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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society: Carris Jones joined Wokingham Choral Society at Eton College School Hall on Saturday 17th Novemeber 2007 to perform Handel's Coronation Anthem 'My heart is inditing and Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate K165.

October 2007

Carris Jones       Mezzo-soprano

Carris Jones is a second year postgraduate on the vocal studies course at the Royal Academy of Music where she is taught by Jane Highfield and Audrey Hyland. Prior to taking up her place at the Royal Academy, she was a choral scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where she read History.

Her extensive experience on the oratorio platform includes performances across the UK of Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem and Coronation Mass, Bach B minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio, Handel Messiah, Beethoven Mass in C and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music. She is a keen recitalist and has performed songs by Haydn and Schumann at the Conway Hall and Holywell Music Room, Oxford, and Fauré's Chanson d'Ève in Cambridge. In 2004 Carris made her operatic debut as Auntie Peter Grimes, and at the Academy has performed the roles of Madame Larina Onegin, Nancy Martha, Meg Page Falstaff and Mère Marie Dialogues des Carmélites. She has also participated in masterclasses with Susan McCulloch, Robin Bowman, Patricia McMahon and Sally Burgess.

Carris also has a busy schedule of ensemble work, singing with the Gabrieli Consort, the Kings Consort and Tenebrae. She has performed at the BBC Proms under Bernard Haitink and at the Royal Festival Hall under Daniel Harding. She is a founder member of Stile Antico, an unconducted early music vocal ensemble whose debut CD went to #2 in the US classical charts in 2007. With them she has also toured Europe with Sting as part of his Dowland lute song project, Songs from the Labyrinth.

Future plans include a recital of songs of innocence in St Stephen's Festival in London. She hopes to progress onto the opera course at the Royal Academy next year.