Festival Performers

Marie-Claire Alain (2007)

Born into a family of musicians who were both organists and composers, Marie-Claire Alain has devoted her entire life in the service of music and the organ in memory of her family, her father Albert Alain, the founder of the dynasty and her brothers Jehan et Olivier.
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Malcolm Archer (2008 – 2011)

Organist, conductor and composer, is renowned as one of the foremost church musicians of his generation. From 2004 to 2007 he was Organist and Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and, prior to that, he was organist and Master of Choristers at Wells Cathedral for eight years.
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Kammerkoret Audite (2010)

Kammerkoret Audite is a chamber choir from Denmark. Founded in 1983, they sing Danish and international choral music, both a cappella and with organ and orchestra. The choir performs regularly in the Copenhagen area and throughout Denmark, and they have made numerous concert tours abroad.
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David Bednall (2007 – 2011)

David is a student of Dr. Naji Hakim and David Briggs, and is Sub-organist at Bristol Cathedral. He was born in 1979 and studied in Sherborne and then at The Queen’s College, Oxford where he was Organ Scholar.
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Mélanie Brugalé (2011)

Mélanie began to study the piano at the age of 7 with l’Abbé Yves Perrault.  She continued her musical training at the school of Saint Michel in Pleine- Fougères.
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Camerata Coral Universidad de Cantabria (2007)

Camerata Coral Universidad de Cantabria from the University of Cantabria is a chamber choir of 25 people of all ages, who sing music from the Renaissance to the present day both a capella and accompanied.
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Margit Lykke Christensen (2007, 2009)

Margit Lykke Christensen trained as a doctor, but also had singing lessons while she was training. Engaged by Copenhagen Royal Opera in 1992, she has since had a successful career as a soloist with numerous concerts in Scandinavia, Germany and France.
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Benjamin Frost (2009)

Ben studied music at Exeter University, was Organ Scholar at Exeter Cathedral and became an associate of the Royal College of Organists. After University he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where his tutors included Gordon Back and Graham Johnson, and he trained as a repetiteur at the National Opera Studio.
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Rupert Gough (2007)

Rupert Gough leads a busy career as both a conductor and organ recitalist combining his role as Director of Choral Music and College Organist at Royal Holloway, University of London, with numerous concert engagements.
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Hilary Llystyn Jones (2011)

Born in Llandudno, North Wales, Hilary studied singing, piano and harp at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, and continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Noelle Barker.
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Claude Langlais (2012)

Born on the 16th December (like Beethoven), given the christian name Claude (like Debussy), raised in the home of Jean Langlais where he lived until he was 20 plus, Claude Langlais seemed to be destined for a career in music.  After only two organ lessons with his father, he often deputised for him on the organ of Sainte Clotilde in Paris.
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Marie-Louise Langlais (2007)

Marie-Louise Jaquet-Langlais was born in Casablanca in 1943. After graduating with a law degree from the University of Strasbourg, she studied organ with Jean Langlais at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where in 1969 she gained the diploma for virtuosity and improvisation.
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Elsebeth Lund (2009)

Born in Copenhagen, Elsebeth Lund trained as a singer at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music and at the Copenhagen School of Opera. She was a soloist with the Royal Danish Opera Company for 25 years, where she sang roles in The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni by Mozart, in La Bohème and Turandot by Puccini and in The Valkyries by Wagner.
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Sandrine Moinard-Lemahieu (2011)

Sandrine began to study the oboe at the Rennes Conservatoire at the age of 14.  She gained her Médaille (DEM) in oboe in 2005 at the Conservatoire of Saint Brieuc.
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Vokalensemble Pandora (2011)

Vokalensemble Pandora is an exciting new “a cappella” eight-voice group from Copenhagen, Denmark.  Its members trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, the State Music Academy Stuttgart, the Copenhagen Boys’ Choir, Roskilde School of Sacred Music and privately with John Guttman, Sten Byriel, Anne Rosing-Schouw and Charles Brett.
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Les Petits Choristes de La Fontenelle (2007)

This group of young singers was formed in 2005 in La Fontenelle under the direction of Brenda Dean in order to take part in the first Langlais Festival.
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The Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London (2007)

Royal Holloway is a college of the University of London and has approximately 7,000 students based just outside London in Egham, Surrey. Founded in 1886 the College is housed in an outstanding Victorian building inspired in design by a grand French chateau.
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Colin Spinks (2007)

From 2000 – 2009, the Wingrave Singers were directed by Colin Spinks. Born in 1979 he was an organ scholar at Oxford University where he studied organ with Stephen Farr and David Goode.
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The Choir of St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick (2007)

The first evidence of a choir at St Mary’s Church dates from 1123, when the Earl of Warwick established the Collegiate Church and in doing so provided for six boy choristers and six ‘vicars choral’. This remained the situation until 1544, when King Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the college.
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Frantisek Vanicek (2010)

Organ professor at the University Hradec Králové since 1995, Frantisek Vanicek was born in the Czech Republic in 1969 and was educated at the Conservatory of Pardubice and the Academy of Arts in Prague. He continued his studies at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands and at Charles University in Prague.
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Eric Wallerand (2011)

Eric Wallerand was born in Brest in 1964.  He began studying the French Horn at the age of 12 and, having gained his final diploma, he continued studying the instrument to advanced level.
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The Wingrave Singers (2007)

The Wingrave Singers are based in a village near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, 40 miles north of London. They first sang as a choir in September 1976 at a harvest evensong in the parish church under the direction of their founder Robert Taylor, whose intention was to bring cathedral-style singing to the village.
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Martina Ziegert (2011)

Martina was born in 1979 in Görlitz, East Germany.  She studied piano from the age of seven and took part regularly in the “ Jugend Musiziert “ competition in Germany, gaining several first and second prizes.
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