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Robert studied at the Royal Northern College of Music as an organist and singer and at the Royal College of Music as a singer. After graduating he began his career as a tenor singing with Kent Opera, Opera Northern Ireland, Opera Sicily, Voltface in Paris and at the Camden Festival London and Opera Bordeaux. He gave recitals for the British Council in Istanbul and Bordeaux. He has performed with the London Pops Orchestra at the Albert Hall. He was organist of St Cyprian’s Regents Park where he with the pianist Geoffrey Parsons and Radio 3 controller John Evans started Music at St Cyprian’s. He then went on to be Director of Music at St John’s Wood Church for 12 years, where he had a professional octet. As a singing teacher he has been head of the Urdang Academy, Elmhurst College of Performing Art and The Centre for Performing Arts. He is now a lecturer at the London College of Music and is the musical theatre singing teacher at the Royal Holloway, University of London.
Nick Miller is a London-based organist, pianist and teacher. He is currently Musician-in-Residence at Eltham College and Organist at St John's, Hyde Park. In December 2014, he graduated with Merit having completed an MMus in organ performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he won both of the Conservatoire's organ prizes, the Cardnell Prize and the Geoffrey Singleton Organ Prize.
Eleanor Sanderson-Nash was born in 1992 and is from East Sussex. After playing piano, flute and cello at a young age she finally discovered that singing was her talent. After originally planning to study Classics at university, and working as an assistant for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in her gap year, singing was a relatively late discovery for her. Eleanor was a music scholar and recipient of the John Raynor Fund at Cranbrook School, and in 2010 she successfully auditioned at the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Deborah Rees. Eleanor graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in July 2015. She is now studying for her Masters of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Janis Kelly, where she is an RCM Award Holder supported by a Martin Harris Award and a Charles Branchini Award, and also receives support from Friends of Music in Mayfield, The Tom Cocklin Memorial Trust and The Lake House Charitable Foundation.
In opera and opera scenes, Eleanor has thoroughly enjoyed playing varying roles including Nanetta (Falstaff, Verdi), Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte, Mozart), Nadia (Killer Graphics, Samuel Hall), Ida (cover) (Die Fledermaus, Strauss) Cobweb (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Britten), Miss Ellen (Lakme, Delibes), Dodo (The Merry Widow, Lehar), April (Company, Sondheim) and Elisetta (Il Matrimonio Segreto, Cimarosa) during her time at RCM and RNCM.
In November 2015 Eleanor was asked to perform at Charles Kennedy's memorial service at St George's Cathedral, where she sang in front of the Prime Minister David Cameron, and other important political figures. As a soloist, Eleanor has performed by with the London Orpheus Choir at St James’ Piccadilly and by kind invitation at the Chester Music Festival accompanied by the RNCM Vocal Consort and instrumentalists from Ensemble DEVA. Recently Eleanor completed the Oxenfoord International Summer School where she worked with Malcolm Martineau, Jacquie Crago and Linda Ormiston. Eleanor has also sung in masterclasses with Dame Ann Murray, Alice Coote, Joan Rodgers CBE, Sylvia Schwartz, Sir John Tomlinson, Linda Richardson and Amanda Roocroft.
Verity Bramson is a British soprano currently completing her postgraduate studies under the tutelage of Sophie Grimmer and Helen Yorke at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. Originally from Malvern, Worcestershire, she gained an honours degree in Music from Cambridge University where she was also a choral scholar and regular soloist with the Choir of Sidney Sussex College.
Recent operatic roles include Female Ensemble in the world premiere of Stephen McNeff’s Banished for Trinity Laban Opera directed by Elaine Kidd and conducted by Jessica Cottis, Zerlina Don Giovanni and Tatyana Eugene Onegin for Trinity Laban Opera Scenes directed by James Hurley and Stuart Barker, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier (extract) in concert with Puzzlepiece Opera and Andrea Jerry Springer: The Opera with Cambridge University Opera Society. She has also appeared in The Marriage of Figaro (CUOS), The Pirates of Penzance (Minack Theatre) and Rachmaninov’s Aleko (St. John’s Smith Square).
An avid recitalist and chamber musician, recent performances include Britten’s Les Illuminations with new conductorless string ensemble, London Meridian Players, as well as Previn’s Four Songs for Soprano, ‘cello and piano and Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on poems by Alexander Blok with the award winning Tamèsis Piano Trio. Recent oratorio performances include Handel’s Messiah at St Botolph-without-Aldgate, and a one-to-a-part performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion at St George’s Church, Bloomsbury.
Verity has participated in masterclasses with Ubaldo Fabbri, Richard Berkeley-Steele, Dr Ron Morris, Veronica Veysey Campbell, Ghislaine Morgan, and Ashley Stafford.
Equally sought after as a choral singer, Verity sings with contemporary music ensemble Rubythroat and the Portrait Choir, choir in residence at the National Portrait Gallery. She is delighted to be taking up a scholarship at St John’s Hyde Park for 2016/17.
