The Orpington Chorale

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Dominic Wells - Conductor

Having graduated for a B.Mus with first-class honours at Royal Holloway, University of London, Dominic received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to continue with an M.Mus at the same institution. He then spent a year working (and living) at Westminster Cathedral, before returning to academia for a PhD, aided by a Doctoral Fellowship from Durham University. In 2012 he was awarded his PhD, which focuses on the concept of retrospection in the music of James MacMillan, specifically with regard to religious, political and musical traditions. He has published papers for Cambridge University Press on the music of MacMillan, Thomas Adès and David Lang, and his research interests include issues of modernism and postmodernism, religious music (both liturgical and non-liturgical), and the contemporary British music scene.

He is an opera critic for Opera Britannia, a writer for Naxos Records (CD liner notes) and primarily a producer at BBC Radio 3, producing the weekday morning programme, Essential Classics.

Kathryn Bartlett - Accompanist 

Kathryn Bartlett BA (Hons) LRAM is The Chorale's talented accompanist. She started her training as a junior exhibitioner at Trinity College of Music and then joined the young musicians course at Kingsway - Princeton College. She studied for her BA degree in music at Colchester Institute, specialising in performance and studying piano with Clifford Evans. She then undertook a post-graduate course in piano accompaniment at Trinity College of Music studying under Christine Croshaw. Kathryn has given many recitals with singers and instrumentalists appearing at venues such as Southwark Cathedral, The Churchill Theatre, Burgh House and Leighton House. She has appeared in Masterclass with accompanist Roger Vignoles and Geoffrey Pratley and in recital with Willard White and with the soprano Ann Musial with whom she works regularly. She teaches the piano privately and at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School and Bexley Music Centre and is a freelance accompanist.

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