Information about the soloists and musicians working with us in our next performance
Philippa Boyle (soprano)
trained in Rome at Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia, graduating with full marks and distinction, and Opera Studio Santa Cecilia, where she studied with world-renowned soprano Renata Scotto. Prior to her studies in Italy she was a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, where she read Classics.
Philippa has performed for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and Wexford Festival Opera. Opera engagements this season include covering multiple roles in Gavin Higgins' The Monstrous Child for the Royal Opera House, Elizabeth (Donizetti Maria Stuarda) for OperaUpClose, Eva (die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and the title role in Janácek Kát'a Kabanova, both for Fulham Opera. Other recent engagements include title role in Puccini's Tosca for King's Head Theatre (Best Opera Production, 2018 Off West End Awards), Mum/Waitress 2/Sphinx 1 in Mark-Anthony Turnage's Greek (directed by its librettist and original director Jonathan Moore), Elisabetta di Valois in Verdi's Don Carlo for Fulham Opera and Salome in the world premiere of Oliver Brignall's Roles at the Victoria and Albert museum. Oratorio engagements this season include Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Southbank Sinfonia at St-Martin-in-the-fields, Rossini Stabat Mater in Winchester Cathedral, Verdi Requiem in St Andrew's Halls, Norwich, Elgar The Apostles in Nottingham, Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Romsey Abbey and Bach St John Passion in York Minster. Other oratorio highlights include many performances of Verdi's Requiem, including in Leeds Town Hall (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra); in Fulda Cathedral in Germany, in King's College Cambridge, Southwark Cathedral, and Southwell Minster; Handel Messiah in York Minster and in Granada, Spain; Dvorák Te Deum in Nottingham Albert Hall, Britten War Requiem in Oxford Town Hall.
Jessica Lawrence-Hares (mezzo-soprano)
received her BM magna cum laude and her MM in voice performance from Boston University. Operatic roles include Mercedes (Carmen) and Nicklaus (Hoffmans Erzählungen) with the Komische Kammeroper München, Lady with a Hat Box (Postcard from Morocco) and the Sea (Before Night Falls) with the Boston University Opera Institute and Mad Margaret (Ruddigore), the Third Lady (The Magic Flute) and Marcellina (The Marriage of Figaro) with the Cambridge Operatic Society. She has been featured soloist in performances of Aaron Copland's In the Beginning and the Mozart Requiem in the Boston area and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Tuscany. She has performed in the premieres of several new operas: two by Kate Waring, Are Women People? (Mother) in 2014 and Porcelain and Pink (Lois) in 2015 and one by David Earl, Strange Ghost (Ka Cox), also in 2015. In 2017 she performed Sea Pictures with the Cambridge Sinfonietta and The Music Makers with Choir2000. In 2018, she sang excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier with the Cambridge Sinfonietta. She performs with the newly formed Lepetit Ensemble and also gives regular recitals in Cambridge.
Tom Raskin (tenor)
born in Bath, studied at the RNCM in Manchester and New College, Oxford, before going on to become a Britten-Pears Young Artist. In 2000 he was awarded the Anne Ziegler Prize, followed by the Freckleton Prize in 2001, and was the recipient of a major Scholarship from the Peter Moores Foundation which funded study both in Italy and London. Recent concert work includes the Verdi Requiem, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, Calaf in Turandot (concert performance), Stainer's Crucifixion in Norway, Rossini's Stabat Mater broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from King's College, Cambridge, and arias in the St John and St Matthew Passions (Norwich Cathedral). Tom is one of the four tenors in the BBC Singers, and besides the vast range of choral works that he performs with them, has sung a wide range of solos, from Streshnev in Mussorgsky's Kovanshchina at the 2017 Proms to the St Matthew Passion arias and Christmas Oratorio arias, to Bernstein's Hashkiveinu, to Jason Donovan's half of the duet "Especially for you." He is much in demand on the concert platform in Britain and abroad, in places as far-flung as Novosibirsk in Siberia to St Mark's Basilica, Venice. He has performed with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, the CBSO, The Sixteen and English Baroque Soloists. He also has a large operatic repertoire from the baroque to the present day; he recently sang the Cockerel in Stravinsky's Renard with the BCMG in one of Oliver Knussen's last appearances on the concert platform, and he recorded the role of Signor Ravioli in Alfred Cellier's The Mountebanks with the BBCCO. He gave the world premiere of Lord Fitztollemache in Weinberg's Lady Magnesia, and has sung for Glyndebourne, Garsington, Opera South, Opera East and the Ilford Festival. He has made regular appearances with New Chamber Opera. In 2017 and 2018 Tom gave several recitals with the pianist Christopher Weston; a mini-tour of Schubert's Winterreise, and Finzi's Till Earth Outwears. More recitals are planned in 2019, including one in All Saints' Church, West Dulwich, and a Vaughan Williams celebration in Thaxted.
