Festival Performers

PerformerYears Performed
Ad Libitum20192019
Léa-Yoanna Adam20222022
Marie-Claire Alain2007Born into a family of musicians who were both organists and composers, Marie-Claire Alain has devoted her entire life in the service of music and the organ in memory of her family, her father Albert Alain, the founder of the dynasty and her brothers Jehan et Olivier. Since the 1960s, she has successfully completed the publication of their entire works, which she plays, records and teaches in every continent.

Her career as a concert artist very early revealed a performer who is considered in America as “the First Lady of the Organ”. She has given more than 2500 recitals all over the world, and holds the record for the largest number of records sold, with three and a half complete recordings of all of Bach’s works, and all the great classical and symphonic organ works from Grigny to Messiaen including Mendelssohn, Franck, Widor and, of course, Albert et Jehan Alain.

An exacting interpreter, seeking authenticity, she has been feted and honoured everywhere, collecting awards (among others she is a Commander of the Légion d’Honneur) and honorary doctorates from numerous universities throughout the world.

Always in quest of the absolute and of beauty, she has trained generations of pupils. She was herself a pupil of Jean Langlais, who taught her the art of improvisation, and a shared affection united them throughout their lives.
2007
Malcolm Archer2007 - 2022Malcolm Archer, organist, conductor and composer, is renowned as one of the foremost church musicians of his generation. From 2004 to 2007 he was Organist and Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and, prior to that, he was organist and Master of Choristers at Wells Cathedral for eight years as well as being the musical director of Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society.

Born in 1952, Malcolm was educated at King Edward VII School, Lytham before studying at the Royal College of Music (where he was an RCO scholar) and Jesus College Cambridge where he was organ scholar. He studied organ with Ralph Downes, Gillian Weir and Nicolas Kynaston, and composition with Herbert Sumsion and Alan Ridout. Malcolm is a prolific composer with well over 200 published works, many of which have been broadcast on BBC radio and TV. He is currently in charge of the chapel music at Winchester College, and he combines this work with an extensive recital and composing career. Malcolm is also an examiner and council member of the Royal College of Organists and an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Malcolm has given organ concerts in many European countries, Canada and the USA, where he is in demand as a director of choral workshops and courses. He has played at most principal venues in the UK and has recorded extensively on the Hyperion, Cantoris and Lammas labels. Malcolm directed the Summer Choral Course at the Langlais Festival in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

For further information, see www.malcolmarcher.com.
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2022
Sylvie Becdelièvre20122012
David Bednall2007 - 2018David is a busy composer and organist, combining an extensive freelance career with the position of Sub Organist at Bristol Cathedral and PhD Studies at the University of Bristol. He studied with Dr. Naji Hakim and David Briggs and between 2002 and 2007 was at Wells Cathedral, initially as Sub Organist and then as Assistant Organist.

Born in 1979, David studied in Sherborne and then at the Queen’s College, Oxford where he was Organ Scholar. He was a prize-winner in Improvisation and Performance at the examination for Fellow of The Royal College of Organists in 2002, and has given recitals at L’Église de La Trinité, Paris, Westminster, St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and last year’s Langlais Centenary Festival in Brittany.

He has performed all the major works of Olivier Messiaen as part of the Liturgical Year. His debut solo CD for Lammas of Hakim, Messiaen and Vierne at Blackburn Cathedral, and CD of liturgical improvisations with Malcolm Archer, have both received excellent critical reviews. David has also appeared as stunt-organist on the BBC TV series Dr. Who!

Wells Cathedral Choir under Matthew Owens has recorded a critically acclaimed CD of his choral music entitled ‘Hail, gladdening light’ for Regent Records which was Editor’s Choice in ‘Gramophone’. Recent work has included Missa Sancti Pauli commissioned by St Paul’s Cathedral for the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, commissions for Opus Anglicanum and the Jean Langlais Festival and his ‘Requiem’, which was premièred in London in November 2008.

David has visited the Langlais Festival for the past six years.

For further information, see www.davidbednall.com.
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Helmut Binder20172017
Marie-Louise Bothmann20092009
Anne Robert - Jacques Boucher2018For more than 20 years, violinist Anne Robert and organist Jacques Boucher have performed to widespread acclaim in prestigious concert series devoted to the organ and to chamber music with organ.

Throughout Europe, the United States, Bermuda and Canada, the two musicians have presented a wide range of emotionally-involving repertoire that reflects their interests in all musical genres. They take great pains to ensure that their choices are accessible, while opening up new horizons for music-lovers.

Separately and together, they appear in over 80 recordings that reflect their ongoing search for original works and the eclectic nature of the repertoire for their respective instruments, whether singly or in combination. The rich spectrum of sounds created by the rare combination of organ and violin has been widely noted, as the multiple colours of the organ either merge with, or enrich, the sound of the violin.

Anne Robert, violin, and Jacques Boucher, organ, a true musical feast!
2018
Marie-Paule Bourdin20192019
Mélanie Brugalé2008, 2011Mélanie began to study the piano at the age of 7 with l’Abbé Yves Perrault. She continued her musical training at the school of Saint Michel in Pleine- Fougères and then at the Conservatoire of Saint Malo in the class of Cécile Collin-Paris where she gained her médaille (DEM) in 2002. She then studied with Michel Bourcier, Damien Simon and finally with François Ménissier at the Conservatoire of Rennes.

This year Mélanie has been teaching music in various colleges in l’Orne. At the same time she directs vocal and instrumental ensembles : the Villager Voices (35) and the Ensemble Vocal Chorus (61).
2008 2011
Camerata2015, 20162015 2016
Camerata Coral Universidad de Cantabria2007Camerata Coral Universidad de Cantabria from the University of Cantabria is a chamber choir of 25 people of all ages, who sing music from the Renaissance to the present day both « à capella » and accompanied.

Their programmes are devoted to sacred music, for example the music of the Bach family, Handel, Haydn and Spanish Baroque music. They have also recorded contemporary works, for example ‘Mère Prometeo’ by the Cantabrian composer, Juanjo Mier.

Camerata’s investigative approach means that they work with prestigious musicologists to revive Spain’s musical heritage which is still to be found in its cathedrals, libraries and monasteries.

Camerata Coral Universidad de Cantabria has collaborated with the Camerata Musicale de Bâle, the Baroque Orchestra of the Royal College of Music, Les Nations d’Amsterdam, Avantage Mvsica Antiqva de Madrid, l’Orchestre Baroque de Montauban, l’Orchestre de Chambre Arriaga de Bilbao, l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Asturies, l’Orchestre Symphonique de RTVE.

Under the direction of Raul Suarez Garcia, they have toured abroad in England, Belgium and Italy with programmes featuring the Spanish Baroque.

For further information, see camerata.unican.es.
2007
Samuel Carré2007. 20152007. 2015
Chœur de l’Académie2008 - 20182008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Chœur du Collège Saint André d’Antrain20222022
Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London2007Royal Holloway is a college of the University of London and has approximately 7,000 students based just outside London in Egham, Surrey. Founded in 1886 the College is housed in an outstanding Victorian building inspired in design by a grand French chateau. Contained within this Founders Building are a beautiful gilded chapel with sculptures by Ceccardo Fucigna and a picture gallery housing one of the finest collections of Victorian paintings.

The Chapel Choir was created at the time of the foundation of Royal Holloway in 1886. It started as a choir for women’s voices and became a mixed choir in 1965, when the first male students entered Royal Holloway. For 120 years the Choir has sung the Daily Morning Service in the College Chapel as well as the Sunday Evening Service. The Choir has made 14 CD recordings and over 25 tours to most European Countries, singing in some of the world’s best churches and cathedrals.

There are currently twenty Choral Scholars in the College Choir and many combine their scholarship with deputy work singing in the major church and cathedral choirs in London. Past scholars have gone on to sing in opera (WNO and ENO) and in ensembles including The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars and The Clerkes of Oxenford. Past members of the choir also include international soloists Dame Felicity Lott and Susan Bullock.

