The 2014-2015 Apprentices
Jessica Cale is a graduate of Cardiff University where she studied with John Hugh Thomas. Whilst studying in Cardiff Jessica won the Geraint Evans Prize and the D. J. Lloyd Prize for outstanding recital performances. Jessica also gave many solo performances of note including Bach’s Wedding Cantata Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten and Vivaldi’s Nulla in mundo pax sincera at Llandaff Cathedral alongside the University Chamber Choir.
This year saw Jessica’s solo debut at the St Davids Cathedral Festival with Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Handel’s Let God Arise. Jessica also took on the operatic role of Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Cardiff University Operatic Society. Jessica enjoys exploring contemporary repertoire, most recently completing the world premiere recording of Judith Weir’s song cycle Really? as part of a recording project by Cardiff University’s Contemporary Music Group.
Jessica is an alumnus of the Genesis Sixteen choral training programme run by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan. She is currently studying with Julie Kennard and holds a choral scholarship at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Rebecca Hardwick graduated from the University of York with a BA in Music, roles of note including Soeur Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des carmélites and Susanna in opera scenes of Le nozze di Figaro. Rebecca is currently studying for an MPerf at the Royal College of Music as an RCM Scholar supported by a Pidem award, receiving vocal tuition from Tim Evans-Jones. She is also generously supported by The Elmley Foundation, and The Helen Rachael Mackaness trust. At the RCM she recently played The Raver in a new opera as part of the 'Hogarth's Stages' project, called On False Perspective by Josephine Stephenson, and Semele in Cavalli’s L’Egisto for opera scenes. Rebecca sings in the chorus for Opera Holland Park 2012-2014, and played 'La Cugina' in the Christine Collins Young Artists 2013 production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Solo performances include the title role in Handel's Rodelinda (Amadè Players, Foundling Museum), Handel's Messiah (St Mary's Singers, Truro Cathedral) Bach’s St John Passion (Somerville College, Oxford), Mozart’s Requiem (Sloane Square Choral Society, St Martin's Voices). This year Rebecca appeared on a recording of Cornelius Cardew's graphic score Treatise with the Vocal Constructivists. She has recently performed in masterclasses for Dame Anne Evans (RCM) and Ann Sophie Duprels (Opera Holland Park), and has performed recitals in St Botolph-Without-Aldgate and St Mary's Battersea.
Angela Hicks is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she studied with Laureen Livingstone. She attended Trinity Laban with the assistance of scholarships from the Dame Susan Morden Trust and the Trinity Trust and is now making a career as a soloist and choral singer. She currently studies with Nicholas Powell.
As a soloist she is an experienced singer of the core oratorios, including Handel's Messiah; Bach's St John Passion, St Matthew Passion and Magnificat; Brahm's Ein Deutsches Requiem and Haydn’s The Creation and Nelson Mass. Angela also enjoys chamber music, regularly performing cantatas and other smaller works accompanied by period instruments. Angela has sung in the Handel Festival accompanied by Trinity Laban’s baroque string orchestra. She has also sung many modern or more esoteric pieces and enjoys working directly with composers. Most notably she sang for Stephen Montague in his Requiem for soloist, chorus and symphony orchestra.
As a choral singer, Angela is a member of a number of ensembles and choirs and she deputises at many of the leading London churches. She also sings and plays celtic harp with Joglaresa, the UK's top medieval ensemble, directed by Belinda Sykes.
Angharad Rowlands (supported by the Leche Trust) is a Welsh soprano from Denbighshire, North Wales. She began competing in Eisteddfodau at a young age and went on to gain great success at the Urdd and National Eisteddfod of Wales, winning numerous prizes and frequently appearing in live broadcasts on Welsh television and radio.
Increasingly absorbed in singing, Angharad went on to achieve a choral scholarship with St Salvator’s Chapel Choir at the University of St Andrews where she recently completed her first year studying Art History. In June 2014, Angharad made her operatic debut with St Andrews Opera as Nancy in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring at venues throughout Scotland.
