Guernsey Chamber Choir – Alumni
Since its formation in 1982 many of the choir’s and orchestra’s members have gone on to develop international careers, many of them have returned to perform with the choir as guest soloists.
Carys Lane is a versatile soprano combining a career of solo and consort singing which embraces music from Hildegard of Bingen to the present day.
Her solo work has included much of the baroque repertoire in venues across Europe for such conductors as Sir Roger Norrington, Robert King, Ivan Fischer and Harry Christophers. Her work for Paul McCreesh has included Handel’s Solomon, Carissimi’s Jepthe, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, performances of Purcell’s Fairy Queen, King Arthur and Dido and Aeneas, Monteverdi’s Combatimento di Tancredi e Clorinda in Venice, and two appearances at the Proms in Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Monteverdi’s Lamento della Ninfa.
She has appeared for The Opera Group, creating the role of ‘Crow’ in Edward Dudley Hughes’ opera, The Birds at the Buxton Festival. Following her performance, she was invited to return to Buxton to play Melisse in Gluck’s Armide. Other opera roles include Lady Rich (Glorianna) and Euridice (Orpheo), both for Richard Hickox, and Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutti). She was part of the celebrated production, The Full Monteverdi, directed by John la Bouchardiere, a DVD of which was released last year to critical acclaim.
As a solo artist, Carys has recorded the Mozart Requiem for Warner Classics, Purcell and Vivaldi for Naxos, and Vaughan Williams for Chandos, and has made over 90 discs with ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars, The Cardinall’s Musick, The Gabrieli Consort, The Clerks and I Fagiolini.
Most recently she has recorded the role of First Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on the Chandos label.
She is a regular performer at the Three Choirs Festival, premiering works by Michael Finnessy and Anthony Powers.
Having sung John McCabe’s Notturni ed Alba in 2007, this year Carys returns to the festival to perform another work by John MacCabe – Songs of the Garden.
Rachel Van der Tang
Ulster Orchestra - tutti (1993-1996)
Academy of St. Martin in the fields BBC Concert Orchestra
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Britten Sinfonia
City of London Sinfonia English Classical Players
English National Opera Guildford Philharmonic
London Mozart Players Mozart Festival Orchestra
New London Orchestra Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square
Birmingham Royal Ballet Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Scottish Ballet Sinfonia 21
Ulster Orchestra Welsh National Opera
Brahms Double - Guernsey Symphony Orchestra (1992 & 2000)
Elgar - Guernsey Symphony Orchestra (1990 & 2002)
Vivaldi - in G minor, & C minor, & concerto for two cellos
Also plays regularly in chamber groups, and West End shows
Andrew Lawrence King
Andrew is recognised as one of Europe's leading early music artists, leader of The Harp Consort and the rising new star of the baroque scene as conductor 'from the continuo' of orchestras, choirs and staged operas.
His musical career began as Head Chorister at the Cathedral & Parish Church of St Peter Port, Guernsey. He won an Organ Scholarship to Selwyn College, Cambridge and subsequently studied Voice and Continuo at the London Early Music Centre, where his teachers included Emma Kirkby, Roger Norrington and Nigel Rogers.
He took up the harp quite by chance, and in the absence of a modern school of baroque harp-playing, taught himself to play, using period treatises and iconography. He quickly established himself in London, performing and recording with nearly all the leading specialist ensembles: he has made over 100 recordings of music ranging from Troubadour lyrics (with Paul Hillier for ECM) to new music for early harp (John Paul Jones' 'Amores Pasados' with The Harp Consort for DHM) and including two accounts of the Handel Harp Concerto - with The Sixteen, and with Andrew Parrott's Taverner Players.
After six years as harpist and keyboard player with the baroque ensemble Tragicomedia, for whom he created many musical arrangements and concert programmes, most recently a recording of Anna Magdalena Bach's 'Notenbuch', Andrew Lawrence-King formed his own ensemble, THE HARP CONSORT in 1994. Taking its inspiration from the original 17th century 'Consorte' created by Charles I, The Harp Consort is a mixed vocal and instrumental ensemble that brings together world-class soloists in various line-ups, according to the repertoire being performed.
The Harp Consort's combination of detailed historical research with the dramatic spontaneity of improvised performance won them instant critical acclaim. Their debut recording, Ribayaz's 17th century collection of dance music from Spain, Italy, South America and Africa, 'Luz y Norte' forms the basis of a baroque stage show of improvised music and dance. Luz y Norte toured America for the first time in 1996, and will be given at Australia's Brisbane Festival and in the Sydney Opera House in 97.
Andrew Lawrence-King's schedule for performances - solo, with The Harp Consort and as a guest conductor - takes him this season to Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Scandinavia and Japan. The Harp Consort have two US tours as well as a busy recording schedule, turning their attention now also to medieval music. DHM has recently released their second CD, CAROLAN'S HARP: dances, airs and laments by Turlough O'Carolan, "the chief musician of all Ireland".