Bach and Handel by Candlelight
Purcell – Trumpet overture (from ‘The Indian Queen’)
Purcell – Chaconne in G minor
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Telemann – Ouverture des Nations Anciens et Modernes
Handel – Gloria
Handel – Rejoice Greatly from Messiah
Handel – Heart the seat of soft delight from Acis and Galatea
Mozart – Divertimento in F, K138 “Salzburg Symphony No. 3″
Bach – Jauchzet Gott in alle Landen, BWV 51
Catrin Woodruff Soprano
Paul Archibald Trumpet
Andrew Earis Director
Welsh soprano Catrin Woodruff has recently completed with distinction her postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Louise Winter. She previously completed a BA in Music with First Class honours from the University of York, where she studied with Lynne Dawson and Rachel Nicholls. She has been fortunate to receive additional tuition and coaching from such renowned musicians as Dame Felicity Lott, David Owen Norris, John Fisher, Peter Seymour, Roger Hamilton, Dame Emma Kirkby and Malcolm Martineau. During her studies, Catrin won numerous awards, and in 2013 was chosen as a finalist for the prestigious W.Towyn Roberts Scholarship Prize at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. In 2012 and 2014 she was the recipient of the Manchester Welsh Society Prize, in 2011 she was Highly Commended at the RNCM Bessie Cronshaw/Frost Brownson Song Cycle Competition and in 2009 won the Cantor Arts Prize for the most deserving first year music student at The University of York.
As a soloist, Catrin has performed a wide variety of song, sacred works and opera. Opera roles include Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly – Bergen Nasjonale Opera), Elvira (L’Italiana in Algeri – Pop-up Opera), Dido (Dido and Aeneas – Brighton Early Music Festival), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro – Opera dei Lumi), Fiordiligi (Così fan Tutte – Opera dei Lumi) and Minerva (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria – RNCM Opera). Other recent performances include Handel’s Acis and Galatea at the Brighton Early Music Festival and C.P.E Bach’s oratorio Du, Göttlicher at the York Early Music Festival. Future plans include Dido and Aeneas/Dido and Belinda with the Helios Collective.
In her spare time, Catrin is a voracious reader, foodie and crafter (in particular selling jewellery under the name ‘From the Magpie’s Nest’). She is also partial to whisky and the National Trust.
As well as its renowned work in the UK, the Brandenburg Sinfonia is also in great demand abroad and has, in recent years visited France, USA, Bermuda, the Channel Islands, Barbados, Cyprus, Malta and St Petersburg. The varied range of activities undertaken by the orchestra include a major concert series at St Martin-in-the- Fields and a major Classical Music cruise on the QE2. One of the recent highlights was an International Opera Gala conducted by Richard Bonynge in the presence of HRH Prince Charles. A large number of artists of international standing have worked with the orchestra including Richard Bonynge, Yvonne Kenny, Emmanuel Hurwitz, Lesley Garrett, John Georgiadis, John Wallace, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman and Gordon Hunt. Its repertoire ranges from Bach to Lloyd Webber and its members give over one hundred performances of orchestral, chamber choral and operatic music during the year.
Andrew Earis is Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he oversees the music in worship and concert programmes in this busy London church. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College, London, and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester. In addition to his duties at St Martin’s, Andrew is a regular contributor to BBC Radio’s religious output, as a Producer of programmes including Radio 4 Sunday Worship and Daily Service and Radio 3 Choral Evensong. Andrew is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and Fellow of Trinity College, London and has given organ recitals in venues including King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Washington National Cathedral, and has performed as soloist in performance of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony.