Owain Park Director
Owain Park is a conductor, composer, singer and organist. As well as directing The Gesualdo Six, he maintains a busy schedule of conducting projects, which has recently included four series of Bach Cantatas, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu nostri, Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas and Bach’s St John Passion. Owain was a Senior Scholar on the Conducting Programme of Queens’, working with internationally-renowned conductors including Natalia Luis-Bassa and Paul Brough. Owain was recently appointed as conductor of the Cambridge Chorale.
Owain is also a prize-winning composer, published by Novello. His music has been performed across the world, by ensembles including the Tallis Scholars, the Aurora Orchestra and the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir. Recent works include Footsteps for Tenebrae and Nigel Short, and Beati quorum via, commissioned by the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust for The Countess of Wessex. This season, The Wings of the Wind has been included by The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge in their tour programme to Australia and Hong Kong, and his chamber opera, The Snow Child, was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His compositions have won awards from organisations including the National Centre for Early Music and his music has been broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4, and Classic FM.
Owain holds the FRCO diploma having been Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral and Trinity College Cambridge, and currently sings in The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge as a postgraduate student studying for a Masters in composition.
To find out more, please visit www.owainpark.co.uk.
Guy James Countertenor
Guy James is a London-based countertenor and a founding member of The Gesualdo Six. He performs, records and tours with a wide selection of choirs and smaller ensembles including Polyphony, the Amici Voices and the Italian Ensemble Odhecaton and has now appeared on over 20 commercial CDs of choral music.
Raised in Dursley in Gloucestershire, Guy received academic and music scholarships to study in the VIth form at Cheltenham College and went on to read Natural Sciences (Physical) at St. John’s College in Cambridge, graduating with an MSci and a speciality in Organic Chemistry for Drug Discovery in 2013. During his undergraduacy Guy was a choral scholar in the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, directed by Stephen Layton. In his time at Trinity the choir was voted ‘5th Best Choir in the World’ by Gramophone magazine, won a Gramophone award and was received an American Grammy award nomination. The choir also toured across Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia.
Recent solo appearances have included Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions, and the Weihnacht’s-Oratorium with the Amici Voices and also Cantata 170 ‘Vergnügte Rüh’ and Mozart’s Requiem in Trinity College chapel.
Continuing his interest in Science and Science Policy, Guy has written for The Observer and the Cambridge Globalist as a Science Policy writer. In his spare time he enjoys playing Table Tennis, Badminton and Cricket.
Alex Chance Countertenor
Alex graduated in 2015 having read Classics at New College, Oxford, where he was a choral scholar under the direction of Edward Higginbottom for three years, and then of Robert Quinney for one. Many opportunities for solo performances came his way all over the world, most notably in Grace Cathedral, San Francisco where he sang the alto arias in Bach’s St John Passion. He also made a number of recordings with the New College Choir, including a recent CD of John Blow symphony anthems, on which he features heavily as a soloist.
More recent appearances have included a joint recital with his father, Michael Chance, in the Stour Festival, Handel’s ‘Saul’ with the the Choir of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, solo appearances in Handel’s Messiah with Richard Cooke at Canterbury Cathedral, Bach’s St John Passion with Mark Deller at St Mary’s Ashford, Christmas Oratorio with Robert Quinney at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, Magnificat with Edward Higginbottom at King’s Place in London, and regularly with Tom Hammond-Davies and the Oxford Bach Soloists. Upcoming solo highlights include the role of Micah in Handel’s Samson at the Stour Festival, and Bach’s B Minor Mass with Vox Luminis in Utrecht. He also works frequently with ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars, Tenebrae, Vox Luminis, and the Marian Consort.
He is also a keen sportsman, and represented New College in both football and cricket, despite, in the case of the latter, often having to leave after the first innings to go and sing.
Joseph Wicks Tenor
Joseph Wicks is currently studying for a degree in Music at Cambridge University whilst being Junior Organ Scholar at St John’s College. He spent a gap year as Organ Scholar of Hereford Cathedral, and before this was the Sixth Form Organ Scholar at Lancing College. He began his musical education as a Chorister, later Bishop’s (Head) Chorister of Salisbury Cathedral, singing there for six years where he first enjoyed the daily round of evensong and the rich repertoire of an English Cathedral Choir.
Joseph is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) and twice won the Lancing College music competition on the organ. Recent recital venues include Hereford Cathedral, St John’s College, Cambridge and St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. Joseph’s ultimate ambition is to be a Cathedral organist and Director of Music.
In addition, Joseph has remained a keen singer, now being taught by David Lowe in Cambridge. He is a graduate of the prestigious Genesis Sixteen, a training scheme for talented young singers run by internationally renowned choir The Sixteen and its director Harry Christophers.
