David was born and brought up in Wells in Somerset and began his musical training as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral. He trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. In Autumn 2014 David made his English National Opera debut as Rodolfo La Bohème to huge critical acclaim. He will reprise the role in 2015 for the Zorlu Centre in Istanbul and for English Touring Opera in venues throughout the UK. His burgeoning concert career sees him sing Tippett’s A Child of our Time in Bath and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. From 2012-14 David was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House where his roles included Abdallo Nabucco (with Placido Domingo), First Armed Man Die Zauberflöte, Master of Ceremonies Gloriana, Pang Turandot, First Knight Parsifal, Gastone La Traviata, Apparition of a Youth Die Frau ohne Schatten, 1er Commissaire Dialogues des Carmélites and Offizier Ariadne auf Naxos. Concert performances include Verdi Requiem with Orchestre de Picardie and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Mahler Das Klagende Lied with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle at the Barbican, Britten Folk Songs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recitals at the Wigmore Hall with Simon Lane and the Solstice Quartet. David was a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus, a Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist and the winner of the prestigious John Christie Award in 2011. He made his debut later that year as Rodolfo La Bohème for Glyndebourne on Tour. Other awards include the John Cameron Prize for Lieder, the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award, the Edwin Samuel Dove Prize and the Bruce Millar/Gulliver Prize. He was also a member of the RNCM University Challenge team in 2003 and a Samling Artist in 2009. Future plans include role debuts as Don José Carmen (Nevill Holt Opera), Grigory Boris Godunov (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Laca Jenufa and Pinkerton Madama Butterfly.
Benjamin Bevan - Bass
Photographer Credit - Jason Dodd
Benjamin Bevan won a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School, London and made his international début at Lausanne Opera in La Cenerentola. He made his UK début at Scottish Opera as Marcello La Bohème followed by return invitations to sing Fleville and Fouquier-Tinville in Andrea Chenier under Sir Richard Armstrong and Riccardo I Puritani, Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon and Marcello in the revival of La Bohème under Francesco Corti. He made his debut at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden singing Henry Cuffe in Gloriana by Benjamin Britten and last season he also made his debut at Welsh National Opera in two new productions: singing Lescaut in Boulevard Solitude by Henze followed by Roderick Usher in Usher House by Getty. Benjamin Bevan was involved with two notable contemporary opera projects, Written on Skin by George Benjamin at the Aix en Provence festival and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden and before that the European premiere of Gerald Barry’s opera The Importance of Being Earnest, conducted by Thomas Adès in the Barbican Hall, London. He recently sang the role of Pontius Pilate in a new staging of Bach’s Johannes Passion for the Nationale Reisopera in the Netherlands and The Speaker in The Magic Flute in the opening production of Garsington Opera at Wormsley and recently made his solo debut with The English Concert performing Handel's Messiah in the UK and Germany. Other notable concert performances include a sell out tour of Bach's Matthaus Passion in 2012 with the Bach Choir of the Netherlands and a hugely successful semi-staging of Purcell's King Arthur in Manchester and Paris which came to The Barbican and Birmingham Symphony Hall in 2013, a performance of music by Vaughan Williams at the Christmas Day concert at the Leipzig Gewandaus (MDR Broadcast), The Dream of Gerontius at Snape Maltings, Bach Johannes Passion with the Irish Chamber Orchestra under Stephen Layton, Handel’s Messiah with The Irish Baroque Orchestra (RTE Broadcast), Bach Weihnachts Oratorium in Monaco and Nice and Carmina Burana with the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has also sung in two performances of Bach Cantatas in Australia at the Perth International Festival (ABC Broadcast) and was a soloist in the UK premiere of a new Mass by John Tavener at The Brighton Festival. His operatic repertoire also includes Belcore L’elisir d’amore, Tonio I Pagliacci, Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana, Count Almaviva The Marriage of Figaro, Speaker The Magic Flute, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, Peter Hänsel und Gretel and The Animal Tamer and Acrobat in Lulu. Recent engagements include performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki and with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Bach’s B Minor Mass at The Three Choir’s Festival. Current and future engagements include Lescaut Boulevard Solitude for the Royal Danish Opera, Ferryman Curlew River for Opéra de Dijon, The Speaker Die Zauberflöte at The Royal Opera House, Notary Intermezzo at Garsington Opera, performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra under John Butt, Bach’s St John Passion with the Hanover Band and the City of London Choir, and Messiah with the Royal Northern Sinfonia under Paul McCreesh.