Joseph Kennedy (bass)
was educated at The London Oratory School, and began his vocal studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he won the Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize and graduated with first class honours. He
went on to postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) under the tutelage of Prof. Susan McCulloch, graduating with distinction. Performance highlights include; Footman in
Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier (CBSO-Symphony Hall); a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' singing operatic excerpts; Haydn Creation (RPO). Most recently, Joseph performed in the World Premiere of
Brendan Ashe's Magnificat. As a concert soloist Joseph has performed Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Haydn Nelson Mass, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Monteverdi
Vespers, Britten War Requiem, Orff Carmina Burana, and Bruckner Te Deum.
Opera roles include; Forester The Cunning Little Vixen (RBC), Don Giovanni Don Giovanni (HGO), Noye Noye's Fludde (Operamus), Indian The Bartered Bride (BYO), Adonis Venus and Adonis (La Nuova Musica), Le Podestat Le Docteur Miracle (Pop-Up Opera), Death Savitri (Operaview), Kouravar Lakme (OHP), Guglielmo Cosi fan Tutte (Pop-Up Opera, Greek Tour). Joseph was also a Christine Collins Young Artist at Opera Holland Park and most recently toured the role of Geronimo Il Matrimonio segreto with Pop-Up Opera.
Joseph last performed with Choir 2000 singing Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs.
Anne Page - harmonium
was born and educated in Perth, Australia and moved to Europe to continue advanced studies with Marie-Claire Alain, Peter Hurford and Jacques van Oortmerssen. She made her London debut playing
20th century repertoire at the Royal Festival Hall. Her career encompasses performances, recordings and broadcasts in Europe, the USA and Australia. In the pioneering spirit of her country of origin
she likes to explore some of the less well trodden musical paths and has been at the forefront of the revival of the harmonium, establishing a course on the instrument at the Royal Academy of Music
and performing the first all-harmonium recital in the Purcell Room in 2008.
Now based in Cambridge, during 2011-12 she performed the complete organ works of Bach in 23 recitals on 14 different organs. The series attracted capacity audiences and helped to support the educational work of the Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies of which Anne is a founder. In 2017 she returned to the Royal Festival Hall for a performance of Bach's crowning masterpiece, the Art of Fugue.
Clare Bullimore - piano
was born in Devon but attended Chetham's School of Music from the age of 11. Whilst there, she was a semi finalist in BBC's Young Musician Of The Year and a prize winner in The National Almaviva Mozart Competition. She later read Music at Queens' College, Cambridge. During her time at Queens' she performed a Mozart piano concerto with the St Margaret's Society Orchestra at West Road Concert Hall. Since graduating, Clare has been working as a piano teacher and freelance accompanist, initially in Cambridge and then in Yorkshire. She has worked with numerous choirs and choral societies including Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Doncaster Choral Society and Sheffield Bach Choir. Performances include Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Britten's St Nicolas. Recently she was involved in rehearsals for a recording of Philip Wilby's The Holy Face. She returned to Cambridge in July 2017. Clare has 3 young children.
Andrew Black (piano)
studied at King's College, Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music. He has given solo recitals throughout the UK and accompanied soloists including David Campbell (clarinet) and Richard Watkins (horn). He has worked as Repetiteur for Opera Companies, including Opera Holland Park and Estudio de Opera do Porto and as Musical Director for Opera Piccola, including at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House. He has coached Singers, including Jill Gomez and Lesley Garrett. Andrew is rehearsal pianist for the Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus and Cambridge University Symphony Chorus.