A NEW COMMEMORATIVE RECORDING OF THE MUSIC OF the late WILLIAM PETTER:
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OUR FIRST RECORDING - 'REGINA COELI' (limited quantities available)
Sleeve notes: http://www.stmagnusmartyr.org.uk/recording.pdf
Sampler video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOPaVM-gifs
OUR SECOND RECORDING - 'INEXPLICABLE SPLENDOUR'
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Europe £4.30 £5.15
World £5.65 £7.90
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The Choir at St Magnus (left to right)
Lottie Bagnall (Musical Director/soprano), Madeline Smith (mezzo-soprano), John Eady (organist/accompanist), William Johnston Davies (tenor, not yet pictured)), George Dye (bass)
Photo to be updated with William Johnston Smith, as Bradley Smith has now left the St Magnus Singers to pursue his own opera career.
WILLIAM JOHNSTON DAVIES – Director of Music, Tenor
William joined the choir of St Magnus the Martyr in 2019. He studied singing as a postgraduate at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he was generously supported by the Kathleen Creed Scholarship and the Savile Club Scholarship, and by the Old Royal Naval College Chapel as a Choral Scholar. Before beginning his professional training he read Geography at Hatfield College, Durham University, where he was also a Choral Scholar.
Stage highlights include Arbace Idomeneo (Blackheath Halls Opera); Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Pop-up Opera); Albert, Albert Herring (Hampstead Garden Opera); and the title role in a staging of Handel’s Belshazzar under Nicholas Kraemer (Trinity Laban Opera).
Concert engagements have included Haydn The Creation; Mendelssohn Lobgesang; Rossini Petite messe solennelle; Bach cantatas under Robert Howarth and Steven Devine; and song recitals at St James’s Piccadilly and the Chipping Camden International Music Festival. William sings, records and tours with various professional vocal ensembles, including Polyphony under Stephen Layton. He teaches singing at Eaton House The Manor, and also enjoys work as a professional bass guitarist.
JOHN EADY - Organist
John was born in 1976 and studied music at King's College London, the Royal Academy of Music and cello at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Stefan Popov.
In 2002 he started to learn the organ with Anne Marsden Thomas at the St Giles International Organ School and in 2006 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He is currently a freelance cellist and organist, manages his string quartet named Four Strings Attached. He has also been a visiting instrumental and theory teacher at Eastbourne College, Battle Abbey School and Lancing College.
Since 2008 he has been organist at St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge.
In 2012 he won a composition competition at St Paul’s Cathedral with his Pentecost anthem Veni Sancte Spiritus and in 2013 won a further composition competition at Lincoln Cathedral with his eight-part Matin Responsory.
LOTTIE BAGNALL - Soprano
Lottie is a freelance soprano, conductor and music teacher. She studied Music at Cambridge University, where she was a choral scholar at Christ's and Jesus Colleges, and furthered her studies at Thames Valley University and the Associated Studios in Hammersmith. She continues to study with Jenny Deakin.
Lottie joined the choir of St Magnus-the-Martyr in 2012 and became Director in 2016. Lottie continues to perform as a freelance opera and concert soloist and is in great demand as a choral and consort singer for professional groups all over the UK.
Lottie also teaches singing at Bedford School and piano/violin at Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory School and lives in Bedford with her husband, Harry Bagnall and their yellow Labrador, Mungo
MADELINE SMITH - Mezzo Soprano
Madeline has been singing since the age of 11 when she joined St Paul's Cathedral Junior Choir in Wellington, New Zealand, where she was born. Her first instruments, however, were piano and violin, which she studied from the age of 4 and in which she gained performance diplomas while still at school. After graduating to the adult choir at St Paul's at the age of 15, she joined various small vocal ensembles around Wellington, and also founded a chamber choir - Victoria Voices - at her university, and sang regularly with these groups around New Zealand until she left for the UK in 2003.
Since arriving in London, she has sung, toured and recorded with various groups, including the London Gallus Consort, Pegasus chamber choir and Oxford Voices.
Whilst working at Westminster Cathedral in her "day job", Madeline has been singing with the professional quartet at St Magnus the Martyr since 2011.
GEORGE DYE - Bass
George joined the choir of St Magnus the Martyr in 2014.
