The New Elizabethan Singers was founded in 1966 by the late Bruce Critchinson, and has since grown to become the largest choir in West Dorset.
We perform two or three concerts per year, usually at St Mary's Church, South Street, Bridport - although we occasionally go 'on tour' to other nearby venues. Recent performances have included Handel's Israel in Egypt, Durufle's Requiem, Vivaldi's Magnificat and Paul Carr's Seven Last Words from the Cross
Many of our concerts feature an orchestra, drawing on some of the finest players the county has to offer, and over the years we've had the privilege of working with some wonderful professional soloists.
The choir is conducted by Matt Kingston. Our accompanists are Nick Brown and Paul Cheater.
Matt Kingston - Musical Director
Matt joined NES as conductor in 2011, and has introduced the choir to many new and unfamiliar works, alongside the usual repertoire. In recent years we've given only the third UK performance of a neglected Baroque masterpiece - Heinrich Biber's epic Missa Salisburgensis, and the fourth performance of Paul Carr's wonderful Seven Last Words.
Matt has been involved in choral music since he was six years old, when he joined his local church choir. Both his grandfather and great-grandfather were organists and choirmasters, so it wasn’t long before Matt joined the family firm!
Matt is music arranger by trade, and one of the UK’s most prolific arrangers of brass music, specialising in music for junior bands and for brass quintets. He has written and published over 500 arrangements, with performances in more than 50 countries.
In recent years Matt has begun to write choral music (using the pen name Matthew Coleridge - the surname of his grandfather). His first composition, the Corpus Christi Carol, appeared on BBC Music Magazine’s Christmas CD in 2015. His first large-scale work, Requiem, premiered in October 2015 and has since received numerous performances in the UK and Europe.
Puccini's colourful and operatic Mass, alongside Bruckner's monumental Te Deum. With chamber orchestra and four professional soloists, this concert promises to be a joyous festival of Late Romantic choral works.
Tickets £12, available now from Goadsby Estate Agents and Bridport Music.
Katharine Fuge - soprano
Bridport resident Katharine regularly appears in major festivals and concert venues across Europe and worldwide, including the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Festival, and has enjoyed a long and fruitful association with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Emily Hicks - mezzo
Emily is a former choral scholar of Royal Holloway Chapel Choir, with whom she toured extensively and recorded several CDs. She moved to Dorset in 2010, and is a popular face on the local choral scene, alongside her work as curator of Bridport Museum.
Alberto Sousa - tenor
Madeira-born tenor Alberto is a rising star in London's opera scene, with performances as Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Macheath (Die Dreigroschenoper) and Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi). His teachers include Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Sir Thomas Allen.
Ricardo Panela - baritone
Ricardo has established himself over the last few years as an Award-winning versatile performer, with a repertoire ranging from the florid Baroque and Bel Canto roles to contemporary opera. He is a winner of the baritone category of the 2018 Armel Opera Festival Singing Competition.