CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS 2019-20: Auditions for all voice parts (SSAATTBB) take place on 26th and 27th May. Please contact the Parish Administrator if you are interested in auditioning.
Helen is a London based lyric soprano, currently studying for a Masters in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, under Nuccia Focile. She benefits from private teaching with Marcio da Silva, and is grateful for the generous support of the William Gibbs Educational Trust.
Helen's undergraduate studies in music took place at Cardiff University, where she held a David Lloyd Vocal Scholarship, was awarded the Geraint Evans Prize for outstanding recital performance, and performed regularly as a soloist with the Cardiff University Chamber Choir.
Since graduating Helen has performed a variety of operatic roles, including: Despina (Cosi fan tutte, Woodhouse Opera Festival); Amastre (Xerse, Ensemble OrQuesta, Grimeborn Festival); Morgana (Alcina, New London Opera Players); Nerone (L'incoronazione di Poppea, Ensemble OrQuesta); Gianetta (L’elisir d’amore, Woodhouse Opera Festival); Valletto (L'incoronazione di Poppea, Hampstead Garden Opera); Calisto (La Calisto, Barefoot Opera and Ensemble OrQuesta); First Lady (Magic Flute, Secret Opera); and Yum Yum (Mikado, Opera Anywhere). Helen also enjoys performing in contemporary music projects, singing Aisha in the premiere of Lizzie Strata's Sex Strike (Stanton St John Opera), Ruth in the premiere of The Three Wayfarers, (Opera Anywhere), performing as soloist in the premiere of Orlando Gough's 'Bayeux', which was commissioned for the 950th celebration of 1066, and providing solo vocals for a multi-awarding winning short film produced by Numinous Pictures.
Helen is increasingly in demand as an oratorio soloist, having performed for: Poulenc's Gloria, (Grange Choral Society); Schubert’s Mass in G, Holst’s Two Psalms (Hastings Philharmonic), and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, (Epiphoni Consort); Handel’s Messiah, (Haslemere Symphony Orchestra and Chorus), Mozart’s Coronation Mass in C major, and Fauré’s Requiem (Cardiff University Chamber Choir), and with a number of different chamber music ensembles for competitions, BBC broadcasts, CD recordings and concerts in the UK and abroad (see Diary Archive). Helen also continues to develop her love of choral singing as a choral scholar of St. John's, Hyde Park, and as a scholar of The Philharmonia Chorus.
Exciting recent performances have included creating the role of Nimue in the world premiere of Merlin, by Keith Beal, with Hastings Philharmonic. Helen also looks forward to covering the role of Aurora in the premiere of Noah Mosley's opera Aurora, for Bury Court Opera in February 2019.
Edinburgh-born Soprano Catriona Hewitson won the 2018 Ferrier Loveday Song Prize and is a Samling Artist and Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist 2018-2020. She is currently a member of the Royal College of Music Opera Studio studying with Janis Kelly having previously studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, ENO Opera Works and the City of Edinburgh Music School. Recently she has been a finalist in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards and Royal Over-Seas League Vocal Category. She has won several other prizes whilst studying including the Clare Croiza Prize for French Song and the Chris Petty English Song Competition.
Catriona performed with The Grange Festival in their inaugural season as Cis in Albert Herring with John Copley and recently covered in Der Rosenkavalier for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. She has also worked with English Touring Opera covering the roles of Sophie (Werther), Yniold (Pelléas et Mélisande) and Iphise (Dardanus by Rameau). Other roles performed at the RCM include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro directed by Sir Thomas Allen, Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Cock/Frantic/Cricket (The Cunning Little Vixen), Ida (Die Fledermaus) and Emmie (Albert Herring). Catriona’s roles with other companies include Musetta (La bohème), Monica (The Medium), Amore (Orfeo ed Euridice), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) and she has worked with British Youth Opera and Opera Holland Park.
Highlights on the concert platform include performing in St Martin-in-the-Fields as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival and touring Northern Ireland with the Ulster Orchestra. Catriona has also performed in such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall and as part of the Edinburgh International and Lammermuir Festivals.
Recent and future performances include returning to St Martin-in-the-Fields with Eleanor Kornas for a recital in January, performing the role of Edwige in the RCM Opera Studio’s production of Offenbach’s Robinson Crusoe and covering Princess Elsbeth for Garsington Festival Opera in the summer as an Alvarez Young Artist. Catriona is the Siow-Furniss Scholar supported by an Emma Rose Scholarship and has also been generously supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, William Gibbs Trust, Drake Calleja Trust, Sybill Tutton Award, Cross Trust and PS.
British mezzo soprano Laura Hocking graduated with a first class honours undergraduate degree from the Royal College of Music. She is currently continuing her studies there on the Master of Performance degree as a Helen Marjorie Tonks Scholar. Throughout her studies she has been kindly supported by a TSH Prince Donatus and Princess Heidi Von Hohenzollern scholarship, the William Gibbs Educational Trust, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation and a Countess of Munster Award. She studies with Rosa Mannion and Jo Ramadan.
