The 2017/18 season began with changes in the area of the Chorus’s Vocal Development. We now have four new voices coaches who will be working with us to continue the vocal development of the Chorus, both as individuals and to develop the quality of our choral singing and sound.
The biographies of the four new coaches follow:
Rebecca Outram (Soprano) The English soprano, Rebecca Outram, started her musical life as a pianist – it was only on joining the chapel choir of Keble College, Oxford that she discovered her voice and her passion for singing. On leaving Oxford Rebecca went on to study at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, since when she has built up an impressive career in a variety of musical fields. She is a regular performer with most of the major British period performance ensembles and orchestras, working especially regularly as a soloist with the King’s Consort, the Sixteen and the Gabrieli Consort. She is also a founding member of the renowned a capella ensembles The Clerks’ Group and The Cardinall’s Musick, and has been a soloist with the Sixteen, The King’s Consort, and the choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Rebecca has participated in a number of recordings, including two Gramophone winners with the Clerks’ Group and a highly acclaimed recording of music by Hildegard of Bingen with the Oxford Camerata (Director: Jeremy Summerley).
Anita Morrison (Soprano) Having gained a BEd (Hons) Degree, Anita continued her studies at the Guildhall School on the vocal studies and opera courses with awards from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Cripplegate Foundation, winning the 1989 Maggie Teyte Prize Competition, and to the National Opera Studio, funded by the Gerald McDonald Scholarship awarded by the RVW Trust. She has given recitals all over Europe, sung many major operatic roles, and made recordings including Dallapiccola’s 13 Liriche Greche with the Dallapiccola Ensemble. Since she began to work with the choristers of Westminster Cathedral in 1990 she has become increasingly devoted to her teaching. In addition to a private practice she is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, teaches regularly at Eton College and on Eton Choral Courses, Cambridge University, is vocal consultant to Guildford Choral Society, Cardinal Vaughan Schola Cantorum, London Oratory Junior choir and regularly visits Ampleforth College and Carlisle Cathedral. She also gives choral workshops.
Norbert Meyn (Tenor) Norbert Meyn was born in the German city of Weimar. After studying music and singing in Dresden, Riga and Weimar, he moved to the UK in 1997 to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is equally at home singing baroque, classical and contemporary music. As a concert soloist he has appeared internationally with conductors including Sir Roger Norrington, Howard Arman, Simon Halsey, Phillip Pickett and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. He has also sung many operatic roles, and performed, toured and recorded extensively with ensembles like the New London Consort, European Voices, Le Concert d’Astree, the Choir of the Enlightenment, London Voices and Trinity Baroque. His recordings include Bach cantatas for Soli Deo Gloria, Engel Lund’s Book of Folk Songs for Nimbus Records, Schubert Lieder with Eugene Asti for SFZ Music and Spiritual Songs by C.P.E. Bach for Toccata Classics. Since 2001 Norbert has been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and since 2005 also at the Royal College of Music, where he teaches German Lieder classes. He lives in London with his wife (a former LSC member) and two children.
Robert Rice (Baritone) After a choral scholarship at King’s College, Cambridge, British baritone Robert Rice gained a DipRAM in London under Mark Wildman, continuing his studies with Richard Smart, Sheila Barnes and Nicholas Powell. As a concert artist his repertoire is extensive and varied and varies from Monteverdi to Birtwhistle. His interest in performing contemporary music encompasses the modernist expressionism of Peter Maxwell Davies and Ligeti, and staged premieres by Judith Bingham and Nigel Osborne (with Opera Circus, touring the UK and Bosnia & Herzegovina); more recently he covered two roles in Birtwistle’s Yan Tan Tethera for the Britten Sinfonia. In recital he often collaborates with guitarist Erich Schachtner in Germany and in the UK on programmes of lieder and lute songs. When not performing, he leads workshops, adjudicates, and teaches widely, including for the National Youth Choir, Eton Choral Courses, and Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Novello & Co. Ltd have published many of his vocal arrangements, while others are sung worldwide, and have been recorded, by the King’s Singers. His nickname Berty has confused countless acquaintances. He often tries to arrange his singing engagements around skiing trips to the Alps, although aware that it should be the other way round.