We are delighted to introduce the eight singers participating in the inaugural St Martin’s Voices Fellowship Scheme 2017.
The Fellowship is the newest development of the exciting choral music programme at St Martin-in-the-Fields, providing the opportunity for the St Martin’s Voices Fellows to enjoy high-level training with leading choral directors and vocal coaches and perform alongside globally recognized ensembles including the Southbank Sinfonia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
Soprano Hilary Cronin studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under the tutelage of Teresa Cahill and Helen Yorke. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma and an FTCL Diploma thanks to generous support from Trinity College London, Dame Susan Morden, Robinson Hearn and Dame Felicity Lott.
Now a St Martin’s Voices Fellow, Hilary is a regular soloist for the Voices, most recently in Faure’s Requiem with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Hilary completed the Genesis Sixteen training programme in 2016 and now sings at St Bartholomew-the-Great. Hilary has sung with many London-based ensembles including Illuminare, Siglo de Oro and Britten Sinfonia Voices. Hilary has also performed as a soloist with the Will Todd Trio. A keen opera singer, Hilary’s previous roles have included Susan (A Dinner Engagement – Berkeley), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas – Purcell), Noemie (Cendrillon – Massenet), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel – Humperdinck) and Cunegonde (Candide – Bernstein). Last autumn, Hilary covered the roles of Diana (La Calisto – Cavalli) and Minerva (Ulysses’ Homecoming – Monteverdi) for English Touring Opera.
Emily, soprano, completed her MA in Vocal Performance at the RWCMD and now studies with Gail Pearson. Emily is a principle soprano for ensembles including Blossom Street, The Gesualdo Consort, Seren Singers, and Newman Hall Choir, and is an ex-choral scholar of King’s College London and The BBC National Chorus of Wales. Emily’s solo concert performances include Bach’s Magnificat and St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Mass in Time of War, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Brahms’ Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Rutter’s Magnificat, Pärt’s Passio, and Bowden’s We Have Found a Better Land (broadcast on BBC Radio 3). Opera roles include Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Cendrillon (Cendrillon), Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Cathleen (Riders to the Sea), Lucy (The Beggar’s Opera) and First Lady (The Magic Flute). Emily is passionate about outreach work; she tours with music-for-dementia charity Lost Chord, and performed in ‘An Album of Memories’ with Indomitable Productions. Emily has worked as an animateur with the BBC National Chorus of Wales, The Arts Active Trust and WNO Max.
Carmel de Jager
Australian mezzo-soprano Carmel de Jager gained Bachelor and Master degrees from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Having moved to London in 2014, she now has a busy and varied freelance career throughout Europe. Most recently Carmel has performed at Le Festival de la Chaise Dieu with Gabrieli Consort, the female chorus for Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the solos for Bach’s Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn with the Choir of St James in Sydney, Bach’s Widerstehe doch der Sünde with players of the Academy of Ancient music directed by John Butt, and numerous recordings with London Voices. Engagements for 2017 include Mozart’s Requiem with Gabrieli Consort in Burgos, St John’s Passion (solos) with Dei Gratia Baroque Ensemble and Fidelio (chorus) with the London Philharmonic conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
Aspiring mezzo-soprano Sophie Timms is a versatile performer whose repertoire ranges from Baroque sacred oratorio and German Lieder to musical theatre and contemporary vocal compositions. A Bachelor of Music graduate of King’s College, University of London, Sophie currently studies with mezzo-soprano Louise Winter. She regularly performs at private functions as well as giving solo and ensemble recitals in venues across London. Recent engagements have included the mezzo-soprano soloist for Mozart Requiem, second soprano soloist for Monteverdi Vespers and mezzo-soprano soloist for Handel Messiah. After recently completing a year as a member of the prestigious Genesis Sixteen choral training programme, Sophie is delighted to have been accepted onto the St Martin’s Voices Fellowship programme, alongside her current role as a choral scholar at St Martin-in-the-Fields this academic year.
