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Recent appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

At University of Reading, 8th November, 2014 for Howard Goodall: Eternal Light and John Rutter: Mass of the Children

September 2014

Maggie Caswell           Soprano

Maggie Caswell studied with Wynford Evans until his death in 2009. As an extra-mural student at the University of Reading Music Department she won the Singing Prize and the Technical Prize in consecutive years. She has sung in masterclass with Ian Partridge, Neil Jenkins, Richard Jackson and Dame Josephine Barstow. She now studies with Christine Cairns.

Maggie sang with Wokingham Choral Society, directed by Stephen Layton, for some years, and was a soloist for several concerts including Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, as the Youth in Mendelssohn's Elijah and in John Rutter's Requiem.

Maggie has also been guest soloist with the Letchworth Sinfonia, where she sang Mozart's Exultate Jubilate, at The Chapel in Hatfield with the East Hertfordshire Chorus, singing Mozart's Laudate Dominum and with the South Chiltern Choral Society in Fauréís Requiem.

The Lampeter Chamber Orchestra invited Maggie to sing at an Amnesty International concert at the university, where she performed Mozart arias from The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro and the motet Exultate Jubilate. This was repeated two weeks later in Llansawel, in Carmarthenshire, to raise funds for the refurbishment of the local Community Centre. The Orchestra invited her back the following year for a Viennese evening where she sang songs by Lehar and Strauss.

In January 2011 she sang the soprano solo in Mahler's Fourth Symphony, with the Sinfonia of Cambridge.

Maggie is also a member of Thames Voyces, a chamber choir based at South Hill Park, Bracknell, and is a regular soloist. Performances include: Vaughan-Williams' Mass in G minor; Mozart's Laudate Dominum and the De Torrente duet in Handel's Dixit Dominus at Douai Abbey. At St Paul's Church in Wokingham she was the soprano soloist in the Mozart Requiem. More recently she was the soloist for both the Rutter Requiem and the Magnificat and in a new work, Immortality, by choir member and composer, Alun Grafton.

As a recitalist Maggie has performed several times at Bracknell's South Hill Park: 20th Century English and American Song, including songs by Samuel Barber and Benjamin Brittenís On this Island Suite, a programme which she repeated at The Arts Club in Dover Street, London; Mélodies Françaises, again at South Hill Park and a Lieder programme, featuring songs by Brahms, Mahler, Strauss and Wagner.

This summer Maggie attended two summer schools where she was a soloist in a mass by Cherubini and, at Stamms Abbey near Innsbruck, Austria, where she was a soloist in the first performance of a Mass by Jan Zack, which was composed especially for the Abbey in the mid eighteenth century and which was conducted by Timothy Brown.

September 2014