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A NEW COMMEMORATIVE RECORDING OF THE MUSIC OF WILLIAM PETTER:

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 OUR FIRST RECORDING - 'REGINA COELI' (limited quantities available)

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 OUR SECOND RECORDING -  'INEXPLICABLE SPLENDOUR'  

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                                   1 CD -  £10               3CDs  - £25

1st Class UK             £1.90                      £3.80

Europe                        £4.30                      £5.15

World                          £5.65                      £7.90

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‘Inexplicable Splendour’

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LOTTIE BAGNALL - Director of Music, Soprano (from October 2016) 

Lottie is a freelance soprano, conductor and music teacher. She studied Music at Cambridge University, where she was a choral scholar at Christ's and Jesus Colleges, and furthered her studies at Thames Valley University and the Associated Studios in Hammersmith. She continues to study with Jenny Deakin. Lottie joined the choir of St Magnus-the-Martyr in 2012 and became Director in 2016. Lottie continues to perform as a freelance opera and concert soloist and is in great demand as a choral and consort singer for professional groups all over the UK. She is also a peripatetic music teacher at the Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, Bedford Girls' School and Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory School. She lives in Bedford with her husband Harry Bagnall and their yellow Labrador, Mungo.

 

 

 

JOHN EADY - Organist

John was born in 1976 and studied music at King's College London, the Royal Academy of Music and cello at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Stefan Popov. In 2002 he started to learn the organ with Anne Marsden Thomas at the St Giles International Organ School and in 2006 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He is currently a freelance cellist and organist, manages his string quartet named Four Strings Attached. He has also been a visiting instrumental and theory teacher at Eastbourne College, Battle Abbey School and Lancing College. Since 2008 he has been organist at St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge. In 2012 he won a composition competition at St Paul’s Cathedral with his Pentecost anthem Veni Sancte Spiritus and in 2013 won a further composition competition at Lincoln Cathedral with his eight-part Matin Responsory.

   

 

  BRADLEY SMITH - Tenor

 After studying music as a Choral Scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, Bradley went on to train at the Royal Academy of Music where he    was a prize-winning finalist in the Joan Chissel Prize for Schumann Lieder, winner of the Blythe-Buesst Aria Prize, and winner of the Tom  Hammond Opera Prize.

 Concert performances include Britten's Serenade for Tenor and Horn, Schumann's Liederkreis Op.39, Faure's La bonne chanson at King's  Place,  soloist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio at St John's Smith Square, soloist in the Bach Passions with the Hanover Band and Ex Cathedra, a  reciital  of Schubert Lieder at St Martin-in-the-Fields and soloist in a concert of the music of Henry Purcell at the Cadogan Hall.

 Operatic highlights include Tamino/Die Zauberflöte (LFO Young Artists' Tour), Peter Quint/The Turn of the Screw (Young Artist Opera Holland  Park), and Trojan/Idomeneo (Garsington Opera). With Royal Academy Opera he played Tom Rakewell/The Rake's Progress, the Male  Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia, le Prince Charmant/Cendrillon and le petite vieillard/L'enfant et les sortileges. Bradley was also a member of the  Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus for Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie.

 Following success at the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti, Bradley performed the role of Lelio in  Cesti's Le nozze in sogno as part of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music with performances at the Salzburg Mozarteum.

 Future highlights include the role of Oduardo in Handel's Ariodante in Vienna, Hamburg and Paris, and the role of Albert in Britten's Albert  Herring, at the Buxton Festival this summer.

 http://www.bradleysmith-tenor.co.uk/

                                                           

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

MADELINE SMITH - Alto

Madeline has been singing since the age of 11, when she joined St Paul's Cathedral Junior Choir in Wellington, New Zealand, where she was born. Her first instruments, however, were piano and violin, which she studied from the age of 4 and in which she gained performance diplomas while still at school. After graduating to the adult choir at St Paul's at the age of 15, she joined various small vocal ensembles around Wellington, and also founded a chamber choir - Victoria Voices - at her university, and sang regularly with these groups around New Zealand until she left for the UK in 2003. Since arriving in London, she has sung, toured and recorded with various groups, including the London Gallus Consort, Pegasus chamber choir and Oxford Voices. Whilst working at Westminster Cathedral in her "day job", Madeline has been singing with the professional quartet at St Magnus the Martyr since 2011.

