Singers for Hire

Some of my singing pupils past and present are now making their way in the world as soloists.  I heartily recommend any of the singers listed below!  Among them are other professional musicians whom I have had the pleasure to work with in recent years.

Rachael Cox (Mezzo-Soprano)

Rachael recently graduated from the Royal College of Music (RCM) under the tutelage of vocal professor, Tim Evans-Jones and accompanist, John Blakely. September 2015 will see Rachael commence further study at the University of Bristol.

Most recently Rachael performed Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared at London’s Royal Festival Hall, and undertook the roles of Phoebe and Dame Carruthers in the premiere performance of a new edition of Yeoman of the Guard at Portsmouth Guildhall. Other operatic roles include Nancy (Albert Herring, RCM), Dorabella (Così fan tutte, RCM), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel, RCM), Varvara (Káťa Kabanová, RCM) and Dido (Dido and Aeneas, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014). Rachael has just completed the 2015 Season with Garsington Opera Chorus performing Cosí fan Tutte, Death in Venice (covering German Mother and Beggar Woman) and Mendelssohn’s Incidental  Music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Also highly in demand as a soloist, Rachael has worked with many ensembles and consorts. Oratorio highlights include Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem with Laurence Cummings and the Little Baroque Company (London Handel Festival), The Messiah with The Elia Ensemble, Israel in Egypt with Rochester Choral Society and the North Herts Guild of Singers, Mozart’s Requiem in Chester Cathedral, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor in Lincoln Cathedral, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with The Bach Choir in Cadogan Hall and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the Ryedale Festival.

Rachael’s passion for song has led to her offering recital programmes featuring Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, Britten’s A Charm of Lullabies, Judith Weir’s A Voice of Desire, and selections by Brahms, Wolf, Duparc, Poulenc, Quilter and many more.

Contact Rachael on 07810 090208 or email rachaelcox29@gmail.com

listen to Rachael singing at https://soundcloud.com/rachael-cox-2


Eugene Dillon-Hooper (Bass)

Eugene is a 22-year-old Bass studying with Matthew Best. A recent graduate of the RNCM with a BMus (Hons), he has a wealth of experience performing in many different venues around the UK and Europe. During his time at the college, he has sung the roles of Sarastro in Mozarts The Magic Flute with Leeds Youth Opera (2014), Kecal in Smetanas The Bartered Bride for RNCM opera scenes and Theseus in the RNCMs Easter production of Brittens A Midsummer Nights Dream (2015). As well as regular recital and soloist engagements, he is also a founding member of professional vocal octet, Melodico, who perform a wide variety of music. This Summer, he has taken part in a workshop week with British Youth Opera, and looks forward to continuing his education with a Masters degree in vocal studies in the near future.

Contact Eugene on 07419 139438 or email eugene.dillon.hooper@gmail.com


Avalon Summerfield (Soprano)

Avalon began her musical education as a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral and music scholar at Lincoln Minster School. During her time as a chorister, she toured abroad to Prague, Haarlem and Loire, recorded on the Guild label (including solo appearances), appeared a number of times on Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. A highlight was singing a solo to a packed cathedral with boy band G4. She attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department, studying voice, trumpet, piano and composition. As a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Avalon took part in the National Festival of Music for Youth and performed at the Royal Albert Hall in a Prom with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra.

From 2012-15 Avalon read music at the University of York, graduating with a First Class Honours. During her time at York, Avalon sang with several choirs including The 24 and The Yorkshire Bach Choir. With The 24, she toured to Serbia, China and Hong Kong, performed on a live BBC broadcast and performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. She also soloed with the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble at the Ryedale Festival in a performance of the Monteverdi Vespers. Avalon appeared singing Gesualdo on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. Avalon studies Voice with Veronica Veysey Campbell and Dr Ron Morris, and has attended masterclasses with I Fagiolini, Richard Jackson, Richard Stokes and Mark Meylan.

