts in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Shizuoka, Japan. He has performed regularly with the Newbury Chamber Choir and the Hogarth Singers. He sings Evensong at Hampstead Parish Church as a member of the choir.


Jess Dandy Jess Dandy

Jess Dandy, winner of the London Bach Society Bach Singers Prize 2017, is a graduate with distinction of Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity College, Cambridge. She was a Britten-Pears Young Artist, and has performed at 22 Mansfield Street, Oxford Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall.

This year Jess is looking forward to joining The Grange Festival Opera Chorus, presenting recitals with Martin Roscoe and Anthony Hewitt, performing in a Rising Stars concert at St George’s Bristol and participating in Thomas Hampson’s Lied Akademie at the Boulez Saal, Berlin and Heidelberger Frühling. She is also competing in the final of The Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, semi-finals of The Royal Overseas League Competition, The Kathleen Ferrier Award and The London Handel Competition. Opera highlights include a Datta/Maxwell ROH workshopping, Venables 4.48 Psychosis ROH/Lyric Hammersmith, Ensemble and Cover Messenger Monteverdi Orfeo ROH/The Roundhouse and Into The Little Hill Shadwell Opera. Concert credits include Mozart Requiem St Martin-in-the-Fields, Berlioz Roméo et Juliette Barbican and Salle Pleyel LSO dir. Valery Gergiev, Andriessen De Staat Queen Elizabeth Hall dir. Simon Wills and Steve Reich Music for a Large Ensemble BBC Proms Multi-Story dir. Chris Stark.

Jess is also a keen ensemble singer with the Monteverdi Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Polyphony, Philharmonia Voices, Le Concert d’Astrée, Sonoro, Philharmonia Chorus Professional Scheme and Florilegium. She currently studies with Gary Coward.

Katherine Nicholson Katherine Nicholson
Katherine enjoys a busy freelance career with many of Europe's premiere ensembles, regularly appearing with the BBC Singers, Cambridge Singers, OAE, Eric Whitacre Singers and Polyphony. She has toured North America with the lauded early music consort Stile Antico and regularly tours Europe with the Flemish ensemble Collegium Vocale Gent.
Equally at home on the solo platform, recent performances include Purcell Ode for St Cecilia, Vivaldi Gloria J.S.Bach St Matthew Passion and St John Passion, C.P.E.Bach Magnificat, Handel Messiah, Dixit Dominus and Israel in Egypt Rachmaninov Vespers, Durufle Requiem and Copland In The Beginning. She is one half of a duo with the talented fortepianist Nathaniel Mander, performing Classical song repertoire.
Katherine has been a part of the Evensong choir at HPC since 2006 and also sings at St Margaret's Westminster for Sunday morning services.
Future projects for 2013 include a European tour of Haydn Die Jahreszeiten with Collegium Vocale Gent; a US East Coast tour with the Eric Whitacre Singers; and St John Passion performances with Polyphony in London and Paris.


Josephine Stephenson Josephine Stephenson

Josephine grew up in France and as a teenager was part of the Maitrise de Radio France, the national radio's children's choir. She came to England in 2008 to read music as an undergraduate at Clare College, Cambridge, where she was a choral scholar, before completing a Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music.

Today Josephine divides her time between singing and composing. As a freelance soprano, she regularly performs with groups such as EXAUDI, Tenebrae, The Tallis Scholars, The Erebus Ensemble, Philharmonia Voices and Britten Sinfonia Voices. Her music has been commissioned by the BBC and Radio France, and broadcast on France Musique, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music. She occasionally works as assistant for the film composer Dario Marianelli and also runs a concert production company called Listenpony which puts on events mixing contemporary classical music with traditional classical music and popular genres.

Christine Buras Christine Buras

American soprano Christine Buras is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music's postgraduate Vocal Studies course, where she studied with Julie Kennard and James Baillieu and received the DipRAM award for an exemplary final recital. Her operatic roles include Suor Dolcina and La Prima Sorella Cercatrice (Puccini's Suor Angelica ) for Royal Academy Opera, Hélène (Chabrier's Une Éducation Manquée ) for Pop-Up Opera, Lucy (Menotti's The Telephone ) for Salon Opera, Princess Almond (Danyal Dhondy's Shahrazad ) for Opera Vera, Theodora (Handel's Theodora ) for Benslow Opera, and Belinda (Purcell's Dido and Aeneas ) for Indiana University. As an ensemble singer she has worked for conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Masaaki Suzuki, Laurence Cummings, and Marin Alsop. She is a founding member of the contemporary music group Ensemble x.y, who are making their debuts at St. John Smith Square and St. Martin-in-the-Fields later this year. In her free time she enjoys cooking dinner parties and hillwalking in Scotland.