Tenebrae is proud to introduce its Associate Artists for 2023-24.
Áine Smith – Soprano
Born in South Wales, Áine began singing with the Nidus Children’s Choir, based in Cwmbran. With this group, she performed a number of times at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, and in 2015, competed in the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, winning a silver medal. Áine read Music at Merton College Oxford, graduating in 2021 with a first-class degree. In 2022, Áine graduated with Distinction from an Masters of Studies in Musicology at Merton, where her research concerned the status of the body in musical contexts. Through her time at Oxford, Áine held a choral scholarship with the Merton College Choir, as well as singing with various other groups like the Magdalen College Consort of Voices and Schola Cantorum. Now based in London, Áine is enjoying building a professional portfolio. Over the last year, Áine was a member of the Genesis Sixteen scheme, and studies singing with Giles Underwood.
Áine is a keen ambassador for access into higher education, and works through various platforms as a mentor for students from state-educated backgrounds aspiring to study Music at university. She is excited to continue working in Tenebrae’s target schools to facilitate broader access into choral music and beyond.
Rachel Haworth – Soprano
Rachel is a Soprano from Lancashire. She received her musical tuition at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department before going on to read English at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge where she was also an Organ Scholar and sang with the University Chamber Choir. After graduating, Rachel was the Graduate Assistant Organist at Sidney Sussex from 2015-2016 and then sang with the Choir of Clare College the following year, when she took up the position of Choir Administrator.
Rachel joined St Martin-in-the-Fields in September 2019 as a choral scholar and was then appointed a Fellowship with St Martin’s Voices from 2020 to 2021. She was also a choral scholar at St Saviour’s Church, Pimlico. She now enjoys a busy performing, touring and recording schedule with groups such as Tenebrae, the BBC Singers, Alamire and Ex Cathedra. Alongside singing, Rachel is a Visiting Music Teacher of Organ, Piano and Singing at The Leys School in Cambridge and also works as a freelance organist and accompanist.
Anna Semple – Mezzo
Anna Semple is a mezzo-soprano and composer based in London. Having finished her Masters in Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2021, she currently freelances alongside her position in the choir of All Saints, Margaret Street, and as a Teacher-Singer with Pimlico Musical Foundation, where she also teaches violin and music theory. Anna sings for a number of concert groups including Tenebrae, Ex Cathedra, SANSARA and The Carice Singers, and is an alumna of Genesis 16 and the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge.
As a composer, recent commissions include works for the Royal Opera House, Waterperry Opera Festival, The Sixteen, The Marian Consort, and Wells Cathedral. Alongside her collaborator, Emily Collinson, Anna is one half of Sol Pont – a multi-disciplinary arts company exploring collaboration and improvisation within a variety of creative contexts.
Jack Granby – Tenor
Jack started singing at Birkenhead School on the Wirral in the school chapel choir. He then read Biochemistry at Oxford University, where he sang as a choral scholar in the Exeter College Chapel Choir. After graduating, Jack enjoyed 2 years as a lay clerk in the choir of Magdalen College, before taking the plunge in 2018 moving to London to pursue work as a freelance musician. Since then, Jack has sung for many of the prominent church choirs across London, singing regularly at the Temple Church, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral.
He also enjoys working with ensembles such as Ex Cathedra, Siglo de Oro and The Carice Singers, amongst other project-based work. Outside of singing, Jack is passionate about the coffee industry, having worked for Old Spike Roastery in Peckham. As well as singing and coffee, Jack enjoys golf, tennis and is working through the entirety of the Dishoom cookbook.
George Vines – Bass-Baritone
George Vines is a bass-baritone from South Wales, now living in London. His love of choral singing began with Welsh charity choir Only Kids Aloud, accompanying Bryn Terfel on tour to South Africa. On his birthday a month later, he was given his first ever classical CD – a copy of Tenebrae’s Russian Treasures.
At Cambridge, George learned with Mark Wildman and Alex Ashworth. He graduated in 2022 with a double first in Natural Sciences, having sung for three years in the Choir of St John’s College under Andrew Nethsingha. George sang close harmony with the Gents of St John’s and the King’s Men. After graduation, George was appointed as VOCES8’s 2022-23 bass scholar. His international solo debut was for Bach’s Mass in B Minor with John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir at the Palace of Versailles, broadcast on French TV. His teacher is Berty Rice.
When not singing, George is a policy adviser at HM Treasury. In his spare time, George is a keen linguist, having studied Russian to A-Level. He also enjoys cycling, which culminated in a 1,000km ride through the Sahara in 2022.
Jonathan Pratt – Bass
Jonathan grew up in West Norwood, South London and began singing aged six in the choir of St Barnabas, Dulwich under William McVicker and Riccardo Bonci, before joining the chapel choir at Dulwich College aged 16. He then went on to read German and Italian at St Hilda’s College, Oxford University, graduating in 2022 with a First class degree. Jonathan spent four successful years singing in the choir of the Queen’s College under Owen Rees, alongside a three-year stint with vocal jazz ensemble The Oxford Gargoyles. Since graduating, he has performed regularly with Tenebrae and other professional choirs such as Continuum and the Delius Singers, in several eminent church choirs across London, the jazz group Sixth Sense, and as a soloist with the Dulwich Community Choir. Jonathan has also appeared on many recordings in a range of genres, including everything from early music to video games.
Outside of choral singing, Jonathan has worked in automotive translation, and enjoys playing the piano and tenor saxophone and listening to a huge range of musical genres. A staunch supporter of the Arsenal, he also loves his football and enjoys playing weekly in the fiercely contested Brixton 5 aside league. Aside from singing and football, Jonathan speaks six languages, loves cooking, mountains and spending time with his dog, Bertie.