Strauss: Horn Concerto No 1 Op 11
Ben Goldscheider – Horn
Ben, 18, was born into a musical family. He began learning the horn at the age of 9 and since the age of 11, has been a pupil of Susan Dent at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, where he receives a full scholarship. When he was 13, Ben was appointed Principal Horn of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain and a year later, was the youngest participant in the London Symphony Orchestra Brass Academy. In 2014, he became principal horn of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain where he was unanimously awarded the John Fletcher Brass Award for his playing and contribution to the orchestra. Ben has also worked as a freelance musician for the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. In the studio, he has collaborated with Dame Shirley Bassey and Blake on their 2015 Christmas album.
Ben's real passion lies in solo and chamber music for horn and as a soloist, he has appeared across the country in numerous public recitals and concerto performances, including the Royal Albert Hall. He was awarded the Guildford Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Award and has also won the Marlowe Young Musician of the Year 2013, Toddington Young Musician of the Year 2013 and the Gregynog Young Brass Player of the Year. In 2015, Ben was the youngest finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist of the year in which he performed the Weber Horn Concertino with the Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band, live on BBC Radio 2 to over 2.5 million listeners. In September 2015, Ben was invited to the International Music Academy for Soloists held at Bückeberg Palace, Germany and also the International Music Academy for Wind Soloists, held in Austria.
Ben currently plays on an Alexander 103 horn, partly funded by the EMI Music Sound Foundation.
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Zoë graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2008, where she was a Choral Scholar and studied Theology. She was awarded a place on the Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship Scheme and since the end of her apprenticeship in 2009 has performed and toured extensively with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, both in the choir, and as a soloist. Her choral and consort training has also enabled her to sing for many esteemed conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Harry Christophers, Stephen Layton, Lawrence Cummings, Philippe Herreweghe and Paul McCreesh.
Zoë is a member of a number of small consorts. She has recently made her Wigmore Hall debut with Arcangelo under the directorship of Jonathan Cohen and is also a regular member of Solomon's Knot, a collective of musicians which performs baroque repertoire from memory and without a conductor! Recent consort appearances have included concerts with Die Kolner Akademie, The Marian Consort, La Nuova Musica and a tour of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment directed by Mark Padmore. In recent years Zoë has begun to develop her career as a soloist, specialising in Baroque oratorio, and has performed in many of Europe’s greatest concert halls, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional, the Berlin Philharmonie, Cité de la Musique, St John’s Smith Square, The Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, Milton Court, Saffron Hall and Cadogan Hall. Opera credits include chorus in productions of Carmen and Le Freyschuetz at L’Opera Comique in Paris. In 2012 Zoë was a soloist in Purcell’s Fairy Queen under the directorship of Paul McCreesh. She has also recently made her debut with I Fagiolini playing the part of Eurydice in Orfeo.
Tim Mead - Counter Tenor
Tim read music as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge before winning a number of scholarships to continue his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music. His virtuosic performances have drawn much international attention, to the extent that he is now recognised as one of the finest across the generations of counter-tenors.
Engagements over the last season included the world premiere of Theo Loevendie’s Slinz at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bach's B Minor Mass with The English Concert, Bach's St Matthew Passion with The Gabrieil Consort at the Aix Festival, Handel's Messiah with the Boston Handel and Haydn Society and the Academy of Ancient Music, a solo recital in Rome, the title role in the Philip Glass opera Akhnaten while the highlight of the present season is his role debut as Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bergen Opera.
