Soloists in Mostly Mozart

Saturday 19 March 2005  in All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove

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Lisa Jasmine Rijmer

Lisa Jasmine Rijmer  (soprano)

Lisa has an unrivalled international background - she was born in Nigeria to Japanese and Dutch parentage. She was first employed as a Molecular Biologist in the Alzheimer Research field, having studied Medical Biochemistry at King's College London, and Biomedical Research at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.

A change of direction took her in June 2004 to the Trinity College of Music, where she successfully completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Voice, and is currently studying for an Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma. She had been a part-time student at the Guildhall School of Music under the guidance of Sarah Pring, and is currently learning with Linda Hirst, Alistair Young and Barry Jobling. She has given various recitals in London, Brussels and Japan, and  after graduation in June 2005 hopes to go into opera.

Christina Whyte  (mezzo-soprano)

Christina was born in Glasgow and studied at the Music School of Douglas Academy and the University of Glasgow. She has recently graduated from Trinity College of Music with a BMus Honours degree.  At Trinity she studied with Laureen Livingstone and was a finalist for the 2004 Lillian Ash French Song Prize.  She was also awarded the 2004 Silver Medal for Vocal Studies. She is currently working towards her Postgraduate Diploma in Performance at TCM.

Her choral and ensemble work includes singing with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, the TCM Chamber Choir and Early Music Ensemble and as a choral scholar at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich. Christina is a founder member of the small vocal ensemble, El Escorial, which has sung in venues throughout London, exploring early sacred and a cappella music.

Recent concert and opera credits range from Vivaldi's Gloria and Bach's Magnificat, and singing in Biber's Requiem as part of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Outstanding Young Musicians Series, to Menotti's Saint of Bleeker Street in London's West End, and Malcolm Williamson's Our Man in Havana.

At the Dartington International Summer School last summer she coached in Italian Madrigal singing and also performed with El Escorial.

Christina Whyte

Christina has sung in masterclasses for Emma Kirkby, Paul Hamburger and Nicholas Clapton, and recorded CDs with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Queldryk Charnber Choir.

Sam Boden

Sam Boden  (tenor)

Sam has been involved in music all through his life, participating in various children's choirs and orchestras. He started to study the cello at Trinity College of Music junior department at the age of 14. He also joined the 4-part choir run by Philip Colman and sang the tenor solo in Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb just before he left at age 15.

At 17 he embarked on a career as a chef, but a couple of years later decided to return to music, and since 2002 has been at Trinity College. There he has been a member of the TCM chamber choir and has been abroad with them on two occasions, most recently singing in Tolosa in Spain, where in international competition the choir gained two bronze trophies. In a recent performance with the chamber choir and orchestra in the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Sam was the tenor solo in Kenneth Leighton's Columba Mea.

At the end of his first year, Sam was chosen to represent Trinity in the annual junior Kathleen Ferrier bursary competition. He has been in various early music productions, including Emilio di Cavallieri's Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo performed in the Painted Hall on Trinity's campus.

Last December Sam took the part of the Government Official in a new opera by Trinity's composer in residence Errollyn Wallen - Another America: Earth. He also sang The Child in Michael Tippett's modern oratorio A Child of our Time, performed both in St Bartholomew's, Brighton and Blackheath Halls.

Philip Canner  (baritone)

It was with a Masters in Engineering that Philip Canner graduated from Cambridge University in 2004 . But while at Cambridge he had been singing in the Queens' College Chapel Choir, with whom he toured and made recordings. He also performed in several shows and operas, including lead roles in Ruddigore and Pirates of Penzance (Minack Theatre, Cornwall), and The Yeomen of the Guard (Arts Theatre, Cambridge), as well as chorus roles in The Magic Flute and Dido and Aeneas (ADC Theatre, Cambridge).

Now Philip is studying for a Postgraduate Diploma at Trinity College of Music where he has been awarded a scholarship. He is a choral scholar with the TCM Chapel Choir, and sings with the TCM Chamber Choir and Early Music Vocal Ensemble.

Recent solo performances include Magnificat (Bach) and Requiem (Mozart) with the
Winchester City Festival Choir, and Messiah (Handel) with Appassionare (Cambridge).

Philip Canner

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