Laura’s recent concert work has included Bach’s St John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Walton’s Façade, Sousa's Non-Commital Declarations (recorded for Naxos), and Bach cantatas with the London Handel Orchestra. Operatic experience includes the title role in Dido and Aeneas (Hurn Court Opera), Amastre in Cavalli's Xerse (Ensemble Orquesta), Nerone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea (The New Renaissance Collective), La Grosse Dame in Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Royal College of Music International Opera School), Zweite Damme in Die Zauberflöte (Broadstone Music Series) and contemporary opera premieres as Angelica in Lara Poe's The Fermi Paradox, and Embryo 3 in Sophie Sparkes' Our Perfect Child (RCM/Tête-à-tête). She has also appeared in the Chorus for Hänsel und Gretel(RCMIOS), Eugene Onegin and Tosca (Opera on Location). In Opera Scenes she has performed the roles of Dorabella, Juno, Hermia, Ramiro and Xerxes. She has also performed in masterclasses with Ann Murray DBE, Lynn Eustis and Mark Tucker. Alongside her studies, Laura has participated in a British Youth Opera Workshop with John Ramster, Abingdon Summer School and the Wessex Solo Singers Course.
Gloucestershire born Tenor, Laurence is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London, under the tutelage of Timothy Evans-Jones and Simon Lepper. He is an ABRSM Scholar and recently received the First Prize and the Norma Procter Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers.
Laurence began his formal training as a chorister with the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum (2008-2012), studying under Bronwen Mills (2008-2017), and in 2009, won the title of BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year. As a result, he appeared as guest treble soloist at the Royal Albert Hall, performing alongside Lesley Garrett (2012) and the following year, broadcast on Sky Arts (2013). With the Schola, he made a number of recordings on the Delphian label and appears as a soloist on the highly-acclaimed recording of Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” and “Solemn Vespers” as well as the Grammy nominated album, Handel's “L'Allegro, Penseroso ed il Moderato” with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort.
Since then, he has appeared in masterclasses with Sarah Connolly, James Gilchrist and Roderick Williams. Recent solo concert/oratorio engagements include; Handel’s “Messiah” at Nevill Holt Opera, Mozart’s “Requiem” at St. Martin in the Fields, his Debut Solo Recital at the Cheltenham Music Festival, 2nd Israelite/Officer in Handel’s “Esther” at Wigmore Hall with the London Handel Festival and Bach’s “B Minor Mass” at St. John Smith’s Square. In April, he will sing with the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment in Peter Sellars’ staging of Bach’s “St. John Passion”, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Operatic work includes Lucano in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Longborough Festival Opera, Chorus in Orfeo ed Euridice (LFO), Chorus/Post Office Clerk in Peter Maxwell-Davies’ “Kommilitonen” and English Officer in Steven McNeff’s “Hedd Wynn”, both with Welsh National Youth Opera.
Timothy Edlin started his musical training as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, before pursuing his education at the University of Manchester and then the Royal College of Music where he studied under Russell Smythe. To date, he has performed as a soloist within numerous prestigious venues including the Royal Festival Hall, The Wigmore Hall the King’s College Chapel, as well as live on BBC radio 3.
Operatic highlights include; “Officer & Arthur” from Peter Maxwell Davies’The Lighthouse (RCMIOS), “Caliban” from Jeremy Sams’ The Enchanted Island (BYO), “The Policeman, the Doctor, the Devil”from Weir’sThe Vanishing Bridegroom(BYO),“Bottom” from Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RCMIOS), “Teobaldo” from Handel's Faramondo (London Handel Festival), the “Parson & Badger” from Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (RCMIOS)and“Colline” from Puccini’s La Bohème(Euphonia Opera).
Timothy is an active oratorio and concert artist, which includes solo song recitals as part of the Deal Festival and the Lichfield Arts Festival. He has also recently performed with players of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and members on the Foyle Future First scheme, as part of their 2018 Stravinsky season.
Timothy would like to thank those who have supported him up to this point in his career, namely; the Kiri Te Kanawa foundation, Countess of Munster Charitable Trust, William Gibbs Religious & Educational Trust and The Janet & Michael Levesley Scholarship.
Harry Thatcher is a British baritone. He is a Betty Brenner Scholar and is supported by The Basil Coleman Opera Award, The Josephine Baker Trust and John Clemence at The Royal College of Music. Harry under the tutelage of Russell Smythe. On the concert platform Harry has performed with the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of Opera North in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Birmingham Symphony Hall. Operatic roles and scenes for The Royal College of Music International Opera School include Ernest Priester ‘Die Zauberflöte’ (Mozart), Billy Budd ‘Billy Budd’ (Britten), Taurquinius ‘The Rape of Lucretia’ (Britten), Demetrius ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Britten) and Frank ‘Die Fledermaus’ (Strauss). Harry has covered the role of Death ‘Savitri’ (Holst) and has sung Spencer Coyle in ‘Owen Wingrave’ (Britten) for British Youth Opera. Harry has sung Bello ‘La Fancuilla del West’ (Puccini) and Flemish deputy ‘Don Carlo’ (Verdi) and Starek ‘Jenufa’ (Janacek) for Grange Park Opera. Harry was a Somerset Song Competition finalist 2015 and Won the Basil A Turner prize 2017 for Spencer Coyle in Owen Wingrave (BYO). This summer has sang ‘Nardo’ ‘The Garden of Disguises’ (Mozart) for Ryedale Festival Opera.