Celebrated soloists join society for concert
Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society are giving a concert on Saturday, featuring Mozart's Requiem.
The society will be joined by the Chameleon Arts Classical Orchestra playing period instruments and under the baton of Matthew Owens.
Other items on the programme include Mozart's Symphony No 40in G minor and Haydn's Te Deum in C.
Soloists for the evening are soprano Louise Walsh, mezzo soprano Madeleine Shaw, tenor Ed Lyon and bass Darren Jeffery.
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Louise Walsh has built a strong reputation as one of the most accomplished artists working in Europe.
Her repertoire spans 400 years in styles from opera to West End leading roles.
Louise has sung Christine in The Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, London and has been a guest soloist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and English National Opera.
Mezzo soprano Madeleine Shaw is a Samling Scholar who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio supported by English National Opera.
Madeleine was subsequently part of the Young Singers Programme at ENO.
Performing internationally in many major roles her engagements this season include Siegrune Die Walküre for Opera North, Rossweise Die Walküre at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Mercedes Carmen and further performances of Death in Venice both for ENO and at the Holland Festival.
Tenor Ed Lyon studied at St John's College, Cambridge, the Royal Academy and the National Opera Studio.
Concert engagements include Mozart Requiem with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Maxwell-Davies' Solstice of Light at the BBC Proms, Berlioz L'Enfancedu Christ with Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg under Ivor Bolton and also with Musikkollegium Winterthur under Douglas Boyd, Tom Rakewell/The Rake's Progress with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as well as concerts at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals.
He also has a wide repertoire which spans more than 500 years, from Monteverdi, Handel, Rameau and Lully, through Haydn and Mozart to Berlioz, Strauss, Stravinsky, Britten, and late 20th century composers.
Bass Darren Jeffery studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and was a member of the Royal Opera Vilar Young Artists Programme.
His operatic and concert performances show a wide range.
Darren Jeffery was a finalist in the 2008 Seattle International Wagner Competition.
Tickets are £20 for the front nave, £18 for the rear nave, £12 for the front side aisles and £10 for the rear side aisles.
They are available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office on 01749 672773 and at the door.