The CASC Associates
Sam Evans, trained as a Baritone at King's College Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music. He enjoys a busy career as a performer, choir master and singing teacher. He runs choirs and vocal groups that cater for all tastes and levels of experience. He is currently Music Director of Battersea Choral Society, Teddington Choral Society, the Battersea Power Station Community Choir, the Kingston Singers, and the Kew Gardens Choir. He directs "Barcarolle", a ladies choir based in Kensington, and runs the Chamber Choir at Kingston University. He was previously Music Director of Riverside Opera, and Choral Director at the University of Reading. His career as a soloist has included performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Opéra Comique in Paris, and Sydney Opera House. He is currently Head of Vocal Studies at Highgate School in London.
Mezzo-Soprano Martha Maclorinan is a versatile singer who enjoys a varied career of opera, oratorio, consort work, session work and recitals. Martha has performed as a soloist for numerous internationally renowned choral ensembles including The Sixteen, Tenebrae, The Gabrieli Consort, Ex Cathedra, the OAE and Les Siecles in venues around the UK and Europe. On the operatic stage Martha has performed numerous roles including The Notary's Wife in Intermezzo by Strauss and Lotinka in Dvorak's The Jacobin, both for Buxton Festival Opera and La Messaggera in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with I Fagolini at the Swindica festival in Poland.
Alongside her blossoming performance career Martha has over a decade of experience as a teacher and is involved with workshops and outreach projects. She regularly leads educational workshops for The Gabrieli Consort and Tenebrae, provides vocal coaching at Zenobia music courses in Spain, and teaches at the University of York. If you would like more information please visit www.marthamclorinan.com
Alex Ashworth is a concert and opera singer working across Europe and the United Kingdom. His recordings include Bach's B Minor Mass and St Matthew Passion for Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky with the London Symphony Orchestra, Guilio Cesare for Glydnebourne Festival Opera (DVD) and Monteverdi Vespers with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Amongst others Alex has sung with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, CBSO, the English Baroque Soloists, and the Halle Orchestra. He has performed at Glydnebourne, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera in a variety of roles.
Alongside his performing career Alex is a dedicated teacher. He is Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music and also teaches at the University of York. He previously taught at the Reykjavik International Academy of Voice. He regularly gives workshops for singers of all kinds around the UK, Spain and the US. For more information please visit www.alexashworth.com
Katie Thomas studied Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Noted as a leading choral specialist in the UK, she is in demand as a conductor, workshop leader, and guest-conductor.
Katie is consultant to the BBC Symphony Chorus, Royal College of Music and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britian. She is an adjudicator of choral festivals worldwide for INTERKULTUR and technique tutor for the Association of British Choral Directors.
As a Professional singer, Katie performed internationally with The Monteverdi Choir (also as rehearsal assistant to Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Polyphony, the Academy of Ancient Music and Tenebrae at venues ranging from Wigmore Hall London to the Vienna Musikeverien and Carnigie Hall, New York.
Katie is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Constellation Club, her own professional orchestra and choir. For more information please visit www.katiethomasconductor.com
Matthew Venner began his singing career as a Chorister at Westminster Abbey. From there, he went to Bedford School on a music scholarship and then studied as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford.
His solo work takes him across the UK and Europe with notable concerts in Birmingham Symphony Hall, St Paul's Cathedral, London, and most recently at the NFW in Wroclaw, Poland. He has performed in several world premiers including James Macmillan's Seven Angels and Alex Roth's A Time To Dance. He has recorded as a soloist with Signum Classics and Hyperion record labels.
He also performs with many of today's leading vocal ensembles including The Cardinall's Musick, The King's Consort and The Monteverdi Choir. He is a member of the internationally renowned Orlando Consort, an ensemble specialising in medieval and early renaissance music, and often leads choral workshops with them. He is also a Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral. For more information please visit www.matthewvenner.com
Peter Davoren trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Dutch National Opera Academy before embarking on a versatile career as a soloist and consort singer. Peter has performed with The Monteverdi Choir, The Academy of Ancient Music, Solomon's Knot and Ex Cathedra and has performed recitals in the Oxford Lieder Festival and at the Wigmore Hall.
On the operatic stage Peter has performed principal roles with Opera Holland Park, Wexford Festival Opera and Teatru Manoel in Malta.
Alongside his extensive performance career Peter is an experienced and sought after teacher and guest conductor.
After graduating from both the University of Bristol and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Welsh tenor Gareth Treseder became an Apprentice for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir. Solo engagements during his apprenticeship included Bach's Cantata 61 and Cantata 70 in Paris' Cite de la Musique, Berlin's Philharmonie and London's Cadogan Hall. He has since performed as a consort soloist on several Soli Deo Gloria recordings. He performed the role of The Shepherd in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex alongside the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and for te LSO's CD release. He subsequently sang the role with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent solo performances include roles in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and L'incoronazione di Poppea across Europe and America. This included a special performance in from of HRH The Prince of Wales in Buckingham Palace. Monteverdi Vespers in New York's Carnegie Hall, King's College Cambridge and Chateau de Versailles and Mozart's Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall.
Gareth is also a published composer of sacred and secuar works, many of which have been performed and recorded across the world. Recent commissions include Eltham Choral Society's In Flanders Field's: A War Cantata, written to commemorate the World War One Centenary, and the Exon Singers' O Virgo Splendens to celebrate their 50th anniversary. For more information please visit www.garethtreseder.com