Singing solo

22nd May 2017

News, Student news

An uplifting programme of classical solos was performed by members of Wadham College Chapel Choir in the Holywell Music Room.

  • Director of Wadham College Chapel Music Katharine Pardee

    Director of Wadham College Chapel Music Katharine Pardee

The soloists have all been recipients of Wadham choral awards which entitle them to between two and four singing lessons a term with Voice Tutor, Stephen Taylor. These awards are made following auditions held at the beginning of each academic year, based on sight-reading and choral singing experience.

“The lessons are invaluable, not only in teaching proper vocal technique, but in raising the level of the whole choir: the better they sing, the more they can model good technique to the others”, said Director of Chapel Music Katharine Pardee

“Evensong every Sunday in term time plus the fortnightly Wednesday evensongs, require a huge amount of music each week with very little rehearsal time. Choral award-holders function as leaders of their sections within the choir and are expected to sing solos when necessary. They take some pressure off the other choir singers who can rely on them if the notes for an anthem, for example, are not completely solid,” she added.

“Even though Wadham doesn't offer music as a subject, we have a lot of very talented young musicians here. The choir is an excellent opportunity for them, and the choral awards give the keenest and most experienced of them a challenging and rewarding outlet.” 

Leo Munby (Chinese, 2013) and Joseph Currie, Wadham’s John Brookman Organ Scholar accompanied the performers.


“If music be the food of love” (third version): Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Henriette Willberg, soprano
Joseph Currie, piano

“Amarilli, mia bella”: Giulio Caccini (1551-1618)
Amanda Waters, soprano
Leo Munby, piano

Serenade: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Leo Munby, baritone
Joseph Currie, piano

“Von ewiger Liebe”, from Vier Gesänge, Op. 43:  Johannes Brahms (1833-97)
Vanessa Chong, alto
Joseph Currie, piano

"Come Away, Come Away Death", from Let us Garlands Bring: Gerald Finzi (1901-56)
Henry Jacobs, baritone
Leo Munby, piano

“Ora Pro Nobis” from Regina Coeli, K.108: W.A. Mozart (1756-91)
Isabel Lamont, soprano
Joseph Currie, piano

“The Vagabond”, from Songs of Travel: R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Charlie Powell, baritone
Joseph Currie, piano

Le Secret: Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Margo Munro Kerr, alto
Leo Munby, piano

“The Call’, from Five Mystical Songs: Vaughan Williams
Theodore Chevallier
Leo Munby, piano

“Hark the Echoing Air”: Purcell
Anna Pearson, soprano
Joseph Currie, piano