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Tenebrae Associate Artists 2016-17

Tenebrae is proud to introduce its 2016-17 Associate Artists:

Bethany Partridge (Soprano)

tenebraenov201627Having begun her singing career as a chorister at Exeter Cathedral, Bethany studied music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she was a Senior Academic Scholar and a Choral Scholar under Stephen Layton. Bethany has just completed a fellowship with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain with whom she was a section leader and has performed at the BBC Proms and venues across the world. Bethany regularly sings professionally with Tenebrae, Polyphony and the Gabrieli Consort and looks forward to beginning her Associate Artistship with Tenebrae.

Bethany enjoys performing as a soloist, and recent performances include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle (Musicanti, Paris), Filia in Carissimi’s Jephte (Ensemble Vocale de Pontoise, Paris), Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Handel’s Messiah, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, and one-per-part performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, St John Passion and the Weihnachts-Oratorium with the Amici Voices, of which she is a founding member. Operatic roles have included Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Cobweb in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Second Boy in The Magic Flute.

Bethany is also a keen recitalist and has recently given recitals in Cambridge and Witney on the themes of birdsong and Shakespeare. Besides singing Bethany spends much of her free time baking and running.

Tom Lilburn (Countertenor)


Tom Lilburn graduated in June from St John’s College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar and read Natural Sciences. Tom began singing at the age of seven with the choir of St Alphege Church in Solihull. As a treble he learned with Peter Gregory, performing  regularly, and Tom was a finalist in the 2007 BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year.

Tom was a music and academic scholar at King Edward’s School, Birmingham. He spent his gap year as a choral scholar at Truro Cathedral, studying with Margaret Kingsley. While at University he performed and recorded extensively with St John’s College Choir and sang solo arias during the choir’s Bach Cantata Evensongs. Outside of the college choir he took part in  performances of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and took operatic roles as Athamas in Handel’s Semele and Hamor in Handel’s Jephtha. He also performed many times with the Gentlemen of St John’s.

Tom is currently a Lay Clerk at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He looks forward to combining the Lay Clerkship with the position of Associate Artist, which he expects to be challenging but rewarding. In his spare time, Tom is a keen follower and player of cricket and tennis.


James Robinson (Tenor)


James Robinson has recently graduated from the Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having completed his undergraduate degree in music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. As a choral scholar he appeared on Radio 3 as a soloist, as well as on several CDs, and toured extensively with the choir. Whilst at Guildhall he was commended in the 2014 English Song Prize and received distinction in his final recital. He worked in masterclasses with Toby Spence, Amanda Roocroft and Graham Johnson, as well as appearing in Guildhall’s 2015 opera Le Donne Curiose as Alvise. He is thrilled to have been named as one of Tenebrae’s Associate Artists for 2016/17, and will undertake many projects with the choir this year. He also sings with numerous other professional ensembles in London including Britten Sinfonia, Siglo de Oro and the Hanover Band.

His operatic roles include Acis in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Schoolmaster in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen, Male Chorus in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, and The Madwoman in Britten’s Curlew River. He recently undertook a role in Peter Maxwell-Davies’ last opera The Hogboon with the LSO at the Barbican Concert Hall, under the batton of Sir Simon Rattle. He has recently given recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Liberal Jewish Synagogue and at Milton Court Concert Hall. He fills his spare time by playing football (as an erratic goalkeeper) and following the misfortunes of Charlton Athletic.


2016-17 Associate Artists Supporters
Angus Allnat Charitable Foundation
Garrick Charitable Trust
Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
Henry C. Hoare Charitable Trust
David and Simone Caukill