Rossini Petite messe solennelle
7.30 PM, SATURDAY 11th May 2019, ST BERNARD'S CATHOLIC GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Miriam Allan, Soprano
Gramophone describes Miriam Allan’s singing as ‘enchanting’ and ‘impressive’, with audiences around the world engaged by her honesty and ‘depictions of sublime hope’ in places of darkness and sorrow.
She has been fortunate to work with many of the finest directors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, William Christie, Laurence Cummings and Nicholas Collon.
Kate Symonds-Joy, Mezzo Soprano
Kate graduated with a First Class music degree from Cambridge University and a DipRAM from the Royal Academy Opera Course.
Kate teaches the choral scholars of both Gonville and Caius College and St John’s Voices, Cambridge. Future projects include Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, 1st Witch with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican, a return to Carmen this time in Wandsworth Prison, and Bach’s St John Passion with Solomon’s Knot in Wigmore Hall.
Ben Thapa, Tenor
Ben’s first professional break came as one quarter of the classical crossover group G4. In 2018 Ben left the group and continues to forge a career as a soloist.
Current and forthcoming highlights include Monostatos Die Zauberflöte (Opera de Bauge), Haydn Creation (Royal Hall, Harrogate), Schubert’s Winterreise, Warlock’s On Wenlock Edge in Oslo, Beethoven 9th Symphony (St. John’s, Smith Square), and Handel Messiah with the Black Dyke Band.
Richard Bannan, Bass
Richard is an English baritone, music teacher, conductor and arranger, who began singing at an early age as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral. More recently, he studied music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar.
He now sings regularly with ensembles such as the Monteverdi Choir (Director: John Eliot Gardiner), Polyphony (Director: Stephen Layton) and the BBC Singers in addition to working extensively as a singing teacher, arranger and serving as conductor of the Yateley Choral Society. In September 2014, he joined the Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, as a Lay-Clerk