Sublime Music Inspiring Faith

St Bride’s is renowned for the outstanding quality of its music and has one of the best professional church choirs in the country.

Cantoris Choir singing at evening service n St Bride's

The Choir of St Bride’s has existed in its present form as an ensemble of twelve adult singers ever since the church was rededicated in 1957.

The choir’s main purpose is to sing at two fully choral services each Sunday throughout the year. This role is integral to the church’s worship, inspiring worshippers with the spiritual power of the best sacred music. The sound of such a group of exceptional voices in the lively acoustics of Wren’s building makes an immediate impression on the listener and the musicianship of the singers enables the choir to explore a wide repertoire, ranging far beyond traditional Anglican music.

Alto Charlie Morris smiling during service

A number of pieces have been written for the choir, notably by Herbert Sumsion and Francis Jackson and, more recently, by contemporary composers including Jonathan Dove, Bob Chilcott and Matthew Martin. The tradition of a Sermon in Music at Evensong twice a month is a particularly good opportunity to present music from a variety of countries and periods.

Since 2011, St Bride’s has been recording choral services and many have been made available online. The choir are justly proud to be the first professional church choir to do this. Since the COVID-19 pandemic this provision has been expanded and all Sunday services are now available to listen to online.

Matthew Morley conducting the St Bride's Orchestra

The choir is usually accompanied by the magnificent Compton organ but it is also regularly joined by the St Bride’s Orchestra, notably at our annual Remembrance Sunday and Inspire! Sunday services, as well as at other guest appearances during the year. This includes regular Come & Sing events which give amateur singers the opportunity to work with our professional musicians.

This collaboration has helped enrich music-making at St Bride’s and expanded the repertoire even further and we are very grateful to all the players who take part.

The choir’s work is not confined to liturgical music. There are frequent weddings and memorial services throughout the year, at which the choir is able to broaden its musical horizons still further. A typical service may include operatic arias alongside arrangements from the choir’s extensive library of over 200 items of popular music.

December is particularly hectic, with more than twenty organisations holding carol services in church, as well as the church’s own Advent and Christmas events including Fleet Street Carols, accompanied by brass ensemble, which is so popular it takes place twice on the same day.

Singers in St Bride's Choir performing with orchestra
The choir comprises twelve professional singers: four sopranos, two altos, three tenors and three basses. The names of the regular members appear below but there are frequent opportunities for our wonderful team of auditioned deputies to step in at services. If you would like to be considered for the deputy list, please send a CV and contact details to claire.seaton@stbrides.com.

THE CHOIR

Director of Music

Robert Jones
Director of Music

Robert Jones

Robert Jones was educated at Trinity School, Croydon, where he gained the FRCO diploma and ran his own parish choir while still at school – during this period he was also a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music as a pianist and was taught harmony by Robert Langston (then Director of Music at St Bride’s). He gave a lunchtime organ recital in the church in 1974 and had the ambition to become Director of Music from that time onwards.

In 1975 he became a Music Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, where he sang in the Cathedral choir under Simon Preston, studying singing with David Johnston and organ with the late Nicholas Danby. Following graduation, he held posts as Lay Clerk at St George’s Chapel, Windsor and Westminster Cathedral before embarking on a career as one of Britain’s leading consort singers, featuring on award-winning recordings with the Tallis Scholars, the Orlando Consort and the Gabrieli Consort. He maintains a lifelong interest in piano and organ playing and choral directing, and realised his ambition to come to St Bride’s in 1988.

Since then he has directed the choir for numerous services, concerts and recordings, the high point probably being the service attended by Her Majesty the Queen in November 2007 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the church’s post-war re-dedication.

He also holds a number of teaching posts and has been an examiner for the Associated Board since 2004, working in the Far East as well as in the UK. He has been associated with many leading British choral societies and has been conductor of the Eastcote Choral Society since January 2009.

