Haydn’s The Seasons – 1st Alto Chorus Rehearsal Aid

1732 – 1809

Haydn’s The Seasons – 1st Alto Chorus Rehearsal Aid


Joseph Haydn  Part 1 - Spring
Joseph Haydn  Part 2 - Summer
Joseph Haydn  Part 3 - Autumn
Joseph Haydn  Part 4 - Winter

Running time: 1:55:49

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Rosemary Clifford

Rosemary gained a first-class degree in English Literature from the University of Bristol before beginning postgraduate vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from which she graduated with distinction. Her oratorio work includes Mozart’s Litaniae Lauretanae; Haydn’s Nelson Mass; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Mozart’s Requiem; Britten’s Spring Symphony. Rosemary made her solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall singing Messiah with The Really Big Chorus, and was a semi-finalist in the London Bach Society’s Singers’ Prize 2015. She sings regularly with choral ensembles including the Monteverdi Choir and the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, as well as other ensembles around the UK.

Emily Wenman

Emily completed her MA in Vocal Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she studied under Leah Marian Jones. She now trains with acclaimed soprano Gail Pearson. Emily is a principle soprano for professional ensembles including Blossom Street, The St Martin’s Voices Fellowship at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, The Gesualdo Consort, Seren Singers, and Newman Hall Choir, and is an ex-choral scholar of The Chapel Choir of King’s College London and The BBC National Chorus of Wales. Emily is an experienced singing teacher and vocal animateur, and has worked on projects for The BBC National Chorus of Wales, The Arts Active Trust and WNO Max.

Gareth Treseder

After graduating from both the University of Bristol and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Welsh tenor Gareth Treseder became an Apprentice for Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir. He has since performed the role of The Shepherd in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex alongside the London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican and for the LSO’s CD release. He subsequently sang the role with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent solo performances include Handel’s Dixit Dominus for HRH The Prince of Wales in Buckingham Palace; Monteverdi’s Vespers in New York’s Carnegie Hall, King’s College Cambridge, and Château de Versailles; Mozart’s Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall; Handel’s Messiah from memory in the Colston Hall. Gareth is also a published composer of sacred choral works, many of which have been performed and recorded across the world.

René Bloice-Sanders

René began his vocal training as a treble in Canterbury Cathedral Choir, becoming a member of the National Youth Choir in 2004. Since graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2010 with a BA (Hons), he received a Distinction for his Masters in Vocal Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in 2013, where he was also awarded the Nora Carstairs Bland Award. He performs both in the UK and abroad where his operatic roles include Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Marcello (La boheme) Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Orfeo (L’Orfeo) and Morales/Dancairo (Carmen) and his concert work has included Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Johannes and Matthaus Passion, Brahms’ Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony.

Charlotte Richardson

Charlotte is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, having previously attended Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, King’s College London, and held a choral scholarship to Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. She has undertaken both the Opera North and ENO chorus mentor schemes and is now an extra chorus member at Opera North. Before attending music college, Charlotte toured worldwide for several years as soprano soloist with Irish Riverdance choir Anúna.

Graham Neal

Graham read music at the University of Surrey, winning the Robert Naylor prize. He continued his studies on the Knack opera course at the ENO and as a postgraduate at Trinity College of Music. On the operatic stage, he has performed at The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, l’Opera Comique and Grange Park Opera. Adept at choral singing, he has appeared frequently in concert, on television, and on recordings. He sings with the Monteverdi Choir, The King’s Consort, Philharmonia Voices, English Voices, Sonoro, Orpheus Britannicus, the Hanover Band and Cappella Nova as well as being a member of the choir of the London Oratory Church.

Ben Thapa

Ben Thapa studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music before graduating from the Wales International Academy of Voice in 2013 under the tutelage of Dennis O’Neill. His operatic credits include: President (Mittwoch aus Licht, Birmingham Opera/BBC Proms), Mat of the Mint (Beggar’s Opera, Royal Opera), and recently the role of Siegfried in The Quest for the Ring: scenes from Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at the Royal Festival Hall in association with Opera North. Ben has participated in a number of masterclasses, including Kiri Te Kanawa, Della Jones, Amanda Roocroft, Jonathan Dove (for Music Theatre Wales) and Graham Clark. In addition, Ben was twice a Britten-Pears scholar. Ben continues his study privately with David Pollard.

Sebastian Charlesworth

A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he formally trained as a bassoonist, Seb sings as a soloist and chorally in the UK and abroad whilst continuing his studies privately with Linda Hutchison. Operatic roles have included; Orestes Iphigénie en Tauride, Malatesta Don Pasquale, Pelléas Pelléas et Mellisande, Prince YeletskyQueen of Spades, Captain MacHeath The Beggar’s Opera, Masetto Don Giovanni and Cascada Merry Widow with companies such as New Sussex Opera, Surrey Opera, OperaCoast, Opera Anywhere and Opera Danube. He was a finalist in the inaugural British Music Society Art Song competition as part of the London Song Festival. As a professional chorister, Sebastian has worked with numerous groups including Metro Voices and RSVP Voices and can be heard on many recent blockbusters as well as recording projects for Adele and Scott Walker.

Musical Director: Hilary Campbell

Hilary Campbell is a freelance choral specialist, and is founder and Musical Director of professional chamber choir Blossom Street, and Musical Director of Bristol Choral Society, Chiswick Choir and the Music Makers of London. Her guest work includes ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Chorus, Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service Singers, the University of Greenwich Choir and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Chorus, whom she recently prepared for a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 2 at Royal Festival Hall conducted by Semyon Bychkov. She also runs an annual project with Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir, at the Royal Academy of Music, in conjunction with Blossom Street and the RAM composition department, and is conductor of P&O Ferries Choir, the group which won the BBC2 series The Choir, and whom she met whilst filming for the series.
In addition to her regular conducting work, Hilary also acts as an adjudicator, choral workshop leader and guest conductor. She is a founder member of the Voices of London Festival, and is also a published and prize-winning composer.