Soloists

Performing in our current season
Catherine Futcher

Catherine Futcher

Soprano

Catherine started singing at an early age achieving numerous music festival wins for English song, German Lieder and sacred song. She was twice a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Choir Girl of the Year finishing as runner up in 1994 (beating a then unheard of Katherine Jenkins!), the year in which she went on to win Opera Opportunity.

Musical Theatre became another string to her bow during her teenage years and she appeared with the National Youth Music Theatre for two seasons, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Lyric in Hammersmith and The City Center Theater, Broadway, New York.

As an undergraduate at Royal Holloway, University of London, she trained with Elaine Pearce, held a soprano Choral Scholarship and performed in Masterclasses given by Susan Bullock and Nancy Long.

Now a professional soprano based in Canterbury, Kent, Catherine has built a strong reputation singing Classical Opera and Oratorio and regularly appears as a soprano soloist with choral societies and choirs, whilst also singing leading opera roles with Canterbury Cathedral Garden Opera.

She has a wealth of experience singing at weddings and functions and can offer a wide range of repertoire to suit any occasion.

Andrew Leslie Cooper

Andrew Leslie Cooper

Countertenor

Andrew Leslie Cooper is equally at home as a countertenor, both in solo and choral settings; as a conductor; and as a keyboardist, be it as a piano accompanist, church organist, or continuo player. A dual citizen of the UK and USA, he leads a multifaceted and multinational career.

Andrew’s 2018–19 season includes debuts with Gallicantus, The Gesualdo Six, Sansara, Academy of Ancient Music, Ex Cathedra, the Voces8 Scholars, Zimmerman Band, and BWV: Cleveland’s Bach Ensemble. While based in Kent as a member of Rochester Cathedral Choir, he is also a deputy lay clerk for numerous churches and cathedrals in London and elsewhere in Kent. These include Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, Temple Church, Canterbury Cathedral, to name a few. In addition to his singing endeavours, Andrew is currently the Assistant Conductor and Accompanist for Cranbrook Choral Society.

Before September 2018, Andrew was based in the USA. There, he could be seen singing with TENET, the Bach Choir of Holy Trinity NYC, Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, Spoleto Festival USA Chorus, and others. As a conductor, he worked with amateur and professional musicians while Music Director at the United Methodist Church of Berea, Ohio, and later Grace Presbyterian Church, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Furthermore, Andrew was in demand as a Staff Accompanist at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Pops Chorus, Temple Emanu-El Cleveland, and as a Music Director at professional theatrical venues such as Vermont’s Weston Playhouse and Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare.

Andrew holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, New Jersey) and a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music (Berea, Ohio).

Daniel Bartlette

Daniel Bartlette

Tenor

Daniel Bartlette (Tenor) was a music scholar at the King’s School, Canterbury. He took a gap year in Australia where he was tenor lay clerk at Perth Cathedral and that was the start of more than 20 years as a Cathedral musician. On his return to the UK Daniel was appointed tenor lay clerk at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and whilst there he pursued various other musical ventures including singing with Capella Nova, the Scottish early music group. He moved back to Canterbury 2000-2011 to be lay clerk at Canterbury Cathedral and enjoyed making several recordings and broadcasts, performing at numerous concerts and festivals and touring France, Belgium, Holland, Greece and Italy. He moved to Norfolk in September 2011 and spent the next six years as tenor lay clerk at Norwich Cathedral. He toured France and Sweden with the cathedral choir, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4 and recorded CDs including ‘Sunday at Norwich Cathedral’ where he is the soloist in Ives’ Missa Brevis.

Daniel is now on the ‘ad hoc’ lists for renowned choirs Tenebrae and Polyphony and most recently, Sonoro – a newly established professional chamber choir in London. He is also a regular deputy for the BBC Singers with whom he has had a busy couple of years singing at the BBC Proms and for numerous concerts, broadcasts, recordings and tours to Myanmar, Norway and Dubai. He has enjoyed working under the direction of many renowned conductors including Martyn Brabbins, Semyon Bychkov, Peter Phillips, Elena Sharkova, Eric Whitacre, Jacob Hrusa, Stephen Cleobury, Simone Young.

Daniel joined The Grange Festival in November 2017 to perform Granados’ one-act opera Goyescas as part of the El Greco to Goya exhibition at The Wallace Collection, conducted by Mark Austin – the first opera ever to be presented in the Wallace Collection’s Great Gallery. He joined them again in Summer 2018 for performances of The Barber of Seville, Abduction from Seraglio and Candide.

Highlights of 2019 include performing “The Last Night of the Proms” at Dubai Opera House and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio live on BBC Radio 3 with the Academy of Ancient Music and the BBC Singers.

Daniel studies with Patricia Rozario OBE and combines his busy schedule of freelance tenor work with his violin restoration business, DK Strings, based in Reepham, Norfolk.

Jonathan Arnold

Jonathan Arnold

Bass-Baritone

Since studying at Oxford University and The Royal Academy of Music, Jonathan has performed as a soloist with many leading British orchestras, including The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, Florilegium and the Gabrieli Players. He has also sung with some of the country’s finest ensembles, including The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars and The Hilliard Ensemble.

For Harry Christophers he has performed as a soloist with the Seville Baroque Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchesta de la Communidad de Madrid and the Symphony of Harmony and Invention in works by Purcell, Mozart, Fauré and Duruflé.

Jonathan has made over 100 recordings, including as a soloist with Philippe Herreweghe’s Collegium Vocale, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, The Sixteen, with Emma Kirkby and Fretwork. He also appeared in four hour-long BBC television documentaries on sacred music with the actor Simon Russell-Beale and The Sixteen.

Operatic performances include Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Turin, as well as roles with Les Arts Florissants at the Bastille Opera House, Paris (Corydon in Purcell’s The Faery Queen); with Kent Opera at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (Apollo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo); New Chamber Opera (Azarius in Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace) and European Chamber Opera (Speaker in Mozart’s Die Zaüberflote) both in Britain and abroad.