Recent activities for the choir have included live Easter broadcasts for BBC radio and a new recording made in Douai Abbey. This year they will be recording the choral works of American composer Carson P. Cooman for release on the Naxos label. The choir is also regularly asked to sing services in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle as well as making concert appearances around the UK. Recent tours include Latvia, where they performed live on television and gave a performance in Bauska Castle for the Twelve International Early Music Festival in Riga. This summer they will be giving concerts in Venice and Florence.

For further information, see www.chapelchoir.co.uk.
2007
Choir of St Mary’s Church, Warwick2007The first evidence of a choir at St Mary’s Church dates from 1123, when the Earl of Warwick established the Collegiate Church and in doing so provided for six boy choristers and six ‘vicars choral’. This remained the situation until 1544, when King Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the college. Although he had destroyed the choir-school, King Henry founded what is now the Warwick School, which then provided choristers at the church until well into the 17th century.

Today’s choir comprises twenty-one boys and sixteen men. The boys are drawn from a variety of local schools, and some travel to sing at St Mary’s from as far afield as Coventry (ten miles north of Warwick) and Stratford-upon-Avon (ten miles south of Warwick). The choir sings two choral services in St Mary’s Church on Sundays, and the gentlemen also sing Evensong each Friday. There are additional services such as weddings, funerals, major church festivals and civic services throughout the year, and the choir also gives a concert towards the end of each school term.

The choir regularly engages in residencies at cathedrals and major churches around the United Kingdom, including Westminster Abbey in 2001 and Winchester Cathedral in 2002, and it also undertakes tours abroad. Recent visits have included Hungary in July 2004, the Netherlands in July 2005, and plans are under way for a tour to the Czech Republic in 2006 for the Girls’ Choir and the gentlemen of St Mary’s Choir.

St Mary’s Choir was directed by Katherine Dienes until 2008, when she moved to Guildford to become the first female director of music in an English cathedral.

For further information, see www.stmaryswarwick.org.uk.
2007
Chorale Les Amis de Jean Langlais2007, 2008, 2011 - 2017, 20192007 2008 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2019
Margit-Lykke Christensen2007, 2009, 2013Margit Lykke Christensen trained as a doctor, but also had singing lessons while she was training. Engaged by Copenhagen Royal Opera in 1992, she has since had a successful career as a soloist with numerous concerts in Scandinavia, Germany and France. Church music interests her most of all, especially the contemporary French repertoire.

Having discovered the works of Jean Langlais, she studied them with Marie-Louise Langlais, and she often sings the ‘Missa in simplicitate’ in concert, the high point of her recitals. In preparation for the centenary in 2007, she recorded a CD devoted wholly to Jean Langlais at the Jesuskirke in Copenhague, with Eva Ostergaard, flute, and Marie-Louise Langlais and Sylvie Mallet, organ.
2007 2009 2013
Kevin Colas20152015
Kevin Collard20072007
Consortium Musicum Divertimento2014 - 2016The Consortium Musicum Divertimento is an ad hoc choir and symphony orchestra, consisting of about 80 professional and amateur musicians. In 2018 the group will go abroad for 5 concerts from July 14th until July 21st for the 41st consecutive year. Two soloist concerts and three concerts with choir, orchestra and soloists. Next year we go to the Czech Republic for the second time and the company in the North West Bohemia will take part in concerts. The combination of camping and music making makes for a unique way of holiday celebrating.

The group, which counts participants from all regions of the country has its home base in Breda. The musical direction is in the hands of Rienk Bakker and Rick Muselaers.
2014 2015 2016
Léa Costard20222022
Delos Consort20152015
Katherine Dienes-Williams20142014
Mark Dukes2010, 20112010 2011
École de Musique du Pays de Fougères20072007
Ensemble In Contrà 2019Ensemble In Contrà are an a capella group from Trieste, Italy, directed by Roberto Brisotto. They perform a varied repertoire from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the present day.2019
Benjamin Frost2009Ben studied music at Exeter University, was Organ Scholar at Exeter Cathedral and became an associate of the Royal College of Organists. After University he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where his tutors included Gordon Back and Graham Johnson, and he trained as a repetiteur at the National Opera Studio.