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Robert Jones Director of Music at St Bride's Church Fleet Street

Organist

Matthew Morley
Organist

Matthew Morley

Matthew studied the organ and harpsichord at the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Bowers-Broadbent and Virginia Black, and continued his post-graduate studies as a piano accompanist with the late Geoffrey Pratley and the late Alex Kelly, winning all the Academy’s accompaniment prizes. He was first appointed to St Bride’s in 1991 as our HJC Stevens Organ Scholar. and in addition to playing the wonderful Compton organ in our services, he conducts the St Bride’s Orchestra, directs our Come and Sing workshops, edits the live service recordings for the Listen Again feature on the St Bride’s website, is the producer of our St Bride’s Live record label, and provides many of the bespoke ‘pop’ arrangements for the choir.

Outside St Bride’s he works as a chorus-master and repetiteur with some of our country’s top professional and amateur choral groups, including The BBC Singers, English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, London Voices, Voicelab, Brighton Festival Chorus, Guildford Choral Society and Vivace Chorus. He is also the Chorus Director for the Buxton Festival, and Music Director of ITN’s Office Choir.

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Matthew Morley organist at St Bride's Church Fleet Street

Soprano

Claire Seaton
Soprano

Claire Seaton

Born in Wolverhampton, Claire studied at the Birmingham School of Music, at the Royal Academy of Music with Rae Woodland and Kenneth Bowen, and subsequently with Linda Esther-Grey. She joined Kent Opera during her final year at the Academy, was awarded the Wessex Glyndebourne Association Prize in 1998 and in 1999 made her Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut singing the role of Vitellia La Clemenza di Tito.

An adaptable soprano, Claire has enjoyed success in the early music field where she has worked with ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars and the Gabrieli Consort, with whom she made her BBC Proms début in Handel’s Dixit Dominus and is known for her performances of the soprano solos in Allegri’s Miserere.

Claire’s oratorio experience is extremely broad and she is particularly renowned for her performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem and Mozart’s C Minor Mass. Her recent repertoire has ranged from regularly performed favourites such as Verdi’s Requiem and Mozart’s Requiem to less common works such as Symanowski’s Stabat Mater and Elgar’s The Light of Life.

Claire’s discography includes the role of The Believer in Rutland Boughton’s Bethlehem for Naxos, Brahm’s Deutsche Requiem with Jeremy Backhouse and the Vasari Singers for Guild, and the world première of Jonathan Dove’s The Far Theatricals of Day with Nicholas Cleobury. Claire has also recorded the Pergolesi Stabat Mater with the counter-tenor Andrew Watts.

Claire has been a member of St Bride’s choir since 1987 and is very proud of her continued involvement.

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Rachel Chapman
Soprano

Rachel Chapman

Rachel gained a Bachelor of Music Hons Degree at Manchester University. She undertook further training with English National Opera on “The Knack” programme. She currently studies with Jennie Caron.

Rachel’s operatic experience is extensive and she has worked for such UK companies as Almeida Opera; Carl Rosa Opera; Dartington Festival Opera; English National Opera; Grange Park Opera; Opera by Definition; Opera North; Pavilion Opera; Riverside Opera; Royal Opera House and Surrey Opera.  Her roles include: Adina (L’Elisir d’amore), Angelica (Handel’s Orlando), Bianca (La Rondine), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Micaela (Carmen), Susan (Berkeley – The Dinner Engagement), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Vixen Sharp-Ears (The Cunning Little Vixen) and  Zerlina (Don Giovanni).  She works regularly as a member of the Extra Chorus at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.  In the realm of contemporary opera Rachel has performed the world premières of Langer’s “The Girl of Sand” (Almeida Opera) and of Maazel’s “1984” (Royal Opera House).

Rachel is also an experienced oratorio soloist.  She has performed much of the standard repertoire and recent engagements include Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion, Britten’s War Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and The Seasons, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Poulenc’s Gloria. She has performed in such leading British venues as:  Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin; Coventry Cathedral; Ripon Cathedral; Southwark Cathedral; Tewksbury Abbey and York Minster.  In London: the Barbican, the Cadogan Hall, London Coliseum, Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls, St John Smith’s Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields.  She has performed some varied recital repertoire in UK, and performed Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder in Cheltenham and Annecy.

