Soloists

Performing in our current season

Tamsin Coombs

Fiona Joy Henry

Soprano

Greg Tassell

Greg Tassell

Tenor

Greg Tassell was brought up on a hop farm in Kent and was a chorister at Durham Cathedral. He read music at the University of Exeter where he was also a choral scholar at Exeter Cathedral. He went on to study as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music under Ryland Davies and attended master classes with the late Robert Tear among others. Whilst at RAM he was a prize winner in the 2008 London Handel Competition and was runner-up at the inaugural John Kerr Award for Early English Song of which he is now a trustee.

He is now in huge demand both in the UK and abroad for opera, oratorio and recital appearances. His portrayal of Britten’s St Nicolas is widely acclaimed, he is a popular Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion and his Roasting Swan in Orff’s Carmina Burana dressed in white with feathers is always a crowd puller. Future engagements include Mozart Requiem for York Music Society & London Octave Choir and Walton chamber works for tenor & orchestra at the 2017 Presteigne Festival. Having previously worked on tour with English Touring Opera, Nova Music and Opera a la Carte, Greg no longer seeks the touring life of an opera singer as he now has a young family.

Greg has recorded albums with a variety of groups including the recently released London Early Opera album ‘Handel at Vauxhall’ on Signum Records, Finchcocks Press, L’Avventura London and Priory Records. Greg is a founder member of both Sonoro, the new professional chamber choir directed by Neil Ferris, and the professional vocal quartet ‘Twilight Ensemble’. Greg teaches singing at Ibstock Place School in Roehampton and with the Bromley Youth Music Trust. He will also be resident tutor for the National Youth Choir of Wales this summer.

René Bloice Sanders

Baritone