Soloists for our next concert on 18th November

Beethoven Mass in C also -

Mozart: Regina Coeli (K108) and Mozart: Solemn Vespers (K339) incl the famous "Laudate Dominum"

on 18th November 2017 at The Church of St Peter and St Paul, South Petherton.



Sophie Gallagher (Soprano)

Sophie recently graduated from The College of Music, studying with David Rendall, Dinah Harris and Caroline Dowdle, making her international debut as 'Emmie' in Albert Herring for Firenze Maggio Musicale in May 2016 (Teatro Pergola) and for Opéra de Lausanne as 'First Witch' for The English Concert and Harry Bickett's production of Dido and Aeneas. For the 2017 summer season she revived the role of ‘Emmie’ for Buxton Opera and covered 'Giannetta' in New Generation Festival (Florence) for a production of 'Elisir d'Amore'. Other roles include 'Oberto' in Alcina for Ryedale Opera, ‘Papagena’ in Die Zauberflöte at The Norden Arts Theatre in London, 'Suor Genevieffa' cover and 'Novizia' for Prague Young Artists Programme at The Estates Theatre, 'Atalanta' in Xerses and Britten's Noye's Fludde as a 'Gossip' for Charles Hazlewood/Kneehigh Theatre Company.

As a former head chorister of Salisbury Cathedral and Wells Cathedral (Specialist Singer on the Dfes scheme) she is the South West music scholar for the English Speaking Union and a Josephine Baker Trust award holder. Recital and solo work includes Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate (Dorset Chamber Orchestra), Haydn's The Creation, Handel’s Messiah (Bristol Old Vic, National Portrait Gallery), Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Mozart's C Minor Mass, recitals further afield in Milan (Palazzo Serbelloni), Hong Kong (The Peninsula, The Foreign Correspondents Club, Academy of Performing Arts),Chilcott’s Requiem at last year’s Three Choirs Festival in Hereford, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle at Poole Lighthouse and Schutz' Christmas Oratorio at St John's Smith Square London.


Sarah Denbee (Alto)

Sarah grew up near Cheddar and is always delighted to be back performing in her home county! 

Having studied Music and Italian at the Universities of Bristol and Bologna, Sarah gained a Masters with Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She has been part of the Glyndebourne Opera Chorus for the past two years, and sang in the semi-chorus in the world premiere of Brett Dean's Hamlet this summer. She  has appeared in the chorus at the Royal Opera House and with Scottish Opera,  was a semi-finalist in the London Handel Festival’s Singing Competition, and has sung many diverse opera roles. She sings regularly with John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir, and has recently been a step-out soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include the role of the Witch in Hansel & Gretel and European tours as a soloist with the English Baroque Soloists next year. 


Ed Hastings (Tenor)

Originally a treble at Bath Abbey, Edmund sang at King’s College, Cambridge and New College, Oxford, going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Ryland Davies and Dominic Wheeler.

With an extensive performing repertory, encompassing the majority of the oratorio canon, Edmund began his concert career in 2008, singing Bach cantatas with Laurence Cummings at the Barbican. Since then, he has worked with many leading conductors, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Egarr, Paul McCreesh and René Jacobs, performing in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, The Chapel of Kings College, Cambridge, St George's Bristol and Saint John’s, Smith Square.

He has broadcast and recorded with many leading orchestras, including a BBC Radio 3 broadcast of the Bach Magnificat with the AAM and a recording of the Monteverdi Vespers with Fiori Musicali. Other UK highlights include Bach B Minor Mass with the Bristol Bach Choir, Bach St John Passion Evangelist with the choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge and Finzi Dies Natalis as part of the Dorking Vaughan Williams Festival.


Jake Muffett (Bass)

The English baritone and clarinettist, Jake Muffett, studied at The King's School Grantham (Class of 2011); He graduated from the University of York with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music (2011-2014) and holds an ABRSM Licentiateship in vocal performance. He is currently studying on the Artist Masters course in vocal performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London (2014-2016), where he receives vocal tuition from John Evans. His studies are generously supported by the Behrens Foundation, the Tillett Trust, the Grantham Music Club and Grantham Choral Society. In September 2016 he progressed to the Guildhall’s prestigious opera programme, and continue his studies with John Evans (2016-2018).

Recent roles of note include Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, and Sid in Britten's Albert Herring. His most recent operatic role was Noye in Britten's Noye’s Fludde conducted by John Lubbock in Oxford in October 2015.

As a soloist Jake Muffett is an experienced singer of the core oratorio repertoire including Handel's Messiah and Bach's Passions and Haydn’s The Creation, etc. He has appeared with choral societies in the Midlands and the North of England. He also has performed a great deal of contemporary solo and choral repertoire which include premieres of new compositions by PhD students and works by composers such as Michael Finnissy and Karlheinz Stockhausen, etc.

Jake Muffett has previously been a member of the Genesis Sixteen choral training programme run by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan. Having recently completed his apprenticeship with the Monteverdi Choir he now sings with them as a regular member and appears with the group in concerts across Europe and America.














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