Josh Cooter Tenor
Josh began his musical studies as a chorister at Chichester Cathedral before accepting a music scholarship to Eton College. Having finished his degree at King’s College London, where he sang in the chapel choir under the late David Trendell, he began work as a freelance singer and now pursues a busy ensemble career, enjoying singing for some of the UK’s most prestigious consorts such as The Sixteen, Tenebrae and Britten Sinfonia Voices as well as other upcoming groups such as Siglo de Oro and The Fieri Consort. Recent soloist highlights include singing the role of Evangelist in Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’, Jupiter in Handel’s ‘Semele’ and solos in Schutz’s ‘Christmas Story’ and Handel’s ‘Israel in Egypt’. Not just content with singing, Josh also teaches the trombone and aims to teach himself the harmonica in order to ultimately become the one man band he’s always dreamed of…
Michael Craddock Baritone
Michael is a London-based freelance singer, who started his musical education with the choir of Trinity College Cambridge, whom he sung with for four years. Whilst studying Mathematics, he found himself in many university productions, including Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona (Uberto), Milhaud Le Pauvre Matelot L’Ami and Bernstein Trouble in Tahiti (Sam), and was invited back in 2014 to the university to sing the title role in Don Giovanni. His student days now behind him, Michael appears regularly as a soloist, and with choirs such as Polyphony and the Choir of the Enlightenment, and is currently learning with Gary Coward. In 2013 he undertook a tour of cathedrals with the City of London Sinfonia singing the baritone solos in the Fauré Requiem, broadcast live on Radio 3. In addition to performing with the Gesualdo Six, he is a founder member of the consort group Amici Voices, with whom he regularly performs the works of JS Bach one-to-a-part.
Recent operatic performances include Walton “The Bear” (Smirnov) for Opera Minima and Opera Anywhere, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom) in Aldeburgh, sharing the role with Matthew Rose, Donizetti Don Pasquale (Dr. Malatesta) for Opera Minima, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Yamidori) for Opera A La Carte and Verdi’s La Traviata (Marchese) for Regent’s Opera at the Bermuda Festival. He will be singing the dual roles of Alfio/Tonio in Hampstead Garden Opera’s Spring 2016 performances of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci. Michael is a regular with the choir of the London Oratory, and in between his vocal engagements he works for a very accommodating barristers chambers as an accountant. In his spare time he enjoys moving pictures, hopped beverages and cricket, a venn diagram of interests which intersects perfectly with his colleagues in The Gesualdo Six.
Samuel Mitchell Bass
Sam is currently living in Oxford, where he balances his life singing at Christ Church Cathedral and teaching music academic music at a sixth form college. After finishing his A levels at Oundle School where he was a music scholar, Sam spent a gap year in Truro, singing with the very well respected Cathedral Choir. Sam went on to read music at the University of Manchester. During his three years in Manchester Sam performed regularly as a pianist as well as a singer, becoming heavily involved in many ensembles across the city.
Upon leaving university, Sam decided to embark upon a singing career and has since performed as a soloist and with many leading ensembles across the country. Sam sings regularly with groups such as The Sixteen, Siglo de Oro and Britten Sinfonia Voices. Like Joe, Sam is also a graduate of the same vintage of the Genesis Sixteen programme, a series of courses for talented young singers run by The Sixteen and Harry Christophers.
As a soloist Sam has performed works from Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs to arias Handel’s Messiah and Saul and scenes from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro to Ades’ The Tempest. Sam is a keen recitalist and his currently developing a strong passion for lieder, particularly of Schubert and Schumann.
In his spare time, Sam likes to keep his piano skills to a reasonable standard, collecting vinyls and cooking.
Hiroshi Amako Tenor (Sept 2014 – June 2016)
Hiroshi Amako was a Choral Scholar in Trinity College Choir, and is an avid singer of Bach, often appearing as the Evangelist in performances of Christmas Oratorio and the St John Passion. In his spare time, Hiroshi enjoys cooking and fiddling with computers – though both aren’t always successful.
Pat Dunachie Countertenor (May 2014 – May 2016)
Pat started singing as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral and was later a Choral Scholar in the Choir of King’s College. He enjoys editing and typesetting early music, with his editions used by performers including Carolyn Sampson, His Majesty’s Sackbutts and Cornetts and Ex Cathedra. To relax, Patrick enjoys performing magic tricks, drinking real ale, and attempting to ascend climbing walls – though not usually in that order. Pat is now a member of The King’s Singers.
Jonathan Pacey Bass (March 2014 – Sept 2015)
Jonny started out as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral and was a founding member of The Gesualdo Six. He later read music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar under Stephen Layton, and is now a member of VOCES8.