Tenebrae is proud to introduce its 2017-18 Associate Artists:
Bethany Partridge (Soprano)
Having 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 continuing 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.
Elisabeth Paul (Alto)
Originally from Lichfield, Staffordshire, Elisabeth began singing at the age of seven when she joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus. During her eleven years in the choir, she toured Sweden and Malaysia and performed in several BBC Proms, most notably in 2002 as part of the massed children’s choir in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. In 2013, Elisabeth graduated with an honours degree in Music from Royal Holloway, University of London. Alongside her studies, she sang as a Choral Scholar with the Choir of Royal Holloway with whom she recorded for Hyperion Records, toured to the USA and widely around Europe, and appeared as a soloist on BBC Radio 3’s Choral Evensong broadcasts. She was also a regular soloist for the college’s Early Music Society and the Big Band, ‘Undergraduated’.
Now based in London, Elisabeth enjoys a busy career as a freelance consort singer, soloist, and choir administrator. She sings professionally with a number of ensembles including The Tallis Scholars, Polyphony, The Erebus Ensemble, Sansara, Seraphim Consort, and St Martin’s Voices, and is a permanent member of the Choir of St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square. Elisabeth is an alumna of Genesis Sixteen, the choral training programme run by The Sixteen and supported by the Genesis Foundation, and she held a choral scholarship at St Martin-in-the-Fields for the academic year 2013/14. She is delighted to be an Associate Artist with Tenebrae for 2017/18 and is looking forward to working with the group over the coming year.
Recent solo engagements include Handel’s Messiah with Stafford Choral Society, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bach’s St John Passion, Magnificat, and B Minor Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Named roles include First Witch and Sailor in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Away from the singing world, Elisabeth enjoys travelling and hiking up various mountains, and can sometimes be found cheering on her beloved AFC Wimbledon (come on you Dons!).
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 and will undertake many projects with the choir this season. 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.
Owain Park (Bass)
Owain Park, born in 1993, is a composer, conductor and singer based in the United Kingdom. His works are published by Novello and have been performed internationally by ensembles including the Tallis Scholars, the Aurora Ensemble and the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir. Notably, Tenebrae were delighted to commission Owain to write a unique new choral work to celebrate the choir’s 15th anniversary season, Footsteps, which allows singers of all abilities the opportunity to perform live alongside Tenebrae in concert. Owain is a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO), and was formerly Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral and Trinity College Cambridge.
Owain began as a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol, before joining the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. He was assistant conductor of the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir from 2012-2014 and was recently appointed as Cambridge Chorale’s new Music Director. Owain also founded and directs The Gesualdo Six, a vocal consort performing an eclectic mix of renaissance and modern works. The ensemble were St John’s Smith Square Young Artists and have since appeared in the Christmas and Holy Week Festivals. As a singer, he has worked with ensembles including Polyphony, the Dunedin Consort and Alamire.
Owain’s compositions have been awarded first prize in a number of national and international competitions, including those organised by the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), Reverie, the Phoenix Singers’, the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, the Jackdaws Music Trust, and A Carol for Christmas (in association with the King’s Singers and Classic FM). Recordings of his work have been made by Tenebrae (Nigel Short), ORA (Suzi Digby), the Choir of Wells Cathedral (Matthew Owens) and The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge (Stephen Layton). His chamber opera, The Snow Child, was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in summer 2016, and his compositions have been broadcast on stations including BBC Radios 3 and 4, Classic FM, and around the world. www.owainpark.co.uk
Bernarr Rainbow Trust
Gina and Jamie Broderick
David and Simone Caukill
D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Fenton Arts Trust
Henry C. Hoare Charitable Trust
John S Cohen Foundation