Concert details -Saturday 30th JuneThe Festival Chorus

We look forward to welcoming you to our Summer concert next Saturday the 30th June, 7.30pm,  St Luke’s Church, Ramsden Road, Sw12. The concert is a program of Britten – Rejoice in the Lamb, Hayden’s Harmonie Messe and our 40th Anniversary commission, Colin Matthews’ Voices of the Air. We are also lucky enough to have a guest conductor for this concert and some fantastic soloists. Below are their biographies.


 David Hill, Guest Conductor.  Renowned for his fine musician-ship, David is widely respected as both a choral and orchestral conductor.  His talent has been recognised by his appointments as Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Music Director of the Leeds Philharmonic Society, Associate Guest Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Principal Consuctor of Yale Schola Cantorum.  He was the Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers from September 2007 to September 2017.  

Born in Carlisle in 1957, David was educated at Chetham’s School of Music as a violinist and pianist, where he led the school orchestra.  He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 17 and won an organ scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge.  His previous posts have included Master of Music at Winchester Cathedral (1987-2002) and Westminster Cathedral (1982-87), Associate Conductor and then Artistic Director of the Philharmonia Chorus (1986-97), Music Director of the Waynflete Singers (1987-2002) and Dirctor of Music at St John’s College, Cambridge (2003-07).

David’s engagements in the 2017-18 season include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Copenhagen Philharmonic and Haydn’s Creation with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 

 Katy Hill, Soprano. Katy first sang as a young member of the choir here at St Luke’s.  Following her time as a choral scholar and music student at Gonville and Cauis College, Cambridge, she began a varied and vibrant career, performing and recording with leading ensembles including The Monteverdi Choir, the Tallis Scholars and Tenebrae.  Singing has taken her all over the world, usually performing music of the baroque and early classical periods, but also that of more recent composers; notably Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Colin Matthews and James Macmillan.

 Past highlights have included Bizet’s Carmen in the Toreador’s home town of Granada, Bach in St Thomas’, Leipzig, yards from where the great man lies buried, Handel’s Dixit Dominus for royalty in Buckingham Palace, and working on film soundtracks for the most recent Bond and Star Wars films.  Occasional forays into the world of opera have been at Covent Garden, the Opéra Comique in Paris and the Aix en Provence Festival. 

 More recent engagements include performances of Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri at the Wigmore Hall, and Fretwork, a U.K. tour  devoted to Bach’s motets (both with The Sixteen); also, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Suzuki and the OAE.  Future engagements will take Katy to France, Spain, Italy and Holland as well as Estonia and China, whilst back at home her work will involve performing and making further recordings of music by Poulenc, Purcell and Monteverdi.  Katy lives in Tooting with composer husband Chris, two small sons and their cat called Geoffrey.

 Anna Harvey, Mezzo-Soprano.  Anna’s engagements in the 2017/18 season have included Orlofsky Die Fledermaus and Octavian Der Rosenkavalier (cover) at Welsh National Opera, where she is an Associate Artist and recipient of the Chris Ball Bursary.  In concert, she has appeared with the Gabrieli Consort, Arcangelo, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Choir, the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, and at the Al Bustan and Three Choirs Festivals.

Anna’s engagements last season included house debuts at Theater Chemnitz (Goffredo Rinaldo); the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (Zulma L’Italiana in Algeri; Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte; Groom/Theater-gardrobiere/Gymnasiast Lulu; Kay Die Schneekönigin); Landestheater Altenburg (Mayor’s Wife Jen?fa); and Theater Nordhausen (Page Salome).  She appeared at the Last Night of the BBC Proms in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, performed Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday at the Royal Albert Hall and took part in the Verbier Festival Academy in both the opera and Lied/art song categories, and in the main festival’s Elektra with Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Anna studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham, where she won the English and Russian Song Prizes and the Fordyce and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Scholarships.  She graduated with the Alumni Development Award for a singularly distinguished studentship.  She won a Leonard Ingrams Foundation Award from Garsington Opera in 2014, the London Bach Society Bach Singers Prize in 2015 and the Oratorio and Audience Prizes at the Final of the International Vocal Competition, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, in 2017.

 Ruairi Bowen, Tenor, began his musical education as a chorister at St Davids and St Paul’s Cathedrals.  He spent a term singing with the choir of St Thomas Church 5th Avenue, New York before taking up a choral scholarship at King’s College, Cambridge, where he took part in masterclasses with Ann Murray and Justin Lavender.

?Recent engagements include several acclaimed Evangelists in Bach’s Johannes– & Matthäus-Passion, with John Eliot Gardiner and The English Baroque Soloists including performances at the Barbican Centre, Chapelle Royale Versailles and Musikverein Vienna; Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Esterházy Chamber Choir & London Mozart Players; Bach’s Messe in h-moll with both English Touring Opera and Vasari Singers/Brandenburg Sinfonia; Mozart’s Requiem with Instruments of Time & Truth at Keble College Early Music Festival; Britten Saint Nicolas; Handel’s Messiah at Händel-Festspiele Halle and the Cathedral of All Saints, Albany NY; Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Covent Garden Sinfonia/Ben Palmer; and a recital of Anglo-Welsh song on Themes of Innocence and Experience, featuring Tippett’s Cantata Boyhoods End. 

Future engagements include further performances of Johannes-Passion with Solomon’s Knot at Wigmore Hall and Nikolaikirche Leipzig and Monteverdi’s Vespers at the Three Choirs Festival.  Ruairi sings regularly at Westminster Cathedral and maintains a busy concert and recording schedule with the Monteverdi Choir, the Gabrieli Consort, Alamire and the Eric Whitacre Singers. He continues his vocal studies with Susan Roberts and Caroline Dowdle.

Ruairi volunteers for the Refugee Council and sits on the committee of ‘Faire is the XI’, a cricket team comprising former choristers which plays in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

 Robert Davies, Baritone, studied at the University of Sheffield and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before embarking on a solo career, both on the opera stage and concert platform.   Awarded the Erich Viertheer Memorial Award at Glyndebourne in 2003, Robert went on to appear as Mr Gedge, Albert Herring; Marcello, La bohème; Count, Le Nozze de Figaro and Falke, Die Fledermaus.  Other roles have included Figaro; Rigoletto; Zurga, The Pearl Fishers; Don Alfonso, Cosi fan tutte; Demetrius, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream; Papageno, Magic Flute; Ned Keene, Peter Grimes; Chef Grec, Les Troyens; Ottokar, Der Freischutz; Leone, Tamerlano; Dancaïre, Carmen; and Schaunard, La bohème.  He has also performed under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Mark Elder, Vladimir Jurowski and Robin Ticciati. 

Robert’s recordings include Monteverdi, Vespers; Bach, St John Passion (plus a world première broadcast and recording in Welsh); Handel, Esther; Haydn, The Creation, and Purcell, Dido and Aeneas.  Known for excelling in a wide range of repertoire, Robert’s performances include the world première of Blitz Requiem in St Paul’s Cathedral with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; the 50th Anniversary Monteverdi Vespers in Kings College, Cambridge; Bach Mass in B Minor in the Duomo, Pisa; Orff, Carmina Burana at the Barbican, London; Brahms Requiem in Worcester, Westminster and Coventry Cathedrals; Mozart, Mass in C Minor in St David’s Hall, Cardiff; Bach, St John Passion in St John’s, Smith Square; Haydn The Creation in Cadogan Hall; Bach, St Matthew Passion tour in Holland; Handel, Messiah in Australia and the USA; and Purcell, King Arthur, in Amsterdam (live broadcast).



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