 

 

 GEORGE DYE - Bass 

 George joined the choir of St Magnus the Martyr in 2014. He was a choral scholar at St John's College, Cambridge where he studied singing with David Lowe. He sang principal roles with the Cambridge University Opera Society and Clare   College Opera Society as well as  performing a minor role in Sam  Hogarth's contemporary opera David and Goliath. He also studied at the St Petersburg Conservatory as a student of Mariinsky Artist Sergei Aleksashkin. During this year he sang the National Anthems of England and Russia on the occasion of  HRH Prince Andrew's visit to St Petersburg, and also performed  Winterreise in St Petersburg, Cambridge and in Somerset. George has sung with the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardner as well as for many professional choirs around London. George is also Music  Director of his own male voice quartet Cantores Glastonii, and sings with professional male voice consort  the Gents of London.

 

 A TRIBUTE to William Petter - our former Director of Music and Tenor 

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 William Petter was a freelance choral director, tenor and singing teacher based in London. He began his musical life as a chorister at New College, Oxford, under the direction of Edward Higginbottom.  Whilst  studying  for a degree in Neuroscience at University College, London, he started singing as a tenor, and went on to study as a postgraduate at the Royal Academyof Music, for which he gained the highest award,  distinction with  DipRAM.

 William began singing at St Magnus when the choir was formed in April 2005. He took over as Director of Music is November 2011, and has since directed the choir’s CD's, 'Regina Coeli' and 'Inexplicable Splendour'.  William introduced a regular series of events where amateur singers augment the St Magnus quartet to perform larger scale works for special occasions, most notably the Rossini Stabat Mater on Good Friday 2014.  He also directed the amateur chamber choirs Concordia Voices, based in Hampton Hill, and Sine Nomine Singers in Bickley. As a singer, William enjoyed a variety of work as an oratorio and recital soloist, as well as  singing  for groups including The  Sixteen, the  Choir of the Enlightenment, Philharmonia Voices, Britten Sinfonia Voices, London Voices, Westminster Abbey Choir, Westminster Cathedral Choir and other London  church  choirs.  He also taught singing at Orchard House School and St. Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park, where a splendid Requiem Mass was given in thanksgiving for William and his family, on Tuesday October  18th 2016. Many of his former friends and colleagues were both present and performed at the Mass.

 In the period before his death, Will continued to emerge as a highly talented composer and several of his works are to be recorded in the near future. Will is survived by his wife, Rebecca and baby Rose.

 

 

 

 Other singers/soloists who feature on our CD's:

 Rebecca Lea (soprano)
 
 
 Rebecca features on the choir's second CD, Inexplicable Splendour, on tracks 1, 2, 8, 11, 18 & 20.

 


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  Marie Degodet (Mezzo-Soprano)
 After singing as a child at the Dijon cathedral, Marie specialised in Gregorian chant and the French  Baroque repertoire for 12 years, performing in France’s major venues.  Concomitantly, Marie trained at the Guildhall School and then at the ENO. In the operatic  repertoire, she actually am a young dramatic soprano but currently sings the  Zwischenfach mezzo parts and enjoys being an alto in consorts. She looks forward to  singing more opera in Europe in the months to come, and hopefully one day in  Bayreuth! She grew up in Burgundy, but her love of Great Britain, its culture and people,  has kept her happy in London for the past 12 years.
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Marie features as the mezzo-soprano on the choir's second CD, Inexplicable Splendour. 

  John Murton (Bass - until June 2014 and on CD 'Regina Coeli')

  John read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he sang in the choir and studied singing with Peter Harvey and Ashley Stafford. In Oxford he sang the roles of the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and  David in A    Hand of Bridge.  He also gave a number of recitals in  venues  across Oxford including the Holywell Music Room. Prior to his undergraduate degrees, he held a choral scholarship at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and sang at the National Theatre. John now combines    his freelance singing  work in a number of different choirs with work as a conductor. He is one of the founding members  of the opera and music theatre production company Dioneo whose first production in  2011, Victor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis, was  given at the Arcola Theatre  for performances as part of the Grimeborn Festival to critical praise.
 (27th July was John's last Sunday at St Magnus. However, on a happier note, John (with his wife, Megan) is flying to the USA on Tuesday 20th where he is beginning a conductor's course in Cincinnati. We wish them both well in their new life in Stateside.  
 Whenever John returns to the UK, he returns to St Magnus to sing at special services or events.