Ben has worked with the BBC, Lesley Garrett, Nelly Miricioiu, Marianne Cornetti, Sally Matthews, English National Opera, European Chamber Opera, The Opera Group, Opera Circus, Opera Omnibus, First Act International Opera, Floral Opera, and Opera Mint. His experience as an accompanist and chorus master ranges from silent films at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, to The Boy Friend, Cabaret, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and several rarely performed operas with Chelsea Opera Group. He has also accompanied the London Symphony Chorus, the London Philharmonic Chorus and the BBC Singers.

Ben is currently working as a freelance repetiteur with English National Opera and is also Assistant Director of Music at St. Luke’s, Chelsea. He has recently been appointed Interim Assistant Chorus Master at English National Opera. He has also appeared on In Tune for Radio 3 and Operatunity for Channel 4. He has given many organ recitals, including Exeter and Bristol Cathedrals and Westminster Abbey. His conducting experience includes Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Stanley Hall Opera and concerts with the Occam Singers.
2009
Raul Suarez Garcia20072007
Loic Georgeault20142014
Girls’ Choir of Guildford Cathedral20142014
Rupert Gough2007Rupert Gough leads a busy career as both a conductor and organ recitalist combining his role as Director of Choral Music and College Organist at Royal Holloway, University of London, with numerous concert engagements.

Rupert began his musical training as a chorister at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace and at the Purcell School on a piano scholarship. He subsequently held Organ Scholarships at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, Rochester Cathedral, and Norwich Cathedral before spending 11 years as Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral. Rupert appeared regularly with the choir in concerts all over the world, on the radio, television and can be heard on many different recording labels including six discs for Hyperion. Rupert is committed to performing new music and has premièred many new compositions, including the first performance of a new work by James MacMillan for the millennium live on BBC Radio 3.

As a solo performer, he has played at most of the major venues across the UK including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey (London). Internationally he has performed widely from St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York to St. Sulpice in Paris. During 2001 he won Third Prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition. Rupert is particularly renowned for his work in combination with the violin as a member of the Gough Duo. The Duo’s annual American tours have taken them all over the U.S.A. from Dallas to New York and Florida to Alaska. Their recordings have proved to be very popular and they have had many new compositions written for them. The American Record Guide wrote of their debut recording: ‘The playing is spectacular, the music is wonderful and the recording is superb.’

His work with orchestras includes appearing at the Teatro Municipal in San Paulo, Brazil, with the City of London Sinfonia, The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2006 Hong Kong Arts Festival, and premiering a specially commissioned work for violin, organ and orchestra in festivals in Italy during the summer of 2004. At home he has performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Virtuosi of London and the London Festival Orchestra and recorded with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rupert enjoys regular orchestral and choral conducting with various traditional and period instrument ensembles and has been fortunate to direct many distinguished soloists including Julian Lloyd Webber (Elgar ‘Cello Concerto), Wayne Marshall (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue), James Bowman and Emma Kirkby. He is the Founding Musical Director of the Sheldon Consort, a professional chamber choir based in the West of England. During 2006 he will be directing different choral groups in tours of Belgium, Slovenia and Latvia as well as directing a number of Mozart programmes in the UK with Emma Kirkby as soloist.

What the critics say:
‘Rupert Gough’s organ accompaniments are exemplary.’ (BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2005)
‘Playing like this cannot be bettered’ (The Organ Magazine, 2006)
‘The playing is spectacular, the music is wonderful, and the recording is superb.’ (American Record Guide, January 2001)
‘In Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, Rupert Gough played with great panache’ (Eastern Daily Press)

For further information, see www.rupertgough.co.uk and www.goughduo.co.uk.
2007
Hilary Llystyn Jones2011, 2012, 2016, 2017Born in Llandudno, North Wales, Hilary studied singing, piano and harp at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, and continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Noelle Barker.

Hilary has taught the choral scholars and students of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and young singers in the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music. She has devoted herself to the training of boys’ and girls’ voices, teaching the Cathedral Choristers of England’s major cathedrals. She is the only female who does this specialised training with so many different choirs in England.

