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Photo: Clare Park

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Gillian Keith joined Wokingham Choral Society at Eton College Chapel on 24 March 2002 performing J. S. Bach's Mass in B Minor.

March 2002

Gillian Keith       Soprano

Toronto-born soprano Gillian Keith was the winner of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2000. A gruaduate of McGill University, her postgraduate studies were at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she won all the major song prizes and the award for Best Final Recital. Her recordings include the recently discovered Handel Gloria with John Eliot Gardiner for Philips, Purcell's The Tempest for Naxos, and a disc of early Debussy songs for Deux-Elles (to be released).

She performed with John Eliot Gardiner throughout Europe and in the U.S.A. on his year 2000 Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, and in 2001 she sang as soloist with Gardiner in performances of Handel's Messiah and Israel in Egypt in Germany, Austria and Turkey. She sang the role of Josabeth in Athalia in the 2001 London Handel Festival. Of her performance the Financial Times wrote, "Keith sang radiantly, with a fluent technique...and showed a wonderful polished quality high in her register." Further performances in 2001 included the Brighton Festival with Richard Hickox and the City of London Sinfonia, the Felicja Blumental Festival in Tel Aviv with Yuli Turovsky and I Musici de Montreal, and the Cheltenham Festival, where she gave the world premiere of Clandestiny by the British composer Simon Holt.

Gillian made her Wigmore Hall recital debut in June 2001. Earlier this year she sang with the Classical Opera Company in a programme of concert arias by Mozart and his contemporaries, of which the Evening Standard wrote, "...she sang with easy brilliance, thrilling in Mozart's Per pieta with the silky tone of her top notes." In February of this year she worked with Nicholas McGegan, performing Handel's Gloria, and works by Arne and Mendelssohn with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Next month she will be performing with the Los Angeles Bach Society, and giving a recital for CBC Radio in Montreal. Other upcoming engagements include Handel's The Choice of Hercules and Bach's B Minor Mass with The London Handel Festival Orchestra, Mendelssohn's Midsummernight's Dream with John Eliot Gardiner, and Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne with the Classical Opera Company at the Schwetzingen Festival in Germany.

Her operatic roles have included Papagena in Mozart's The Magic Flute for Toronto's Opera Atelier and Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She is currently performing as soprano soloist in English National Opera's staging of Bach's St John Passion. She looks forward to singing the role of Woodbird in Wagner's Siegfried and Amor in Gluck's Orfeo, both for Scottish Opera.

Gillian studies with Ian Partridge and Barbara Bonney.