Soprano – Helen Bailey
Helen appears regularly with several choral societies across the country including Bromley Oecumenical singers, Ember Choral Society, Sutton Valence Choral Society, Botley Choral Society, and The Seventy Singers.
In addition to her concert engagements, Helen performs regularly in staged opera productions. Operatic roles include Véronique (Le Docteur Miracle, Pop-Up Opera), Pamina (The Magic Flute, Ryedale Festival Opera), Elisetta (The Secret Marriage, British Youth Opera), Rosina (La Vera Costanza, Royal Academy Opera, conducted by Trevor Pinnock CBE), and the title role of Susannah (Hamstead Garden Opera). During 2015, Helen will make her debut with Operaview and Buxton Festival Opera.
Please see http://www.helenbailey.org/ for more information about Helen’s upcoming performances.
During her studies at the Royal Academy, Fiona was generously supported by the Sickle Foundation, and was also a Bach Cantata Kohn scholar and a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle.Fiona recently made her principal debut with Opera Holland Park as Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw. Other recent highlights include singing the roles of Maman and La Libellule in a concert performance of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Stephane Denève and the BBC symphony orchestra, Rosina in Haydn’s La Vera Costanza conducted byTrevor Pinnock and Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin conducted by Jane Glover. She also performed the alto solos in Bach’s Magnificat at St John Smith Square and in the St John Passion at St Martin-in-the-fields.Other operatic roles include Second and Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Popova in Walton’s the Bear, Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Maurya in Riders to the Sea, conducted by Peter Robinson, Ursule in Béatrice et Bénédict, conducted by Sir Colin Davis, and Lady Bertram in the London première production of Dove’s Mansfield Park.Fiona’s solo concert work has included performances at the Spitalfields, Dartington, York and Bath Music Festivals, on BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, and with the City of London Sinfonia, Thames Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. Her oratorio repertoire includes Elgar Sea Pictures, Verdi Requiem and Handel Messiah.Upcoming performances include Durufle Requiem in King’s College Chapel, and the role of La Badessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica for Opera Holland Park.
Having spent his former years as variously Choral and Organ Scholars at Newport Cathedral, Monmouth School, and Wells Cathedral, Andrew arrived at Oxford in 2009, singing as an Academical Clerk in Magdalen College Choir, while studying for an undergraduate degree in Music, in which he achieved First Class honours. From there, he spent two years at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, before taking up his current place in Winchester Cathedral.Andrew is in frequent demand as a soloist; recent engagements have included Stainer’s Crucifixion, Schubert’s Winterreise, the roles of First Priest and First Armed Man in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Hyllus in Handel’s Hercules. Besides singing, Andrew can regularly be heard as an accompanist, both on the organ, and as a pianist, recently for recitals of Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Britten’s Winter Words.
In his spare time, Andrew is an avid sports fan, particularly following the fortunes of Chelsea, Welsh Rugby and any sort of cricket.
Bass – Andrew De Silva
Andrew was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1983. At the age of eight, Andrew was accepted into the Peterborough Cathedral Choir under the direction of Christopher Gower, during which time he boarded and studied at The King’s School, Peterborough. Throughout his time as a chorister and subsequently as Head Chorister, he appeared in concerts, television and radio broadcasts and on CDs, both in the choir and as a soloist.
Andrew’s studies led him to read Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. During his time there, he was a bass Choral Scholar for the Chapel Choir, in addition to singing for both Rochester and Canterbury Cathedral choirs.
Having successfully completed his degree, Andrew moved back to Peterborough to take up his position as a Bass Lay Clerk in the Cathedral (under both Christopher Gower and Andrew Reid), and to begin his teaching career in a Primary School in the city, soon becoming a Deputy Headteacher. He also recorded several CDs with Peterborough Cathedral Choir, in addition to television and radio broadcasts, and has been on several tours to a variety of European destinations.
Since September 2009, Andrew has sung as a Bass Lay Clerk for Winchester Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Andrew Lumsden, with whom he has recorded various CDs, broadcast live on BBC1 television and been part of the regular round of concerts and tours. Recently, Andrew recorded the Baritone solos from Faure’s Requiem for broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Good Friday.
Andrew has studied singing with Stephen Roberts and Nicholas Powell, and has sung solos in concerts for numerous choral societies, in works including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Bach’s St John Passion, Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria to name but a few. He has also enjoyed performing as a soloist in venues across the UK, including Birmingham Symphony Hall, and has performed with many renowned orchestras, most recently with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
In his ‘spare’ time, Andrew also enjoys singing with Manners Makyth Man, a quartet of present and former Lay Clerks from Winchester Cathedral, specialising in polyphony and close harmony arrangements of popular songs.