Hilary has worked with David Hill for over 17 years both at Westminster and Winchester Cathedrals, as well as assisting with the voicing of the London Bach Choir, of which he is director. She was vocal coach to the City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus from 1995 – 2000 and since 1992 several choristers trained by Hilary have won or been finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year. The 2003 and 2004 winners were all taught by Hilary.

Her growing reputation has taken her on regular visits abroad, to Rattvik in Sweden as vocal coach to the Boys Choir Festival, where she worked alongside Sir David Willcocks, and to Bergen Cathedral in Norway, where she has been assisting Asbjorn Flam with the boys’ choir.

Hilary is co-author of “GivingVoice”, a book on choir training and conducting, published by Kevin Mayhew. She also contributed to a Swedish book by Staffan Liljas entitled “Gosskorboken” about choral training. Her latest publication project, “Girls’ Developing Voices” was written for the RSCM’s “Voice for Life” scheme.
2011 2012 2016 2017
Kammerkoret Audite2010Kammerkoret Audite is a chamber choir from Denmark. Founded in 1983, they sing Danish and international choral music, both a cappella and with organ and orchestra. The choir performs regularly in the Copenhagen area and throughout Denmark, and they have made numerous concert tours abroad, including to Scotland, the Faroe Islands and most recently in 2008 to Gotland in Sweden.

Audite are conducted by Beate Willma, who has worked at opera houses in Stuttgart and London, as a researcher and university lecturer at King’s College London and as a choir conductor, organist and singer in Stuttgart, London and Copenhagen.

Audite’s recent major performances include Fauré Requiem, Dvorák Mass in D, Haydn Kleine Orgelmesse, Mozart Misericordias Domini, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Fynsk forår (Springtime in Funen) by Carl Nielsen and ‘The Spring’ from Haydn’s The Seasons. 2009 saw the performance of two of J. S. Bach’s Double Motets and Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor for double choir.

Audite will be singing a programme of Scandinavian romantic choral music, including works by Grieg and Nielsen.

For further information, see www.audite.dk.
2010
Kamarikuoro Kaamos20222022
Alex Kirkland20222022
Claude Langlais2012Born on the 16th December (like Beethoven), given the christian name Claude (like Debussy), raised in the home of Jean Langlais where he lived until he was 20 plus, Claude Langlais seemed to be destined for a career in music. After only two organ lessons with his father, he often deputised for him on the organ of Sainte Clotilde in Paris. During a tour of the United States, he unexpectedly stood in for an organist who couldn’t master the organ part at the world premiere of Psalm 150 for organ, choir and brass at Boys Town (Nebraska), and as a result was given the freedom of this town of delinquents, something of which he is very proud! But, having studied engineering, his professional life was taken up with waves, tides, rivers and ports. Then in 1980 he settled down with his family in the Charente to set up a building business. Feeling nostalgic for music, he began to take piano lessons again and from then on has given numerous concerts with his teacher and friend, Frédéric Ledroit.

On the occasion of this new edition of the festival in La Fontenelle, he has accepted the invitation to collaborate with Colin Spinks in a concert for piano and organ, as a tribute to his father, to thank Brenda and her team for their hard work and to remember the holidays he spent here with his grandmother.
2012
Marie-Louise Langlais2007, 2010, 2014Marie-Louise Jaquet-Langlais was born in Casablanca in 1943. After graduating with a law degree from the University of Strasbourg, she studied organ with Jean Langlais at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where in 1969 she gained the diploma for virtuosity and improvisation. At the same time she completed a master’s degree in musicology at the Institute of Musicology in Paris.

She became organist at the Temple Saint Jean de Mulhouse and then assistant to Jean Langlais at Sainte Clotilde in Paris.

Marie-Louise married Jean Langlais in 1979. She has since devoted herself to teaching organ and she has taught at the National Conservatoire of the Region of Marseille, the Schola Cantorum and the National Conservatoire in Paris, where she is currently professor of organ.

She is an expert in the Sainte Clotilde School (Franck, Tournemire and Langlais) and, in 1995, she published a book devoted to Jean Langlais, Ombre et Lumière, (Editions Combre) for which she was awarded a special prize from the French Institute in 1999.