Avalon has performed as a soloist in Handel's Messiah, Bach's St Matthew Passion, Bach's St John Passion, Faure's Requiem, Durufle's Requiem, Bach's Mass in B minor, Bach's Magnificat, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Harmoniemesse, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, Allegri's Miserere, Stravinsky's Mass, Kodaly's Missa Brevis, and Poulenc's Mass in G.
  
Avalon played Naomi, the evil step-sister, in Massenet's Cendrillon with the University Opera Society, performed Rameau Cantatas with the Helios Ensemble, and played First Witch in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. In 2015, she was privileged to perform Vivaldi's Nulla in mundo pax sincera with a period ensemble, in the presence of Dame Janet Baker. 

Avalon is a recipient of Stile Antico's prestigious inaugural bursary for young singers, and will be working closely with them from Autumn 2015. Avalon plans to continue her vocal studies at postgraduate level at conservatoire.

Contact Avalon on 07538 727920 or email avalonsummerfield@gmail.com

or vist her website www.avalonsummerfield.co.uk


Harriet Burns (Soprano)

Harriet is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Jennifer Dakin and Audrey Hyland on the BMus course. She now studies with Professor Susan McCulloch.  Recent operatic roles have included Emmie (Albert Herring) with Hampstead Garden Opera, Lead Vocalist (Improvised History of the World) at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Mary 2 (The Passion and Resurrection) at the Voices of London Festival, Jove as Diana (La Calisto) and Barbarina (Marriage of Figaro) with Hampstead Garden Opera, principal roles with the Grim's Dyke Opera Company in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe and The Yeomen of the Guard, Gretel (Hansel und Gretel) and Tina (Flight) for the Royal Academy of Music opera scenes. With a particular passion for contemporary music Harriet has premierèd numerous works; most recently Evan Kassoff's Memoirs of Transformation at the Royal Academy of Music, Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire with the Academy Manson Ensemble and Jane Manning, Alex Paxton's The Elephant's Lament at the Forge. Harriet also enjoys working with young voices and is the vocal coach for the choristers of St Mary Merton. She has recently become a member of the renowned choir Polyphony, directed by Stephen Layton. Harriet is looking forward to singing the role of First Niece in Co-Opera Co's production of Britten's Peter Grimes this August and joining the Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in September where she will continue her studies with Professor Susan McCulloch.

Contact Harriet via her website www.harrietburns.com or email harrietburnssoprano@gmail.com

or visit her website www.harrietburns.com


Maria O'Connell (Mezzo Soprano)

Maria graduated from the Dublin Conservatory of Music & Drama studying singing with Nancy Calthorpe and Deirdre Grier-Delaney. She performed as a soloist in Ireland in a number of oratorios, recitals and operas. Her solo oratorio work has included performances of Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Mass in C minor,  a live radio broadcast of Mozart's Coronation Mass in C, Schubert's Mass in G, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Faure's Requiem.

Opera roles have included: Helene (Schubert's “Der Hausliche Krieg” conducted by Franz-Paul Decker); Monica (Menotti's “The Medium”) and A Novice (Puccini's “Suor Angelica”), performed at The National Concert Hall, Dublin.
During her career in Dublin, Maria attended Masterclasses with the internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Dr Bernadette Greevy and soprano Eva Andor; formerly principal with the Budapest State Opera.

Maria continues to develop her classical repertoire and performed a recital of Schumann's “Frauenliebe und Leben” with John Gull on piano, August 2014 at St Andrew's Church, Aylestone, Leicester. As well as German Lied, Maria has a particular love for singing French Melodie. Maria is currently working on a selection of English songs by composers Britten, Gurney and Herbert Howells for an upcoming recital.

Maria also explores musical genres extending beyond her Classical repertoire and has performed with Bossa Nova groups during her year spent in Brazil, as well as lead performances in London, Paris and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the Brazilian musical play 'Poor Little Rich Girl' ('Pobre Menina Rica') composed by Vinicius de Moraes (The Girl from Ipanema) & Carlos Lyra. She frequently performs as the lead female vocalist for the Peterborough Big Band.

Contact Maria on 07931373045 or email mariaoconnell@gmail.com



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