The beautiful and ancient church of All Saints's, Brixworth, was packed with people to hear this 25th anniversary concert. Under our excellent director, Ian Clarke, Village Voices did justice to Handel's masterpiece. Catherine Ennis coaxed a fantastic sound out of the organ and trumpet player Nick Bunker added some wonderful highlights. The soloists were superb, the Hallelujah Chorus rousing and and the final Amen sublime. One concert goer wrote, "we really enjoyed the performance last night. Amazing what a relatively small group can do and the setting was perfect."
We were fortunate to be joined by:
Rosie Lomas, Soprano.
Rosie trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Kate Paterson and was a Britten–Pears Young Artist in 2015.
Amanda O'Brien, Mezzo soprano. Amanda studied Music at the University of Newcastle of Tyne and later as a post-graduate singer at Birmingham Conservatoire. She was a Swarbrick Singer and has an extensive operatic and concert repertoire.
Philip O'Brien, Tenor.
Philip was a Wolfson scholar at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama, and has sung principal roles at Glyndebourne and as a soloist in major UK and international venues.
Gwion Thomas, Bass.
Gwion has been an opera and concert soloist for many years after graduating with distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music. He has sung principal roles for Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and many others companies and is a vocal tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Nick Bunker, Trumpet
Nick is principal trumpeter with the Northampton Symphony Orchestra.
Catherine Ennis, Organ.
Catherine is Director of Music at the London church of St. Lawrence Jewry, and is a former President of the Royal College of Organists. She teaches organ at colleges, schools and festivals and has an extensive programme of national and international recital engagements.