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Meet the soloists
Charlotte Trepress - Theodora
Soprano Charlotte Trepess completed her postgraduate vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, and is the 2017 winner of the RNCM's Gold Medal. She is also winner of the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize and Frederic Cox Award, and recipient of the Kate Snape Scholarship and Dame Eva Turner Award. Roles at the RNCM included Despina Cosi Fan Tutte), Gabrielle (La Vie Parisienne) and Pamina (The Miniature Magic Flute). Other roles include Semele (Semele), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), and Emmie (Albert Herring )with Opera North. Charlotte most recently worked with Buxton Festival Opera Chorus, covering Giunia (Lucio Silla), and will be returning in 2018 to cover Elettra (Idomeneo). Charlotte is a Samling Artist and regular recitalist, with upcoming concerts with the Fibonacci Sequence and a recital at the Purcell Room. Charlotte has recorded and performed as a soloist with the BBC Philharmonic, and has sung with the BBC Daily Service Singers and the Gabrieli Consort.
Joseph Zubier is a first-year, undergraduate choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge where he reads music. Originally from Belfast, he began his studies in voice with Mark Chambers in 2013, whilst he was a pupil at Methodist College, Belfast. He was awarded an academic and music scholarship to Winchester College for sixth form, where he studied voice with David Clegg; he now learns with Justin Lavender. Joseph holds a fellowship diploma of Trinity College, London, having passed his Licentiate diploma, with distinction, in February 2016. Joseph has been a member of Sestina since 2013, and with it has performed: King Arthur – Purcell, 2014; Vespers of 1610 – Monteverdi, 2015; Dido and Aeneas – Purcell, 2016; Messiah – Handel, 2016. He looks forward to playing the role of ‘Didymus’ in Theodora.
Joseph Zubier - Didimus
Peter Harris studied Music at the University of Oxford where he held a choral scholarship at The Queen's College. Following university, Peter was awarded a place on the Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship Scheme. Recent solo engagements with the group include Mozart's Requiem at the Salzburg Festpielhaus. Peter won the 2017 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Programme final with his duo partner, Hamish Brown. He also won Northern Ireland Opera Festival of Voice 2017. Peter is a Britten Pears Young Artist and a member of the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle. Later in 2018 Peter will cover the role of Romeo in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette for Grange Park Opera, and will perform the role of Eurimaco in Monteverdi 's Ulysses for Opera Collective Ireland. Peter is a student at the Royal Academy of Music and is supported by Help Musicians UK, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and Josephine Baker Trust.
Peter Harris - Septimius
Aaron O'Hare - Valens
Aaron O'Hare, from Warrenpoint, completed his BMus degree at the University of Ulster and MMus at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Paul Nilon and Matthew Best, having been awarded a full scholarship to attend the college. In August 2015, Aaron won the Northern Ireland Opera's 'Voice of 2015' competition during their Festival of Voice, and has recently been awarded the Young Musicians Platform award from the BBC and Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Aaron has worked with leading companies in Ireland and England, including NI Opera, Wide Open Opera, Nevill Holt Opera, Classical Opera, Longborough Opera and Buxton Festival Opera. In 2012/13 he was a member of NI Opera’s Young Artist Programme. Aaron joined the Garsington Opera Festival's Alvarez Young Artist's programme for their 2016 season. Earlier this year Aaron joined the Studio of Opera de Lyon for their production of l'incoronazione di poppea. Aaron is a founding member of Sestina.
Belfast-born mezzo-soprano Laura Lamph was educated at Methodist College Belfast and is now based in London. She enjoys singing with several UK based ensembles including Dunedin Consort, Gabrieli Consort and Polyphony as well as working with Danish groups Ars Nova and Theatre of Voices. In Ireland she works with Sestina and Chamber Choir Ireland. As a soloist Laura sings everything from Jazz to Traditional Irish. She has appeared as a soloist on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and BBC Ulster, and has worked with choral societies and ensembles both in the UK and abroad. In May, she is looking forward to performing Bach’s solo alto cantata ‘Ich habe genug,’ in London directed by Ashley Stafford. In addition to singing, and to make sure she doesn’t have too much free time, Laura manages Kensington Olympia Festival of Music and the Arts, a charity based in London which provides a platform for young musicians.
Laura Lamph - Irene
Theodora will mark tenor Matthew Keighley's fifth concert season with Sestina. He is currently a Lay Clerk at Gloucester Cathedral where he enjoys a wealth of musical experiences including CD and radio recordings, concerts, recitals, tours and the annual Three Choirs Festival. Outside of his Cathedral commitments, Matthew is in growing demand as a soloist - recent performance highlights include Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 with London Oriana Choir, Bach's St.John Passion (arias) with Lincoln Cathedral Choir and Britten's Saint Nicolas with Newent Choral Society. Matthew performs regularly with professional groups in London. He is also a member of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum and a graduate of the prestigious Genesis Sixteen, a training scheme run by internationally renowned choir The Sixteen and its director, Harry Christophers.