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On Saturday 10th March 2018, two of the BCF choirs, the Brentwood Choral Society and the Ingatestne Choral Society, together with the Brentwood Cathedral Choristers, performed two works, one composed by the master of opera, Rossini, and one by the classical composer Haydn. Descriptions of these two works, and profiles of the two composers, are given in pages accessible through links on the menu bar immediately below this text. In the descriptions of the two works you will read how both these masters needed to scale down their style to suit circumstances of the time - Haydn because of changes in public musical taste and Rossini because, in his semi-retirement, he was composing for a smaller group of friends and musical associates, using limited resources. Organ solos and opera arias were also performed by George Inscoe and members of the soloist group. Further down this page you will find information on the performers and the welcome statement from our Chair.
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Welcome to the 2018 Brentwood Choirs Festival!
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Brentwood Cathedral tonight for this Brentwood Choirs Festival concert. The Festival provides an important opportunity every two years for local choirs to collaborate, often to perform works that might be beyond the scale or scope of individual choirs. This is its 16th concert since its foundation in 1991 and is the first time Rossini’s charming Petite messe solennelle has appeared in one of its programmes. It is also a first time for Haydn’s rumbustious motet Insanæ et vanæ curæ, always a favourite with choirs who often refer to it as “Insane and vain curates” – not that I am suggesting we have ever had any of those at the Cathedral. One of the interesting features of the Petite messe solennelle is that it featuresa harmonium, an instrument popular in the 19th century before electricity but which rarely gets an outing today. The instrument we are using today has been kindly loaned to us by Shenfield Parish Church. Despite its modest appearance it has an impressive pedigree, having appeared at various London venues, including St John’s Smith Square.
Much has been written recently about the physical and mental benefits of choral singing. Those of us fortunate enough to come to it as children have had our lives enriched by the wonderful experience of joining with others to produce great music. Brentwood is fortunate in having many fine choirs for people of all ages and embracing a variety of musical genres. They are all friendly and welcoming and so if you are interested in taking up or returning to choral singing please get in touch with one of them. Contact details for all the choirs can be found on our website – www.brentwoodchoirs.org.uk.
Chair, Brentwood Choirs Festival.
Charlotte is a London based soprano who recently completed her undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music.
Her recent engagements have included Mozart Exultate Jubilate, Haydn The Creation, Bach St John Passion and Magnificat, Handel Messiah and Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, Mozart Requiem, Rossini Stabat Mater, and Mahler Symphony No. 4.
While studying, Charlotte regularly performed as a soloist in the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. She sang in the final concert of the Oxford Lieder Festival’s Schubert Project, alongside Sarah Walker and she was recently awarded First Prizes in both the Michael Head Song Prize and the Marjorie Thomas Art of Song Prize.
Her Future engagements will include Haydn The Creation at the Barnes Festival and the title role in Semele at Wimpole Hall in July. She is delighted to be a Britten-Pears young artist for 2017-18 and to be studying the role of Theodora with Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn culminating in a performance at Snape Maltings at the end of March. Charlotte will be taking up a place to study on the Masters course at the Royal College of Music in September 2018.
Chloë is a Kentish mezzo-soprano who trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she recently completed the opera course. She also holds an MMus with Distinction and a BMus (Hons) First Class from the Guildhall School.
Chloë’s opera credits include cover Tisbe Rossini La Cenerentola (Scottish Opera), La Suor Infermiera Puccini Suor Angelica (Opera Holland Park (OHP)), Rosina Rossini Il Barbiere di Sivigli(OHP Christine Collins Young Artist), Radamisto Handel Radamisto, Philomène Martinu Alexandre Bis, Neighbour Stravinsky Mavra, Laura Tchaikovsky Iolanta, and creating the roles of Signora Fruili, Mandrake, and Rosina for the world premiere of The Tale of Januarie by Julian Philips (all Guildhall School). Chloë was also involved in the critically acclaimed ‘Grimes on the Beach’ production of Britten Peter Grimes in association with Opera North and the Aldeburgh Festival.