As an ensemble singer, Rachel has worked regularly with some of the UK’s leading groups, including the BBC Singers, the Choir of the Enlightenment, the English Concert Choir, the Gabrieli Consort, Sonoro and London Voices.  She has taken part in numerous recordings. Her singing has taken her as far a-field as Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and she has worked extensively in Europe.

Rachel is also an established and sought-after singing teacher.

http://www.rachelchapmansoprano.co.uk

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Rachel Chapman soprano in St Bride's Choir Fleet Street

Emily Owen
Soprano

Emily Owen

Having graduated from Durham University with a First Class Honours degree in Music, Emily Owen went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, completing an Extended Artist Masters with Distinction in 2017 and becoming a GSMD Ensemble Artist Fellow with early music ensemble Ceruleo in 2017/18. She is coached by Tim Evans-Jones. Emily leads a varied freelance career as a consort singer and soloist, making her solo debut at Teatro alla Scala, Milan playing the role of ‘Iris’ in Handel’s Semele under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and making her Wigmore Hall debut alongside Dame Emma Kirkby in 2019. She features on two CDs of Purcell Odes with The Kings Consort released in 2020/21.

Emily is a soprano at St Bride’s Church Fleet Street and the West London Synagogue and also sings with the Choir of the Enlightenment, The Kings Consort, a cappella group Apollo5 and Dame Emma Kirkby’s Dowland Works. In 2016/17 she participated in the Handel & Hendrix in London Talent scheme including masterclasses with Carolyn Sampson and Laurence Cummings. With her lute and soprano duo Melismata, Emily performs for the charity Live Music Now and Music in Hospitals, taking baroque music into alternative social settings, and as a passionate educator she leads workshops with the VOCES8 Foundation in their outreach work across Europe and is a choral practitioner for the Voices Foundation. She is a visiting singing teacher at Harrow School and Davenies Prep School, holds an AAT qualification in Accounting and is currently training to become a Personal Performance ICF accredited coach with The Coaching Academy. In her spare time she enjoys tending to her allotment and learning new skills!

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Emily Owen soprano in St Bride's Choir Fleet Street

Nina Bennet
Soprano

Nina Bennet

The versatile lyric soprano Nina Bennet studied Philosophy and English, before embarking on post-graduate study in singing and Early Music performance at the Royal College of Music, London.

Concert platform performances include Haydn’s Creation and Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and the C Minor Mass under Jeremy Backhouse in Guildford Cathedral. She has also performed Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and Faure’s Requiem with the City of London Sinfonia, Bach’s B Minor Mass and Monteverdi’s Vespers with Charivari Agreable in St John’s Smith Square, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Peter Schreier, also in St John’s, and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently, she sang Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Tippett’s Child of Our Time in Cadogan Hall under Ben Palmer, and Mozart’s Requiem under Hillary Campbell in Bristol Cathedral.

Nina is becoming increasingly in demand in contemporary and 20th Century music, performing Birtwistle’s Nine Settings of Celan with Kokoro, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary group, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Sequenza at the Oxford Lieder Festival. She performed the European premiere of Sebastian Currier’s Vocalissimus, also with Kokoro, and sang in a staged performance of Birtwistle’s Yan Tan Tethera at the Barbican with the Britten Sinfonia.

Nina made her solo Proms debut in the Royal Albert Hall last summer, singing in the UK premiere of Lera Auerbach’s The Infant Minstrel and His Peculiar Menagerie with the BBCSO under Edward Gardner. Equally at home in both Jazz and Gospel, she performed in the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts under Neil Ferris and Will Todd’s Mass in Blue in Cadogan Hall. She also recently performed with the composer and gospel choir conductor Ken Burton in his piece Take Time to Change, and performed a set of jazz standards with members of the Aurora Orchestra in King’s Place, London.