Originally from Somerset, Claire Barnett-Jones had an unusual introduction to classical singing. She was a violist and saxophonist, and thought this was the path she was heading for, until she realised she had an allergy to practising scales. She always loved singing and started in a Ladies Barbershop Chorus at the age of 8. At 16 she started lessons and more classical groups which lead her to Birmingham Conservatoire for undergraduate studies and a Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music, where she is currently a member of Royal Academy Opera, studying with Yvonne Howard, Sarah Walker and Audrey Hyland. She is a Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Soloist, and a member of Academy Song Circle.
On the operatic stage Claire’s repertoire includes such roles as Mrs Paskova (The Cunning Little Vixen), Emma Jones (Street Scene), Zita (Gianni Schicchi) and Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) and for RAO she has also performed La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Baba the Turk (The Rake's Progress), Hexe (Hansel und Gretel) and HRH The Grand Duchess of Monteblanco (The Dinner Engagement). Recent roles outside of RAO have been Gertrude and cover La Mere (Louise) for Buxton Festival, creating the role of ‘Alto 1’ in Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht with Birmingham Opera Company and Maurya (Riders to the Sea) for British Youth Opera where she was awarded the Basil A Turner Prize for her performance.
Claire’s performances on the concert and recital platform have to led to solo engagements at the Royal Albert Hall for the 2013 BBC Proms, St Martin in the Fields and St John’s, Smith Square. Claire will be performing as Alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra of Valencia this Christmas and will be making her Wigmore Hall and Leeds Lieder Festival Debut with the Academy in 2016
Claire has had much success in competitions, including winning the Cecil Drew Prize for Oratorio, the Leamington Festival Music Prize, the Town Hall Symphony Hall Recital Prize and the Mario Lanza Opera Prize.
Her studies on RAO are generously supported by the Headley Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Bishop Foxes Foundation, The William Gibbs Foundation, the Winship Foundation, and the May Gibson Charitable Trust.
In her spare time, Claire is still involved in Barbershop Music as an international judge, and as the director of the National Youth Chorus. She also enjoys sewing and baking, and the odd glass of red wine or gin and tonic.
Katie is a mezzo-soprano from Perthshire and is currently studying at the Royal College of Music International Opera School with Tim Evans-Jones. She is an RCM Scholar and is generously supported by the Countess of Munster Trust, the Cross Trust, a Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Award and the Josephine Baker Trust. After achieving First Class Honours in History and Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, Katie continued her studies at the Royal College of Music where she graduated with a Masters of Performance with Distinction.
Recent roles for RCMIOS include Nancy for Liam Steele's Albert Herring, Zweiter Knabe Die Zauberflöte, (Jean-Claude Auvray) and L’Écureuil and La Chatte L’enfant et les sortilèges (James Bonas). Other roles include The Fox The Cunnning Little Vixen, 3rd Singing Apple The Little Green Swallow (BYO), Hänsel, Le Prince Charmant, (Opera Holloway) and Stephano (Opera Bearwood). In scenes Katie has performed the roles of Cenerentola, Dorabella, Tisbe, created the role of The Reader for Josephine Stephenson’s chamber opera, On False Perspective as part of RCM ‘Hogarth’s Stages’, was female cover for Iain Burnside's Journeying Boys and has worked with Simon Butteriss in a staged production of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Shoenberg's Brettl Lieder (RCM Britten Theatre).
Upcoming performances include the role of Prince Orlofsky for The Royal College of Music International Opera School’s Christmas production of Die Fledermaus.
Brazilian tenor Wagner Moreira is a member of the Royal Academy Opera Programme where he studies with Ryland Davies and Iain Ledingham. He obtained a BMus degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and a MA degree with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle.
He received 1st Prize in the 10th Villa-Lobos National Contest, was a prize winner in the 1st Young Soloists of the Symphonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais Contest and in the 9th Bidu Sayão International Singing Contest. During his Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music he was awarded 2nd Prize at the Schumann Lieder Competition.
Wagner has performed excerpts from L`elisir d`amore, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and Il barbiere di Siviglia. His oratorio repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Beethoven`s Mass in C major, Haydn`s Nelson Mass and Handel`s Messiah. Wagner is also a keen recitalist and has a particular interest in performing Lieder repertoire as well as South American art songs.
During the 2016-17 season Wagner will make his debut with the Orchestra of St John's singing Mozart and Grieg. He will perform Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s St John’s Passion with the Hastings Philharmonic Choir. He is particularly looking forward to singing Pluton in the Royal Academy Opera’s production of Orphée aux enfers by Offenbach at the Hackney Empire.
Wagner is extremely grateful for the generous support of the Santander Universities UK Scholarship, Donald Graham Scholarship, Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust and Josephine Baker Trust.
The English tenor, Kieran White, studied at Wells Cathedral School and is currently studying his Masters at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Neil Mackie and Iain Ledingham. He is a Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Soloist.
Formerly Kieran was a chorister at Wells Cathedral. While singing as a treble Kieran attained a place as one of the four finalists in BBC Radio 2’s Young Chorister of the Year two years running. In his last year as a chorister Kieran sang on the boys production of Britten’s Missa Brevis as the featured soloist.