Jack Granby is currently a tenor stipendiary clerk with the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford. Jack sang as a choral scholar at Exeter College, Oxford whilst studying for a degree in Biochemistry, receiving singing tuition from Giles Underwood. In Oxford, he has sung with Schola Cantorum of Oxford, the Oxford Bach Soloists and Commotio, as well as the Epiphoni Consort in London. He is also a founding member of the ‘Holywell Consort’ in Oxford, comprised of 8 Oxford choral scholars performing termly concerts, covering a wide-ranging repertoire. In 2016, Jack played the operatic roles of Pastore II in Monteverdi’s ‘L’Orfeo’ in St. Mary’s Church, Guildford and the Mayor in Britten’s ‘Albert Herring’ in St. Peter’s College chapel, Oxford.
Richard Robbins, tenor, is currently preparing for a performance of Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light at St. John Smith Square and working with the Southbank Sinfonia and Academy of St Martin in the Fields as part of the recently established Fellowship programme with St Martin in the Fields. Richard has also recently started singing with the renowned Guard’s Chapel Choir at The Guard’s Chapel. He is studying Vocal Performance on the postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of renowned tenor, Philip Doghan and highly respected interpreter of song, Joseph Middleton. His recent performances include Oratorio, Opera and Concert work in venues such as; St. Martin-in-the-Fields; King’s Place; Hackney Empire and The National Portrait Gallery. Richard recently performed in ‘All the Angels’ by Nick Drake at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe with The Portrait Choir, an ensemble which Richard is a Principal Member. The Portrait Choir have just released a ‘Choral Audio Guide’, a world first, on which Richard can be heard soloing. Richard is also a conductor and is the MD for Egham Chorale and The Vine Singers and regularly gives singing workshops for adults and young people. Since graduating from Royal Holloway with First class honours, Richard continues to be generously sponsored by The Richard Stapley Trust, The Devon Educational Trust and The Veronica Awdry Foundation.
Originally from Essex, Michael, bass, moved to London to start his studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2014 studying with Lynton Atkinson. Now in the 3rd year of his undergraduate degree, Michael has developed into an accomplished solo and ensemble singer, performing at many varied venues across the UK, including Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and Ely Cathedral. Michael won first prize in the Lillian Ash French Song competition, the ‘most promising young singer award’ at the Freda Parry Scholarship competition, and was accepted onto ‘The Sixteen’s’ young artist’s programme, ‘Genesis Sixteen’ led by Harry Christophers CBE and Eammon Dougan. Performance highlights include Bach’s St.John Passion and B minor mass with Southern Sinfonia at the Old Royal Naval College, where he holds a choral scholarship under conductor Ralph Allwood MBE. More recently, Michael has been working with critically-acclaimed fringe opera companies, with recent productions including ‘Boys of Paradise’ (Tete a Tete Opera) performed at EGG nightclub in King’s Cross, and Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ (Hampstead Garden Opera).
Upcoming engagements include a tour to the US with ‘St Martin’s Voices’ in March, and joining the ‘Erebus Ensemble’ and ‘English Concert’ for their productions of ‘The Messiah’ in April at the Bristol Old Vic. Michael will be performing ‘Dichterliebe’ as part of the Schumann Festival taking place at Trinity Laban on 5th May.
After beginning his training on the inaugural Genesis Sixteen scheme, David has been working as a freelance singer in London for the past 6 years, first alongside his studies at Imperial College where he held the Ash Music Scholarship (learning with Roderick Earle at the Royal College of Music), and latterly alongside his work at the architectural design practice Foster + Partners. Singing primarily in London with some of the country’s finest new and established consorts, including The Sixteen, the Erebus Ensemble and the National Portrait Gallery Choir, he has also toured extensively with the Gabrieli Consort, the Royal Academy of Music, Albion Baroque, and the Fieri Consort, where he holds a management role. Other work has included staged performances with the Vocal Futures chorus, a project which aims to educate disadvantaged young people through classical music. David also enjoys preparing new editions, and specialises in the study and pronunciation of early European languages.