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Meet the Singers

Unlike other ensembles of its type, Stile Antico has no conductor. Its twelve members work as chamber musicians, rehearsing intensively together to arrive at the group’s musical interpretations, and listening closely and responding to one another’s voices in performance.

Helen Ashby

Soprano

Helen Ashby

Helen sings with a variety of ensembles in the UK including the Oxford Camerata, Brabant Ensemble, The King’s Consort and La Nuova Musica. She is a member of the choir of St Margaret’s Westminster, London, and teaches singing at the London Oratory School, and Christ Church, Chelsea. Recent solo work includes Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Bach’s St John Passion. When not singing, Helen is usually researching upcoming Stile tour locations to find the best restaurants.

Kate Ashby

Soprano

Kate Ashby

Kate enjoys a busy career as a professional singer specialising in early music. She performs with groups such as The Brabant Ensemble and Chapelle du Roi, and regularly records film soundtracks with London Voices. She studies with Berty Rice and teaches singing at Orchard House Prep School. In addition to singing, Kate is a joint Artistic Director of the Oxford Early Music Festival.
Rebecca Hickey

Soprano

Rebecca Hickey

When not singing with Stile Antico, Becky spends much of her time providing transport for her children, who are both choristers at Southwark Cathedral. She may on occasion be spotted with ensembles such as The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars, Oxford Camerata and The Cardinall’s Musick. She is also a long-standing member of Tonus Peregrinus and features as a soloist on their recordings, Arvo Pärt Passio and Léonin, Pérotin: Sacred Music from Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Emma Ashby

Alto

Emma Ashby

Emma sings regularly with various ensembles in the UK, including the Tallis Scholars, the Brabant Ensemble and the Oxford Camerata, and increasingly enjoys working as a soloist. As well as enjoying the busy touring lifestyle of a choral singer, she is passionate about teaching both singing and cello, which she does privately and at Summer Fields school in Oxford, where she lives.

Eleanor Harries Clarke

Alto

Eleanor Harries Clarke

Eleanor was a choral scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where she studied Mathematics. She now sings for The Choir of the Chapels Royal, HM Tower of London, as well as ensembles such as Polyphony, Philharmonia Voices and The Cambridge Singers. She studies with Alexander Massey, and sings regularly as a soloist; recent appearances include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and the Duruflé Requiem.

Katie Schofield

Alto

Katie Schofield

Katie studied law at university before turning to a life of itinerant singing. She sings with groups including Tenebrae, BBC Singers, Monteverdi Choir, Polyphony, Cardinall’s Musick, Tallis Scholars and Dunedin Consort. She spent three fulfilling years as a Lay Clerk in the choir of Peterborough Cathedral. When not singing, Katie enjoys sleeping on public transport and coming up with new nicknames for herself. She leaves the group in 2019 to pursue a career in psychology.

Andrew Griffiths

Tenor

Andrew Griffiths

Andrew works widely as a conductor, singer, pianist and coach. He has conducted for The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Early Opera Company, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Orchestra of the Swan, and regularly directs the BBC Singers. He is a staff coach at the National Opera Studio, and has worked at Glyndebourne, ENO and Scottish Opera. His solo engagements include all the Bach Evangelists.

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Jonathan Hanley

Tenor

Jonathan Hanley

A lapsed Historian, Jonathan now works full-time as an ensemble singer and soloist, performing with some of the finest ensembles in the UK. He was a Monteverdi Choir Apprentice and has gone on to work regularly with the group. His recent solo work includes Bach Johannes-Passion, Britten Saint Nicolas and Monteverdi Vespers. He is a foodie and enjoys spending time on the coast in his native Suffolk.

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Benedict Hymas

Tenor

Benedict Hymas

Benedict works with many of the UK’s finest vocal ensembles as well as groups in Belgium, the Netherlands and the USA. As a soloist he is in demand as the Evangelist in Bach’s Passions, but has also performed works such as Purcell’s Fairy Queen, Britten’s Serenade and Arvo Pärt’s Passio. He is also passionate about the piano, and his Debussy medleys during Stile Antico breaks have been known to empty some of the world’s greatest concert halls.

 

James Arthur

Bass

James Arthur

James can be heard with a variety of ensembles such as La Nuova Musica, Taverner Consort, Brabant Ensemble, The Cardinall’s Musick, and Philharmonia Voices. Having studied opera, he has also sung in the choruses of ENO and the Bregenz Festival. A former Assistant Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral, he still regularly deputises there, and is in frequent demand as an oratorio soloist. When not singing he can usually be found making friends with dogs.

Will Dawes

Bass

Will Dawes

Will is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied choral conducting and singing. He lives in Oxford, where he is director of chapel music at Somerville College and director of music at the Church of St Mary Magdalen. He also sings with Magnificat and Polyphony, and was made an Associate of the RAM in 2019. He loves most unhealthy foodstuffs, and will definitely talk to you after a concert if you buy him a pint.

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Nathan Harrison

Bass

Nathan Harrison

Nathan read music at Cardiff University with the piano as his first study. Whilst there he discovered a love of choral music, and he hasn’t looked back. An alumnus of the Genesis Sixteen and the NYCGB Fellowship programme, he now sings with ensembles such as The Sixteen, St Martin’s Voices, and the Oxford Consort of Voices. Alongside his musical career, Nathan has a keen interest in fitness, and is training for a Level 3 Personal Training qualification.

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