Members of the Choir

Basses

Malachy Frame Malachy Frame

Belfast-born baritone Malachy Frame was a Garsington Opera Alvarez Young Artist for 2018. He was Northern Ireland Opera's 'Voice of 2016,' having won the competition at the company's annual 'Festival of Voice’ in August.

Since then, operatic roles have included Aeneas in Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’, Masetto in Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’, Guglielmo in Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’ for Northern Ireland Opera, Count Ceprano in Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ for Wexford Festival Opera, Labarta in the UK premiere of Juan Durán’s ‘O Arame’ for XOGA, and Contadino 1/Ufficiale in Alfano’s ‘Risurrezione’ for Wexford Festival Opera. He was a finalist in the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform 2018, and a finalist in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2016 at the Wigmore Hall.

Malachy completed a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham and graduating with distinction and a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital. Prior to this he graduated from the University of Cambridge, where he read Music and was a choral scholar at Gonville and Caius College.


Benjamin McKee Benjamin McKee


Tenors

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.
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Altos

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.



Catherine Backhouse Catherine Backhouse
Mezzo-soprano Catherine Backhouse grew up in Edinburgh and began singing as a chorister in St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral. She graduated with an honours degree in music from The University of Durham and completed the prestigious Opera Studies and Artist Diploma programmes at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with distinction. She was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist for the 2017/2018 Season and won the Sunday Herald Cutlure Award for Best Musical Artist for her performances there which included Annina in La Traviata, Opera Highlights tour and the world première of Grace Notes by Samuel Bordoli. Since then she has played Concepción in L’heure Espagnole with Mid-Wales Opera, Suzuki Madama Butterfly with West Green House Opera and Jan in Jan Tait and the Bear by Emily Doolittle in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Summerhall. This Summer she will be playing Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri with Diva Opera. Previous roles include Third Lady The Magic Flute (Mid-Wales Opera), Léonor in Donizetti’s La Favorite (UCOpera), Philomen in Gluck Philomen and Baucis (Bampton Classical Opera), Idamante (cover) Idomeneo (Garsington Opera) Dryad Ariadne auf Naxos (West Green House), L’Enfant in Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (Barbican), Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro (GSMD). Catherine is a Britten‐Pears Young Artist and performed Kate Julian in Owen Wingrave at the 2014 Aldeburgh and Edinburgh International Festivals. Concerts include Alexander Nevsky (Barbican), Wagner Wesendonk Lieder (Milton Court), Handel’s Messiah (Dunedin Consort), Schumann Frauenliebe und Leben (The Forge). A new music enthusiast, Catherine has performed Kurtág Messages of the Late R.V.Troussova, Mezzo Actor in Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera, Mariko in Tokaido Road by Nicola LeFanu. Website


Sopranos

Elspeth Piggott Elspeth Piggott

Elspeth Piggott graduated with a BA in music from the University of York in 2014, and is currently studying with Veronica Veysey Campbell. As well as passionately pursuing a career as a soloist, she also sings with a number of professional choirs including I Fagiolini, The Marian Consort, Polyphony, Contrapunctus and the Britten Sinfonia Voices. Recent highlights of her solo work include Mozart’s Litaniae Lauretanae at St John’s Smith Square with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Haydn’s Creation Mass at the Sheldonian Theatre, and MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross at the Barbican with the Britten Sinfonia.

Cultivating her love of opera, Elspeth has appeared in masterclasses with Andreas Scholl, Katie Mitchell, Elaine Kidd, Tom Guthrie, and Kitty Whately. Her opera roles have included Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s opera Albert Herring.



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.