Moving into more dramatic repertoire, Nina recently sang Britten’s War Requiem in Haileybury College, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Romsey Abbey, Verdi’s Requiem in Eberbach Abbey, Germany, and is making her first forays into opera with the part of Ortlinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and the title role in Verdi’s Aida. When Nina isn’t singing, she dabbles in choral conducting and leads singing workshops for both adults and children. She is also employed in raising two children and a cat called Billie Holiday.

Nina is proud to have been a permanent chorister at St Bride’s for the past 10 years.

www.ninabennet.com

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Nina Bennet soprano in St Bride's Choir Fleet Street

Alto

Charlie Morris
Alto

Charlie Morris

Charlie Morris graduated with a music degree from Cambridge University and went on to study with Royal Academy Opera in London. Recent engagements include The Messiah at Cadogan Hall and Bach’s B Minor Mass, both with the London Mozart Players and a return last year to ENO for Handel’s Rodelinda covering the role of Bertarido, and Partenope covering the role Armindo. Operatic credits include The Shaman (cover) at ENO, Guido in Flavio, the title role in Cavalli’s Il Giasone with Royal Academy Opera conducted by Jane Glover, Cupid in Venus and Adonis with La Nuova Musica, Rutilia in Hasse’s Lucio Papirio at the London Handel Festival, Athamas in Semele, Satirino in La Calisto conducted by Anthony Legge, and The Spirit in Dido and Aeneas.

Oratorio credits include Chichester Psalms at the Barbican, Handel’s Saul with Laurence Cummings at the Spitalfields Festival, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Masaaki Suzuki at Snape Maltings, and Handel’s The Messiah with Sir John Lubbock and the Orchestra of St John’s at Kings Place and St John’s, Smith Square. Other oratorio performances include appearing as a soloist on BBC Radio 3, performing a concert series of Bach’s alto cantata Vergnügte Ruh with the orchestra Charivari Agréable, a Messiah tour of Ireland with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and a program of Bach Cantatas at The Royal Albert Hall for the Proms with Solomon’s Knot.

​Further operatic engagements include covering the role of Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Aix-en-Provence opera festival, playing Arsace in Handel’s Partenope, The Prince in Daisy Chain at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival, previewed at LSO St Luke’s, Dido and Aeneas with Kiez Oper in Berlin, and a tour of the staged Messiah with the Merry Opera.

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Charlie Morris alto in St Bride's Choir Fleet Street London

Robert Bryan
Alto

Robert Bryan

At the age of eight, Bob won a choral scholarship to St Michael’s College, Tenbury, where he eventually became Head Chorister. He then enjoyed five happy years at the ILEA boarding school Woolverstone Hall (home to such luminaries as Ian McEwan, Phill Jupitus and Martin Offiah) and along the way became an ESU Schoolboy Public Speaking Champion, before going up to Fitzwilliam, Cambridge.

During his time at University, he was able to indulge his varied passions of choral singing, comedy and athletics – managing to juggle two chapel choirs with the 110m hurdles, as well as writing and performing in the Footlights with the likes of Nick Hytner, Clive Anderson, Jan Ravens and Griff Rhys Jones. After University, he was awarded a postgraduate Diploma in Acting from Webber Douglas.

While at Fitzwilliam, he also found time to form the vocal group Cantabile. With them he gave over 3,000 performances worldwide: cut 17 discs – including Chess in Concert with Josh Groban and Idina Menzel; jammed on countless tapes; hit the silver screen – Morons from Outer Space; andhad a big smash in the West End – Blondel (written by Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver). But despite these seemingly violent tendencies he remains more Punt Rock than Punk. Awards include the Wavendon Allmusic Prize and the Eurovision ‘Star Festival’ – Best Cabaret. 

Over the years he has also worked with a variety of ensembles including: Pro Cantione Antiqua; Schola Hebraica, New York; the Amsterdam Baroque Choir; Collegium Vocale Gent; the Tallis Scholars; the Gabrieli Consort and The Sixteen.

