Clare Wheat (soprano)
Sally Perkins (mezzo-soprano)
David Watkin Holmes (tenor)
Thomas D. Hopkinson (bass)
Jonathan Gooing (piano)
Happy we! (Acis and Galatea) Handel – Clare & David; Ensemble
Piangero (Giulio Caesare) – Handel – Clare
Cara sposa (Rinaldo) – Handel – Sally
I rage … O ruddier than the Cherry – Handel – Tom
La ci darem (Don Giovanni) Mozart – Clare & Tom
Soave il vento (Cosi Fan Tutte) Mozart – Clare, Sally & Tom
Tutte nel Cor – (Idomeneo) Mozart – Clare
Durch die Wälder (Der Freischütz) -Carl Maria von Weber – David
Mir ist so Wunderbar (Fidelio) Beethoven – Ensemble
Flower duet (Lakme) Delibes – Clare & Sally
Pearl Fishers’ Duet Bizet – David & Tom
O soave fanciulla (La Boheme) Puccini – Clare & David
The Coat aria (La Boheme) – Puccini – Tom
Voce Di Donna (La Giaconda) – Ponchielli – Sally
E lucevan le stelle (Tosca) – Puccini – David
Flower bring to every year (The Rape of Lucretia) – Britten – Sally
Storm (Peter Grimes) – Britten – Jonathan
Embroidery Aria (Peter Grimes) – Britten – Clare
O come dal ciel precipita (Macbeth) – Verdi – Tom
Ah! sì, ben mio (Il trovatore) – Verdi – David
Bella Figlia dell’amore (Rigoletto) – Verdi – Ensemble
Clare Wheat – Soprano
Clare was born in Scunthorpe and obtained a BMus (Hons) and MMus from the University of Sheffield. She holds an LRSM for performance. Clare has performed in a number of prestigious venues including the Sydney Opera House, Glyndebourne Opera House, London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2012 Clare created the role of Spirit of Steel in Cycle Song by Tim Sutton. This subsequently won a 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Award. She has performed many roles and has been Soprano soloist for various choral societies singing much of the core repertoire. Recent concerts have included Dona Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams) and Hear my Prayer (Mendelssohn) with Salford Choral Society and Messiah (Handel) with Bel Canto. A concert highlight was performing Liebeslieder Waltzer (Brahms) with guest accompanist Malcolm Martineau.
Clare gives regular solo recitals for various music clubs and societies. She was a finalist in the Voice of the Future competition at the International Eisteddfod held in Llangollen in 2014 and a prize winner in the John Kerr English Song Award 2016. She is currently completing a PhD researching Performance practice styles in Light Opera 1870-1945 at the University of Huddersfield and directed and performed in the world premiere of scenes from Something in the City by Thomas F. Dunhill. For future events please visit www.clarewheatsoprano.co.uk
Sally Perkins – Mezzo Soprano
Sally was born in Huddersfield and began singing at the age of 10 in the local church choir. After studying with Patricia Hamilton at Huddersfield Technical College, she went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After graduation, she embarked upon a professional career as a guest soloist singing with numerous choral societies in the south of England performing works such as Handel’s Messiah, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Mozart’s Requiem. She performed the role of Zita in Puccini’s Opera Gianni Schicchi at the home of Lady Walton, composer William Walton’s widow in Ischia, Italy. Recent performances include Handel’s Messiah, Cavalleria Rusticana, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mozart Solemn Vespers and Last Night of the Proms. Along with other various concert performances, Sally did a spell of cruise ship work performing internationally as a featured soloist for Cunard Cruise Lines, later returning to make her home in Yorkshire. Forthcoming performances include Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.
David Watkin-Holmes – Tenor
David originates from Herefordshire and sang with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain before studying music performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he was awarded the St Clare Barfield Rose Bowl for Operatic Distinction. He was also a scholar in the Samling Artist Programme with Sir Thomas Allen, as well as a finalist in the Sir Geraint Evans Memorial Competition and winner of the Mario Lanza Opera Competition.
His repertory is wide-ranging and includes the premieres of several dramatic works with recordings for the Mirasound Klassiek, Naxos Marco Polo and Priory Records labels. Other notable performances are for RTÉ Radio with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Wexford Festival Opera and Co-Opera Ireland, at the Koninklijke Schouwburg and Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg in the Netherlands, European Chamber Orchestra, Mid Wales Opera, and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and English National Opera Studio in the UK.
Thomas D Hopkinson – Bass
Originally from Nottingham, Thomas is an alumnus of The Royal Northern College of Music. Notable performances include; Viktor Anya 17 (Awayday Music Productions); Hans Foltz Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Hallé), Dulcamara L’elisir d’amore (RNCM Opera), Prince Gremin, Eugene Onegin (Opera on Location), Biterolf Tannhauser (cover, Longborough Festival Opera), Sarastro Die Zauberflöte (Westminster Opera Company), Monterone Rigoletto (Wexford Festival Opera), Dr Grenvil La Traviata (Westminster Opera Company), Il Commendatore Don Giovanni (Opera on Location), Marchese d’Obigny La Traviata (Al Bustan Festival, Lebanon), Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart Mass in C Minor. He has also performed chorus with Opera North, Wexford Festival Opera, Longborough Festival Opera and Grange Park Opera. For future events please visit www.tdhopkinson.co.uk
Jonathan Gooing – Piano
Jonathan Gooing graduated with B.Mus (Hons.) and MMus from the University of Sheffield. In 1999 he won the ISM/Yamaha ‘Birmingham Accompanist of the Year’ Award.
Jonathan is well-known throughout the north of England as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. He regularly accompanies his wife, soprano Clare Wheat – both performing with leading accompanist Malcolm Martineau. Jonathan has performed on BBC Radio 3 and has worked with the BBC Singers as well as with Sarah Connelly, Roderick Williams and the composer John Rutter.
A CD recording with flautist Martyn Shaw on historical instruments was recently released on the Omnibus Classics label.
Jonathan is a teacher and accompanist at Leeds College of Music, a piano tutor at Sheffield University and an accompanist at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
As an organist, Jonathan performs in many leading venues including the Bridgewater Hall with the Hallé Orchestra and Choir and Sir Mark Elder.