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Aecilia Osmond photograph

Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Cecilia Osmond joined Wokingham Choral Society at All Saints' Church, Wokingham on 22 June 2002 to perform Rutter's Requiem.

June 2002

Cecilia Osmond       Soprano

Born in Canada in 1977, Cecilia Osmond was a music scholar at St Paul's Girls' School, London, and then a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she read Music. Upon graduation from Trinity she was awarded a Travelling Studentship, enabling her to continue her vocal studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Julie Kennard and Clara Taylor. While at the Royal Academy she received the Ethel Bilsland and Van Smit Prizes for Singing and the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

As well as performing frequently with professional vocal ensembles such as The Sixteen, The Talus Scholars and The King's Consort, Cecilia enjoys a developing profile as a soloist. She performed Bach's cantata O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit in the London Bach Festival 2000 with the Royal Academy's Period Instrument Baroque Orchestra under Laurence Cummings, and subsequently recorded the work. More recently, she performed the title role in Handel's Theodora at the Spitalfields Festival 2001 with director Nicholas McGegan.

Cecilia is in constant demand as an oratorio soloist, with recent performances including Brahms' Requiem (Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals), Mozart's Requiem (King's College Choir/Stephen Cleobury), Orff's Carmina Burana (Royal Albert Hall/Sir David Wilicocks) and Bach's Matthäus-Passion (Florilegium/David Hill). Future engagements include performances of Handel's Messiah in Hereford and Hull and Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise in Romsey Abbey.

Early Music Today, reviewing a recent concert, described her as the "star of the evening... sang through the demanding programme with total assurance, glorious sound and great clarity of line."