He left Cantabile in 2014, and now, aside from singing in the Choir, he runs the Recital Series at St Bride’s and is also Librarian. He was in the first UK intake to study for the LAMDA Teacher’s Certificate in Communication (LTCC) which he passed with Distinction, and has run Public Speaking Workshops at St Bride’s.

Having been brought up in Fetter Lane, EC4, and coming from a family of journalists, working at St Bride’s is the nicest way of coming home.

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Bob Bryan counter tenor in St Bride's Choir and Choir Librarian

Tenor

Matthew Long
Tenor

Matthew Long

Matthew sang extensively as a treble and work included the role of Miles in Benjamin Britten’s Opera, The Turn of the Screw, for companies in Rome, Bologna and Turin.

Matthew studied music at the University of York and sang as a choral scholar in the Choir of York Minster. Since moving to London in 2006, Matthew has maintained a busy touring and recording schedule. He is a member of the successful solo voice ensemble I Fagiolini and also of the celebrated chamber choirs, The Sixteen and Tenebrae. Projects with these groups and others have included various programmes at most of the major UK venues and for festivals across Europe as well as performances in Bermuda, Israel, Libya, Japan, the US, Australia and China.

In September 2011, Matthew returned to studying at the Royal College of Music, London. He is a Susan Chilcott Scholarship holder and a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist and as such is generously supported by the RPS. He currently studies with Tim Evans-Jones.

In November 2008 Matthew made his operatic debut as a tenor at The Sage, Gateshead playing the lead role of Michael in a new opera, Skellig, by American composer Tod Machover. In February 2011 he worked at Dijon Opera in a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Oratorio work has included a recording and performances of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Holland and at the Berlin Philharmonie; Purcell’s King Arthur with The English Concert and I Fagiolini in Shoreditch Parish church and live on BBC Radio 3 ; Bach St Matthew Passion with the Scholars Baroque Ensemble in Zaragoza, Spain; Rachmaninov Vespers with the Philharmonia Chorus at the Union Chapel, Islington; the part of the Messenger in Handel’s Theodora for Trevor Pinnock in the Handel Festspiele, Halle; Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Hanover Band at St John’s Smith Square. He had his first performance as the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Norway, November 2011. Matthew recently recorded the solos for A New Latin Mass by Patrick Cassidy and has been engaged to sing for the première performances of the work at St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York and in Rome in the coming months.

Website: www.matthew-long.co.uk

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Matthew Long tenor in St Bride's Choir Fleet Street London

Thomas Herford
Tenor

Thomas Herford

Thomas Herford began his singing career as a boy chorister in the choir of New College Oxford, and went on to study at Trinity College Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

As a concert soloist, he has sung with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the AAM, among many others. Stage roles include Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Eisenstein Die Fledermaus, Don Narciso Il Turco in Italia, Don Ramiro La Cenerentola and Albert Albert Herring. 

Thomas sings with many of Europe’s leading ensembles. As a founder member of Solomon’s Knot, he has performed at the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Festival and Bachfest Leipzig, and has sung the Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion at Wigmore Hall. With the Monteverdi Choir, Thomas has taken part in numerous landmark projects, notably the St Matthew Passion tour (2016) and the choir’s debut tour to South America (2019). 

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Thomas Herford tenor in St Bride's Choir, Fleet Street

Peter Davoren
Tenor

Peter Davoren

Peter was awarded the Dr Ralph Kohn Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Neil Mackie. During his time at the Academy, he was a member of Song Circle, performing at the Oxford Lieder Festival and Wigmore Hall, as well as collaborating with Michael Chance, Roger Vignoles, and Dame Felicity Lott. He was a finalist in the Richard Lewis competition, and had public masterclasses with Angelika Kirchslager and Dennis O’Neill.