Mezzo-soprano Rosemary Clifford gained a first-class degree in English Literature from the University of Bristol before beginning postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, during which time she was generously supported by the Worshipful Companies of Haberdashers and Poulters, the Northfield Educational Trust and the Liz Holliday Foundation for Young Singers. She completed her MPerf degree in Vocal Studies at GSMD with distinction in 2013 and currently studies with Theresa Goble.
Operatic roles include Hansel, Hansel and Gretel (Cooper Hall Emerging Artists); Gertrude (cover), Fortunio (Grange Park Opera); Lazuli, L’étoile; L’Enfant, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (AIMS); Hero, L’Egisto; Rosina, Il barbiere di Siviglia (GSMD ensemble scenes). She has also worked with Grange Park Opera in the chorus of Queen of Spades (2012), Dialogues des carmélites and Fortunio (2014). Rosemary made her solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall singing Messiah with The Really Big Chorus in December 2013. She also performed in Sir Jonathan Miller’s recent revival of Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the National Theatre and was a member of the Guildhall Consort whilst at GSMD. She is currently a regular member of the Royal Hospital Chelsea chapel choir.
Emma Lewis is a postgraduate vocal student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, having previously studied Music at the University of York. She is generously supported by the Dame Susan Morden, Kathleen Roberts and Robinson Hearn scholarships.
Emma has sung as a soloist at the Brandenburg Choral Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Grimeborn Opera Festival, St Martin in the Fields, Blackheath Halls and the Old Royal Naval College. She has sung opera roles with Hampstead Garden Opera (The Marriage of Figaro), Trinity Laban (Handel's Belshazzar) and with new ensemble Eboracum Baroque (Dido & Aeneas), of which she is also a founder member. Emma has performed scenes from La Clemenza di Tito, Falstaff and L'elisir d'amore with Trinity Laban. She has also sung chorus with Opera Holland Park (Madama Butterfly) and Eboracum Baroque (Acis & Galatea).
Emma has held choral scholarships at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich and St Martin in the Fields. She is an alumnus of the Genesis 16 education scheme.
Rory Carver is a 24 year old tenor from St Albans. He has recently graduated from the University of Warwick, where he held the Francine Barlow Choral Scholarship and studied under Llyndall Trotman. During this time he took part in European tours as both a consort singer and soloist. In 2014 he was the first singer for more than ten years to win the University of Warwick Concerto Competition.
Previously singing as a baritone, Rory most recently sang solos in Bach’s St John Passion, Fauré and Mozart’s Requiems, and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb with the University of Warwick Chamber Choir and Chorus. In the Warwick Arts Centre Theatre he performed as the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Peter in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel for Opera Warwick. In addition, he has performed as chorus for productions by both Armonico Consort and HeadFirst Productions.
Rory has received generous support from Finham Choral Society, the University of Warwick Chorus and the John Clough Bursary Trust.
Jake Muffett graduated from the University of York with a BA in Music, roles of note include Count Almaviva and Don Giovanni in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni and Sid in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring. Jake is currently studying on the Artist Masters course in vocal performance at the GSMD where he receives vocal tuition from John Evans. Jake’s studies are generously supported by the Sidney Perry Foundation.
As a soloist Jake is an experienced singer of the core oratorio repertoire including Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s passions and Haydn’s The Creation etc. He has appeared with choral societies in the Midlands and the North of England. Jake has also appeared as a soloist with the University of York Chamber Orchestra where he performed John Adam’s The Wound Dresser. Jake also has performed a great deal of contemporary solo and choral repertoire which include premiers of new compositions by PhD students and works by composers such as Michael Finnissy and Karlheinz Stockhausen etc.
Jake has previously been a member of the Genesis Sixteen choral training programme run by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan. Jake is also a keen Clarinettist and has previously played with the University of York Symphony Orchestra, the University of York Baroque/Classical Ensemble and the Chimera Ensemble (specialising in contemporary music). Jake also plays in various musical theatre pit orchestras playing Clarinets, Saxes, Flute and Oboe.
This year's apprentices have been involved in a variety of projects.