We are thrilled to be welcoming Alasdair Austin to The Gesualdo Six team as our new second countertenor.
We would like to thank all of the countertenors and mezzo-sopranos who came to audition – we thoroughly enjoyed working with so many talented and passionate musicians.
Alasdair said of joining The Gesualdo Six:
“I am delighted to be the newest member of G6! I feel very lucky to be joining at such an exciting time for the group with a calendar packed with concerts, tours, recordings and interesting projects. It has always been my dream to make singing a career so for this to become a reality straight after graduating from university is enormously exciting. I look forward to creating superb music alongside some very fine musicians and wonderful people… and teaching them a thing or two about how to bowl a killer leg-break.”
Over the past couple of years, we have often performed with an ATTBarBB line-up (with one of us moonlighting as a second countertenor – those who’ve been to concerts will know who’s been filling in…!) Now with Sam Mitchell leaving the group, and the appointment of Alasdair, we are returning to the same forces as when we were formed back in 2014 – just in time for our 10th anniversary season!
Alasdair will officially join us in September, but is also rehearsing and performing with us in the run up, including at Boxgrove Choral Festival on the 31 August. We look forward to welcoming him to the team.
Alasdair has just graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge where he read Human, Social and Political Sciences. He began his singing career as a chorister at Jesus College, Cambridge and then became a choral scholar at Peterborough Cathedral. Notable achievements include being runner-up in BBC’s Young Chorister of the Year, and performing as Harry in ETO’s production of Albert Herring and as Cobweb in Shadwell Opera’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. During his studies, Alasdair has been heavily involved with the University Opera Society, starring as Damon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, The Spirit in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Athamas in Handel’s Semele, alongside singing in the choir at St John’s College. His recent solo work includes Bach’s St John Passion and B Minor Mass, and Handel’s Samson.
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