Past engagements include Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Le Journaliste (Les Mamellesdes Tiresias) and Florville (Il signor Bruschino) [Dutch National Opera Academy], Goro (Madama Butterfly) and Poisson (Adriana Lecouvreur) [Opera Holland Park], Ramon (La Navarraise) [Wexford Festival Opera] and Tito (La clemenza di Tito) [Teatru Manoel, Malta]

Future engagements include Ottavio (Don Giovanni) [Opus Opera] and the Song Vendor (Il Tabarro) [Opera Holland Park] as well as collaborations with the Monteverdi Choir and AAM.

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Peter Davoren tenor in St Bride's Choir, Fleet Street, London

Bass

Philip Tebb
Bass

Philip Tebb

Philip Tebb studied Music at Durham University, where he was a Choral Scholar at the Cathedral, and at the Royal College of Music on the Benjamin Britten International Opera School with Russell Smythe. His studies at RCM were generously supported by the Anne Clayton Award, Stanley Picker Trust Award, the Audrey Sacher Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.

Roles at RCM included: Demetrius in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Harasta in Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen; Nicandro in Handel Atalanta (as part of the London Handel Festival); Father Trulove in Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress and Antonio in Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro. With the Academy of Ancient Music he has sung Uno Spirito in Monteverdi Orfeo and Littore/Famigliare in Monteverdi Poppea at the Barbican, in Bucharest and Venice. Other appearances include Momus in Rameau Platee with the Early Opera Company in St John’s Smith Square. Philip is in great demand as an oratorio soloist.

Recent highlights include: Bach Matthaus Passion (Christus and Arias) in Jesus College Chapel Cambridge, St John’s Smith Square and St Edmundsbury & Southwark Cathedrals; Bach Magnificat with Barts Choir in Cadogan Hall; Bach Weihnachts Oratorium with Cor Dyfed in St David’s Cathedral; Brahms Requiem with UCS Choral Society; Handel Messiah in the Royal Festival Hall, St David’s Cathedral, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral, St Martin-in- the-Fields and Tewkesbury Abbey; Mozart Requiem with Stroud Choral Society in Gloucester Cathedral; Mendelssohn Elijah with Whitstable Choral Society in Canterbury Cathedral; Mozart C Minor Mass with Barts Choir in Cadogan Hall and Verdi Requiem with the English Chamber Choir and the Belmont Ensemble in St Martin-in-the-Fields.

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Philip Tebb bass baritone in St Bride's Choir, Fleet Street London

Francis Brett
Bass

Francis Brett

Francis Brett started singing as a Quirister at Winchester College. He was a music scholar at the same school before winning a Choral Scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge where he studied with Roderick Earle and read for a music degree. He studied as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music and held a position as a Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey before turning freelance. He has recently assumed the directorship of the vocal ensemble The Amaryllis Consort.

As a baritone Francis has worked as a soloist with conductors such as Andrew Litton, Trevor Pinnock, Richard Hickox, Esa Pekka Salonen and Edward Gardner. International solo work has taken him to Australia, Poland and the USA. He has taken part in masterclasses with Wolfgang Holzmaier, Sarah Walker, Philip Langridge and Catherine Wyn-Rogers.

Francis has performed the major works of Oratorio throughout the UK. Recent concerts include Bach ‘B minor Mass’ with I Fagiolini on the South Bank, Monteverdi ‘Vespers’ with His Majesty’s Sackbutts and Cornets in Exeter Cathedral, Haydn ‘Creation’ in King’s College Chapel, Verdi ‘Requiem’ in St. Mary’s, Nottingham, Bach ‘St John Passion’, Mozart ‘Coronation Mass’ in Westminster Abbey with the ECO, Handel ‘Dettinger Te Deum’ in Westminster Hall with St James’s Players and Brahms ‘Requiem’ in St John’s, Smith Square.

Solo recordings include Elgar ‘Great is the Lord’ and the Benedictus of Harvey ‘Missa Brevis’ both on Hyperion, Puccini ‘Madame Butterfly’ (the Official Registrar) for Chandos conducted by Yves Abel, and Stainer ‘Crucifixion’ on A&M.  As a recitalist he has recently performed Schubert ‘Winterreise’ and Vaughan Williams ‘Songs of Travel’. Last season he performed in Wagner ‘The Flying Dutchman’ and Britten ‘Billy Budd’ both with ENO as well as regular appearances with The Sixteen and Exaudi.