A keen recitalist, Chloë was a finalist in the 2016 Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artist Platform, and was subsequently invited to present a recital with Gold Medal winning harpist Oliver Wass in the Ashmoelan Museum. Chloë has performed recitals in major London venues, including a recital of Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch at Barbican Hall, a performance of contemporary works at the Wigmore Hall, and a recital of Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen at LSO St. Luke’s. An alumna of the Franz- Schubert-Institut in Baden-bei-Wein, Austria, Chloë has participated in public master classes with renowned interpreters of song, such as Ann Murray, Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, and Robert Holl.
James holds both a BMus (Hons) and MMus in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he is now completing a PhD in Choral Blend.
As a singer, James has performed the roles of Familiari (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Servant 1 (Bethrothal in a Monestary), Das Jüngling (Das Paradise und die Perrimann), Apparatoin of a Youth (Die Frau Ohne Schatten), and Mr Box (Cox and Box). He has also been involved as Chorus with the Royal Conservatoire, Scottish Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, and the Edinburgh International Festival.
A keen oratorio soloist, James has performed as a featured soloist with Dundee University Symphony Orchestra, Brentwood Choral Society, Cleavland Philharmonic Choir, Angus Choral Society, Huchesons Choral, Bearsden Choir, and Les Noces in collaboration with the RSNO and RCS. He is also a noted conductor,working extensively with the RCS, Glasgow Cathedral, and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.
Angus is a British baritone and Masters graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Alex Ashworth and Jonathan Papp.
A former head chorister at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and a choral scholar under David Trendell at King’s College, London, Angus is in demand both as a soloist and with some of Europe’s leading ensembles. His more recent solo engagements have included Bach’s Johannes Passion with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and the Matthäus Passion and Monteverdi’s Vespers with the Armonico Consort, while he performed with Britten Sinfonia Voices at the new Elbphilarmonie in Hamburg. Future engagements include Dvořak’s Biblical Songs with orchestra and his grade 1 clarinet exam.
Angus is an avid rugby fan and, in his spare time, enjoys taking the family yellow Labrador and Springador puppy for long walks.
Ashley is a London-based pianist and conductor, currently on the répétiteur course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, generously supported by The Worshipful Company
of Goldsmiths. He previously graduated from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance with first-class honours, studying with Eugene Asti. At Trinity Laban, he was awarded
the David Gosling Prize for excellence in accompaniment, the Alan J Kirkby Conducting Prize, the Charles Proctor Prize for Choral Conducting and was the winner of the English Song and German Lieder competitions. At Guildhall, Ashley and soprano Madison Nonoa-Horsefield were highly commended in the GSMD English Song Award 2017.
Ashley is the répétiteur for the Glyndebourne Youth Opera programme, where he has worked on four world-premieres for the main stage. He has also worked on productions with Blackheath Halls Opera, Trinity Laban College Opera, Guildhall Opera School, Shannon Music Festival in Ireland, PuzzlePiece Opera and Matchbox Opera.
His upcoming highlights include répétiteur for Dialogues des Carmélites (GSMD Opera School), A Dinner Engagement (GSMD Opera School) musical director for Mansfield Park (Waterperry Opera Festival) and assistant conductor for the GSMD Opera Makers 2018.
Ashley is the assistant conductor for the Royal Opera House Community Chorus in Thurrock, an associate artist with the Royal Opera House Youth Opera Company and pianist for the Music Makers of London Choir. Alongside a busy performing schedule, Ashley works with a number of leading organisations, charities and choirs across the country getting thousands of young people and communities into singing every year. www.ashleybeauchamp.com
George is the Organ Scholar at Norwich Cathedral, having previously held the same position at both the Temple Church and St Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace in London.
His musical career began as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. He began taking organ lessons with Dr David Flood in 2008 having already been studying piano since 2003. He is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he was a scholarship student, studying with Susan Landale, and latterly with Bine Bryndorf in Copenhagen.
While at the academy, George won prizes for performance and academic achievement and performed in numerous concerts as part of the renowned Bach Cantata series and Widor Organ Symphonies series. During his four years in London, George performed with the London Mozart players in Cadogan Hall, the City of London Sinfonia in St Paul’s Cathedral and appeared on stage at the Royal Festival Hall.
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