He was a choral scholar at St John's College, Cambridge where he studied singing with David Lowe. He sang principal roles with the Cambridge University Opera Society and Clare College Opera Society as well as performing a minor role in Sam Hogarth's contemporary opera David and Goliath.
He also studied at the St Petersburg Conservatory as a student of Mariinsky Artist Sergei Aleksashkin. During this year he sang the National Anthems of England and Russia on the occasion of HRH Prince Andrew's visit to St Petersburg, and also performed Winterreise in St Petersburg, Cambridge and in Somerset.
George has sung with the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardner as well as for many professional choirs around London.
George is also Music Director of his own male voice quartet Cantores Glastonii, and sings with professional male voice consort, the Gents of London.
A TRIBUTE to the late William Petter - former Director of Music and Tenor
William Petter was a freelance choral director, tenor and singing teacher based in London. He began his musical life as a chorister at New College, Oxford, under the direction of Edward Higginbottom. Whilst studying for a degree in Neuroscience at University College, London, he started singing as a tenor, and went on to study as a postgraduate at the Royal Academyof Music, for which he gained the highest award, distinction with DipRAM.
William began singing at St Magnus when the choir was formed in April 2005. He took over as Director of Music is November 2011, and has since directed the choir’s CD's, 'Regina Coeli' and 'Inexplicable Splendour'. William introduced a regular series of events where amateur singers augment the St Magnus quartet to perform larger scale works for special occasions, most notably the Rossini Stabat Mater on Good Friday 2014. He also directed the amateur chamber choirs Concordia Voices, based in Hampton Hill, and Sine Nomine Singers in Bickley. As a singer, William enjoyed a variety of work as an oratorio and recital soloist, as well as singing for groups including The Sixteen, the Choir of the Enlightenment, Philharmonia Voices, Britten Sinfonia Voices, London Voices, Westminster Abbey Choir, Westminster Cathedral Choir and other London church choirs. He also taught singing at Orchard House School and St. Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park, where a splendid Requiem Mass was given in thanksgiving for William and his family, on Tuesday October 18th 2016. Many of his former friends and colleagues were both present and performed at the Mass.
In the period before his death, Will continued to emerge as a highly talented composer and several of his works are to be recorded in the near future. Will is survived by his wife, Rebecca and baby Rose.
Former singers/soloists who feature on our CD's and /or have held prominent positions:
Bradley Smith - Tenor
After studying music as a Choral Scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, Bradley went on to train at the Royal Academy of Music where he was a prize- winning finalist in the Joan Chissel Prize for Schumann Lieder, winner of the Blythe-Buesst Aria Prize, and winner of the Tom Hammond Opera Prize.
Concert performances include Britten's Serenade for Tenor and Horn, Schumann's Liederkreis Op.39, Faure's La bonne chanson at King's Place, soloist in Bach's ChristmasOratorio at St John's Smith Square, soloist in the Bach Passions with the Hanover Band and Ex Cathedra, a reciital of Schubert Lieder at St Martin-in-the-Fields and soloist in a concert of the music of Henry Purcell at the Cadogan Hall.
Operatic highlights include Tamino/Die Zauberflöte (LFO Young Artists' Tour), Peter Quint/The Turn of the Screw (Young Artist Opera Holland Park), and Trojan/Idomeneo (Garsington Opera). With Royal Academy Opera he played Tom Rakewell/The Rake's Progress, the Male Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia, le Prince Charmant/Cendrillon and le petite vieillard/L'enfant et les sortileges. Bradley was also a member of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus for Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie.
Following success at the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti, Bradley performed the role of Lelio in Cesti's Le nozze in sogno as part of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music with performances at the Salzburg Mozarteum.
Future highlights include the role of Oduardo in Handel's Ariodante in Vienna, Hamburg and Paris, and the role of Albert in Britten's Albert Herring, at the Buxton Festival.
Bradley has now found it necessary to leave us as principal Tenor in order to pursue his career in opera. He has been succeeded by William Johnston Davies, details of whom can be found above.
Marie features as the mezzo-soprano on the choir's second CD, Inexplicable Splendour.
John Murton (Bass - until June 2014 and on CD 'Regina Coeli')