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Francis Brett baritone in St Bride's Choir Fleet Street

Neil Bellingham
Bass

Neil Bellingham

Neil was born in London and studied philosophy and psychology at New College, Oxford. He currently studies singing with Russell Smythe. Neil enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire as both a soloist and a consort singer. In recent years he has particularly enjoyed working extensively with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d’Astrée including staged productions of Monteverdi Orfeo, Bach St John Passion, Rameau Dardanus, Purcell Dido and Aeneas and an extended tour of Purcell Fairy Queen (baritone solos) across France, Holland and Beligum.

He has worked a great deal with the English National Opera Contemporary Studio on Sarah Collins The Terminatrix (Psychiatrist), Jonathan Dove Palace in the Sky (Schmidt), David Charles Martin’s The Judgement of Theodora (Vitalian), Martin Butler A Better Place (Michel), Gertrude Stein & Virgil Thomson Capital Capitals (3rd Capital), a commission by Richard Taylor, and Will Todd Damned & Divine (Avenging Angel).

Other opera roles include Rossini La Gazza Ladra (Il Pretore) for Garsington Opera and Bizet Carmen (El Dancaïro) for European Chamber Opera, and Mozart Don Giovanni (Leporello). Neil has also worked with the chorus of the Royal Opera House in Götterdämmerung and Der Fliegende Hollander, and with the Birmingham Opera Company in the world premiere of Stockhausen Mittwoch aus Licht.

Neil made his solo début at The Proms with the London Sinfonietta in the UK premier of The Last Day by Andriessen with repeated performances in the The Queen Elizabeth Hall and at the Huddersfield International Festival of Contemporary Music.

Neil has worked repeatedly for a number of British choral societies. Performances include Bach Mass in B minor, St Matthew Passion, St John Passion; Haydn Nelson Mass, Paukenmesse; Dvorák Te Deum; Handel Messiah; and Michael Haydn Requiem.

As an ensemble singer, Neil has had the pleasure of working with many of the world’s leading groups including amongst others The Gabrieli Consort, European Voices, The King’s Consort, The Academy of Ancient Music, Europa Galante, Pygmalion, London Voices, Metro Voices, and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. This work embraces a huge range of repertoire from creating film soundtracks and contemporary opera, to rediscovering forgotten works.

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CHOIR RECORDINGS

The choir has had the opportunity to record a broad range from its extensive repertoire, from Pergolesi to Bruckner, Puccini, Chilcott and Dove. In recent years, this has included releasing collections of live recordings from services and events in church.

Please note: this archive is currently being compiled.

St Bride's Choir singing at service conducted by Robert Jones

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The famous St Bride’s Choir is not tethered to our Fleet Street base and is regularly asked to sing at services, corporate events and concerts in venues across the country.
THE CHOIR REGULARLY PERFORMS:-

  • Baptismal, wedding, funeral & memorial services
  • Sung Grace at dinner events (often for Livery Companies)
  • After dinner corporate entertainment
  • Christmas carols in all settings

The choir frequently sings services for families not able to journey to London but who have some connection with the church. Additionally the choir’s reputation for the highest musical standards brings about invitations from those who have not attended St Bride’s.

St Bride’s Choir is renowned for its wide repertoire from traditional sacred music to arrangements of popular songs. The size of the choir can be tailored to suit the needs of the music, venue and budget.

Years of experience performing at wedding and memorials in particular, means we have a wealth of advice to offer to help you choose and arrange the content of a service.

Often the choir has sung for a particular family on many occasions; celebrating weddings and baptisms, or honouring the departed and we are particular proud of these long-standing connections.

When performing outside the church the choir sings as The St Bride’s Singers.

Should you wish to make an enquiry about a booking
please call 020 7427 0133 or email claire.seaton@stbrides.com
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