He now spends much of his professional life on the operatic stage and recent highlights include Goffredo Rinaldo at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Endimione La Calisto at Bayerische Staatoper, Voice of Apollo in Deborah Warner’s production of Death in Venice at ENO, Angel 1/Boy in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at Theatre du Capitol Toulouse and Tolomeo in Julius Ceasar at ENO.
An exceptionally busy concert artist, he has sung many oratorios with some of the great ensemble of the world including Handel Messiah with the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bach Christmas Oratorio with Les Arts Florissants, Bach Magnificat with Le Concett d’Astree, Bach St Matthew Passion with the London Handel Festival, Handel Theodora with The English Concert, Handel Solomon with Akademie fur Alte Muisk, Handel Judas Maccabeus with the OAE (at the BBC Proms), Handel Susanna with the Early Opera Company and Handel Esther with the Dunedin Consort.
Tim's substantial discography includes Bach St Matthew Passion and B Minor Mass (Gramophone Editors Choice with Arcangelo), the Handel oratorios including Messiah.
Joshua Ellicott - Tenor
Tenor Joshua Ellicott was born in Manchester and read Music at York University before continuing his vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Highlights in his 2015/16 season include the roles of Lucano & Secondo Soldato/Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr; Messiah concerts with the Hallé Orchestra under Laurence Cummings and with the Royal Northern Sinfonia under Harry Bicket; St Matthew Passion with the Sixteen under Harry Christophers; and Rachmaninov The Bells at King's College Cambridge under Stephen Cleobury.
Other notable appearances have included the Johannes Passion at the BBC Proms (Zurich Chamber Orchestra/Norrington), Purcell'sThe Fairy Queen at the Styriarte Festival Graz (Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt), Monteverdi's Vespers on tour (Le Concert d`Astrée/Haïm), Schubert’s Mass in E flat at the Festival de Saint-Denis (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Harding) and concert performances of Wozzeck and Tristan and Isolde(Philharmonia Orchestra/Salonen), Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sinsand Wagner's Parsifal (Hallé Orchestra/Elder), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (OAE/Labadie) and Handel’s Theodora (Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Montgomery).
On the opera stage, he appears regularly with Opera North where his roles have included Jaquino Fidelio, Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Richard Dauntless Ruddigore and Sergei in Shostakovich’s Paradise Moscow.
William Gaunt - Bass
William Gaunt began his musical education as a chorister at Ripon Cathedral, later gaining music and academic scholarships to Uppingham School, before becoming a Choral Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, where he read for a degree in Classics.
Recent solo performances have included Bach St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Handel Messiah, Acis and Galatea and Samson, Monteverdi Vespers, Haydn Missa in Angustiis 'Nelson Mass' with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and Stephen Cleobury, Purcell Come, ye Sons of Art, and the rôle of Arioch Handel Belshazzar with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Sir Charles Mackerras at the 2008 Proms.
William also has a busy schedule as a choral and consort singer. As well as his regular duties as a member of the Choir of Westminster Cathedral, he performs and records with noteworthy groups including Tenebrae, The Sixteen, Polyphony, The Gabrieli Consort, Gallicantus, The BBC Singers, Ex Cathedra, and The Binchois Consort.
Future engagements include Mozart Requiem and Spatzenmesse, and the role of Christus in Bach St John Passion with the Choir of Christ Church, Oxford.
The University of Winchester’s extra-curricular music department, Foundation Music, runs choirs, ensembles, concerts and other activities on the Sparkford Road campus. These activities are open to members of the local community and participation in the ensembles is totally free of charge. All levels of experience are welcome and there are no auditions. There are seven choirs and eleven instrumental ensembles to choose from. Full details are available at the Winchester University website.