Marie-Louise Langlais with Jean LanglaisMarie-Louise is frequently invited to be a member of the juries of international organ competitions, and she has made numerous recordings of Langlais’ music.
2007 2010 2014
Lansdown Consort2016 - 20182016 2017 2018
Véronique Le Guen2013, 20162013 2016
Anne-Catherine Leissen-Botrel20142014
Les Petits Choristes de La Fontenelle2007This group of young singers was formed in 2005 in La Fontenelle under the direction of Brenda Dean in order to take part in the first Langlais Festival. Aged between 6 and 17, they sang three songs with great success in the village church of Saint-Samson. A very enthusiastic choir, they continued to improve in 2006 and were able to sing eight songs, including a piece by Jean Langlais.

Les Petits Choristes de La Fontenelle sang in three concerts for the centenary celebrations.
2007
Elsebeth Lund2009Born in Copenhagen, Elsebeth Lund trained as a singer at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music and at the Copenhagen School of Opera.

She was a soloist with the Royal Danish Opera Company for 25 years, where she sang the roles of Susanna, Cherubino and Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, and Zerlina and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni by Mozart, Mimi in La Bohème and Lui in Turandot by Puccini and Flosshilde in The Valkyries by Wagner.

Elsebeth has been seen on Danish television in Le Mascerade by the Danish composer, Carl Nielson, and she has given many recitals in the Faroe Islands, in Iceland, Sweden, Norway and the Virgin Islands.

Elsebeth was made a Knight of the Order of Dannebrog by the Queen of Denmark.
2009
Sylvie Mallet2010, 20142010 2014
Luca Massaglia20132013
Stefania Mettadelli20142014
Sandrine Moinard-Lemahieu2011
Sandrine began to study the oboe at the Rennes Conservatoire at the age of 14. She gained her Médaille (DEM) in oboe in 2005 at the Conservatoire of Saint Brieuc in Boris Pamouktiev’s class, and in 2007 the Médaille in chamber music at the Conservatoire of Puy-en-Velay. During her training she played in several ensembles, having started out in the Ars Juvenis orchestra directed by her teacher Louis Dumontier at the Lycée de l’Assomption in Rennes. Sandrine is a music teacher in Marseille.
2011
Klervi and Soasig Muller20072007
Pandora2011Vokalensemble Pandora is an exciting new “a cappella” eight-voice group from Copenhagen, Denmark. Its members trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the State Music Academy Stuttgart, the Copenhagen Boys’ Choir, Roskilde School of Sacred Music and privately with John Guttman, Sten Byriel, Anne Rosing-Schouw and Charles Brett.

They have sung in some of Denmark and Europe’s leading chamber choirs, performing in prominent concert venues in Copenhagen, singing for the Danish Queen and going on concert tours worldwide with Kammerkoret Camerata, Tivolis Koncertkor, Copenhagen Boys’ Choir, Kammerchor Stuttgart and the New London Chamber Choir.

All of the singers are professional musicians. Some are solo singers who give recitals in Denmark and Europe and have new pieces composed for them. Others are organists and choral conductors working in the church or in the theatre as dramatists and music researchers.

Vokalensemble Pandora was founded by the singers themselves so that they could develop their musical tastes within a small choral ensemble. They take their name from Pandora, one of the many female goddesses in Greek mythology. Today, Pandora’s notorious box has become part of our culture. We wish to open it again and again to see what will come out of it. What will be evil and what will be good? What will be the essence of Pandora’s gifts?

Vokalensemble Pandora will be touring in Denmark and Brittany during the summer of 2011. They will sing a varied programme of European and Scandinavian “a cappella” music of the 16th century through to the present day, which will explore the paradoxes of pain and beauty.
2011
Pigtown Fling2008, 20092008 2009
Paul Provost20142014
Anna Pulli-Huomo20222022
Samuel Rathbone20072007
Leonard Reilly 20192019
Aldo Ripoche20162016
Florence Rousseau2014, 20162014 2016
Colin Spinks2007, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2019Colin Spinks directed the Wingrave Singers from 2000 to 2009. Born in 1979 he was an organ scholar at Oxford University where he studied organ with Stephen Farr and David Goode. Since then he has been a pupil of David Briggs (organist emeritus of Gloucester Cathedral and pupil of Jean Langlais).

