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Julian Empett joined Wokingham Choral Society at All Saints Church, Wokingham on Saturday June 25th 2005 to perform an Evening of French Music.

Julian Empett       Baritone

Julian Empett graduated with a science degree from King's College London, and studied singing with the British baritone David Wilson-Johnson at his "Ferrandou" summer school in the Dordogne and privately at his London studio.He went on to study with the Husler exponent Peter Harrison.He was also a student of the Mayer Lismann Opera Workshop at ROH Covent Garden, and of Morley Opera.

In 2002 he made his Promenade Concert solo debut with The English Concert under Trevor Pinnock, taking the role of the High Priest in Bach's St. Matthew Passion. In December 2003 he sang the baritone solo in Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on Christmas Carols in Westminster Abbey broadcast on Classic FM on Christmas Day.Last year he made his Barbican début in Mozart's Requiem.This May he made his QEH debut with the London Orpheus Choir singing Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Other recent solo engagements have included Duruflé's Messe 'Cum Jubilo' in Westminster Abbey, Britten's Canticle IV 'Journey of the Magi' with countertenor James Bowman and tenor Ian Partridge, Handel's Alexander's Feast in St. John's Smith Square, Tippett's A Child of Our Time in Ely Cathedral and Mendelssohn's Elijah for the Northampton Bach Choir.

Julian has given a number of song recitals.Most significant amongst these have been Schubert's Winterreise with pianist Raymond Lewis, and Vaughan Williams's Songs of Travel and Sir Arthur Somervell's Tennyson's 'Maud' with pianist John Nightingale.

Julian Empett is also a bass Lay Vicar (Gentleman of the Choir) at Westminster Abbey. As well as singing the daily services he has taken part in numerous TV and radio broadcasts, most notably at the funeral in 2002 of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother where he was cantor for McKie's setting of Psalm 121. Since joining the Abbey choir in 2000 he has toured to the USA, France, Germany, China, Taiwan, and Denmark.

Julian also sings with many of the country's leading professional choirs including The Sixteen, The BBC Singers, European Voices, the Choir of the Enlightenment, Collegium Musicum 90, The King's Consort, The Tallis Scholars and The English Concert, taking him to Japan, Spain, Austria and Belgium.

  April 2004