He enjoys performing on the concert platform and highlights include Benjamin Britten’s A Birthday Hansel, Tenor and Harp at the Royal Academy of Music and Ian Venables On the Wings of Love, Tenor, Piano and Clarinet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Kieran is passionate about baroque music and particularly Bach’s Evangelist. He has performed Bach’s St John Passion in the chapel at King’s College London and Bach’s St Matthew Passion in St John’s Waterloo for Morley College, Bach’s Cantata 62 & 63 and Rachmaninov’s Vespers in Glasgow Cathedral, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Monteverdi Vespers and David Brigg’s Requiem and Charpentier’s Te deum in Truro Cathedral, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in City Halls Glasgow, Handel’s Messiah in Trinity College Dublin.
On the operatic platform roles include Renaud in Armide by Lully with Woodhouse Opera, Florville in Il Signor Bruschino, Bertrando in L’inganno Felice and Edoardo in La Cambiale di Matrimonio by Rossini with Raucous Rossini, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart with Opera dei Lumi, Alfredo in Die Fledermaus by Strauss with Edinburgh Studio Opera, Steuermann in Der Fliegende Höllander by Wagner with Focus Opera, Corridon in Acis and Galatea by Handel with Music of the Spheres and Glasgow Opera conducted by John Butt. He has also sung in the Chorus at Dorset Opera appearing in seven years of productions.
Kieran is very grateful for the support from the Kathleen Trust, Sir Richard Stapeley Trust, William Gibbs Trust, the Sherborne Music Festival and Dr. Simon Groves
JULIEN VAN MELLAERTS
New Zealand baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts, is in his second year of the RCM International Opera School studying with Dinah Harris as a Fishmongers’ Company Scholar supported by a Toeman Weinberger Award. In July 2015, Julien graduated from The Royal College of Music with a Masters of Performance with Distinction. Before moving to London, to continue his studies, Julien studied music (under Terence Dennis and Flora Edwards) and languages at the University of Otago, NZ.
Julien has been awarded the Kiwi Music Scholarship for 2016, administered by Universities New Zealand, he has recently won the 2016 Joan Chissell Schumann Song Prize, the 2016 Brooks-Van Der Pump English Song Competition, was a finalist in the 2016 Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artist Competition and winner of the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards at the Wigmore Hall. With duo partner, Somi Kim, they recently competed in the International Vocalisten Concours ‘sHertogenbosch, in the Netherlands, where they were semi finalists.
Julien has appeared in recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival, London Song Festival, Ryedale Festival, St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, the premiere of a song cycle by Lewis Murphy at New Zealand House, and Schubert's Die Winterreise with Roger Vignoles. Upcoming recitals and performances include: Messiah and St John Passion with Orchestra of St Johns; Concert series in Beirut with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra with the Peace and Prosperity Trust this December; Baritone soloist for Carmina Burana at Snape Maltings as part of the Aldeburgh Festival; St Matthew Passion with Sheffield Choral Society.
Operatic roles include: Gabriel von Eisenstein, Die Fledermaus; Mr Gedge, Albert Herring; Monsù Traversen, La Gazzetta (RCMIOS); Danilo, The Merry Widow (Ryedale Festival); Aeneas, Dido and Aeneas (Cheltenham Bach Choir). This summer, Julien performed the role of Schaunard in La Bohème for Opera Holland Park, as a Christine Collins Young Artist. This Autumn, Julien will play the role of Nardo in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera at the RCMIOS.
He is grateful for the continued support of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Hunn Trust, John Wates, the Josephine Baker Trust, and the Peace and Prosperity Trust, with whom he is also a young artist
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Belfast-born Bass-Baritone Timothy Murphy read Music at Bristol University and having completed his Masters on the Vocal Performance course at the Royal Academy of Music, he has received a full scholarship to study for two further years on the Opera Course. He is currently studying with Mark Wildman and Audrey Hyland, is a RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Scholar, and was the winner of the 2014 Michael Head Prize for English Song.
Before focussing on his studies as a solo singer, Timothy enjoyed a successful choral career touring and recording with groups such as Stile Antico, Platinum Consort, The Brabant Ensemble, The Cardinall’s Musick, The Eric Whitacre Singers and The Sixteen.
Operatic highlights to date include creating the role of ‘Bass 3’ in the world premier of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht with Birmingham Opera Company and again later at the BBC Proms, and joining the 2015 Glyndebourne Chorus for their productions of Donizetti’s Poliuto and Bizet’s Carmen. This year he will be performing with Royal Academy Opera the roles of Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, the Mayor in May Night by Rimsky-Korsakov and Seneca in Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea.
As well as exploring the world of opera, Timothy is able to perform in oratorios around the UK and Europe. Recent solo engagements include Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem, Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat.
Timothy has been a recipient of a bursary from The Opera Awards Foundation and has received generous support from the William Gibbs Religious And Educational Trust, The Josephine Baker Trust and Kathleen Trust. Timothy’s passion for music is accompanied by a great enthusiasm for tennis and bookbinding.