Colin was the Director of Music at the church of St Mary-le-Strand, London and assistant organist at St Albans, Holborn, London. He is an accomplished accompanist and repetiteur, composer and soloist, often giving concerts in the USA, France and Australia.
2007 2012 2016 2017 2019
Isabella Stabio20142014
Stella Maris20172017
Frantisek Vanicek2010, 2012Organ professor at the University Hradec Králové since 1995, Frantisek Vanicek was born in the Czech Republic in 1969 and was educated at the Conservatory of Pardubice and the Academy of Arts in Prague. He continued his studies at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands and at Charles University in Prague.

Frantisek has won numerous prizes in international organ competitions, notably the first prize at the Czech Music Federation in 1991, second prize at the Arnold Schweitzer International Organ Competition at Deventer in 1991, first prize at the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe in Prague in 1993 and second prize in the J.V.H. Voríšek Organ Competition at Vamberk in 1993.

Frantisek has given many recitals throughout the world, in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, the United States and Japan.
2010 2012
Anne Vataux20132013
Voca’Live2010, 20112010 2011
Eric Wallerand2011, 2016
Eric Wallerand was born in Brest in 1964. He began studying the French Horn at the age of 12 and, having gained his final diploma, he continued studying the instrument to advanced level. In parallel with his musical studies, Eric took a degree in Electrical Engineering, graduating in 1981. Having completed his military service, he began his career as an engineer in Paris in 1988. Since then, Eric has played regularly with many orchestras in the Paris area, giving concerts at Saint Mandéens, the Théâtre de Rungis and with the Orchestre du Conservatoire d’Aubervilliers.
2011 2016
Wingrave Singers2007The Wingrave Singers are based in a village near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, 40 miles north of London. They first sang as a choir in September, 1976 at a harvest evensong in the parish church under the direction of their founder Robert Taylor, whose intention was to bring cathedral-style singing to the village. It was in the following year, amidst celebrations of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, however, that the choir, augmented by members of St Margaret’s Singers of which Robert was a member, performed its first concert.

The Singers’ early years centred on monthly choral evensongs at the parish church as well as regular concerts, often featuring the now world-famous conductor Richard Hickox and members of his orchestra.

In May 1981 the Singers sang a weekend of services at Canterbury Cathedral, deputising for the cathedral choir whilst it was on holiday. The success of this occasion, both musically and socially, made sure that such cathedral visits became a regular feature of the choir’s itinerary. There are now few English cathedrals that have not benefited from hearing the ‘Wingrave sound’!

Wingrave SingersWhen Robert moved to Hampshire in 1987, he was succeeded as director by Malcolm Bury. Since 1990, when Malcolm moved abroad, the choir has been directed by John Alexander (1990 to 1995), Tim Donaldson (1995 to 1996), Kelvin Turner (1996 to 2000), Colin Spinks (2000 to 2009) and Alexander Campkin (2009 to present). Each has made his own mark, introducing fresh ideas and repertoire and, of course, new friends, whilst endeavouring to maintain the most important traditions: links with the church and community in Wingrave, cathedral visits, accessible local concerts, musical excellence, fun and laughter.

The Wingrave Singers have been the featured choir in the Langlais Festival, having taken part in it since it began in 2005.

The local press have been following the Singers’ performances; see article in the Bucks Herald.
2007
Visa Yrjölä20222022
Martina Ziegert2011, 2016Martina was born in 1979 in Görlitz, East Germany. She studied piano from the age of seven and took part regularly in the “ Jugend Musiziert “ competition in Germany, gaining several first and second prizes.

She began to study organ in 2001 with Chantal de Zeeuw at Aix-en-Provence, and was a pupil of Marie-Louise Langlais at the Paris Conservatoire, where she won First Prize in 2005 and the Diploma of Advanced Studies in 2008. She was the winner of the 7th Biarritz International Organ Competition, and she is now organist in the parishes of Taverny, Beauchamp and Bessancourt (Val d’Oise).

Martina also graduated in Political Sciences and she works for the Salabert Foundation promoting musical culture and the creation of new works.
2011 2016