Biography

Cathy Bell

Cathy Bell studied English and Medieval Literature at Cambridge and singing as a postgraduate at Birmingham Conservatoire. She specialises in baroque and contemporary repertoire and was a member of Handel House Talent 2014-15.

Cathy particularly enjoys her work as an oratorio and concert soloist. Recent and forthcoming highlights include Bach Mass in B minor with Cantemus; Bach St John Passion with Leicester Bach Choir; Bach Christmas Oratorio with Ludlow Choral Society; Vivaldi Gloria at Bath Abbey; A. Scarlatti Salve regina at Wells Cathedral with Somerset Chamber Choir; Vivaldi Introduzione e Gloria for Montgomeryshire County Music Festival; Handel Messiah all over the UK; CPE Bach Magnificat with Nottingham Harmonic Choir; Mendelssohn Elijah with the Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall; Rachmaninov Vespers with several groups including Britten Sinfonia and the Oxford Bach Choir; and several London recitals of baroque music at venues including the Handel House and the Wallace Collection.

Opera roles include Carmen for Barefoot Opera; (Handel Xerxes) for Hampstead Garden Opera; Russian Nanny (Britten Death in Venice) for Garsington Opera; Third Lady/Third Boy (Mozart Die Zauberflöte) for Diva Opera and the Palestine Mozart Festival; Arasse (Hasse Siroe) for the London Handel Festival; and roles in contemporary operas for Tête à Tête, Grimeborn and WNO MAX. Chorus work includes Scottish Opera, Garsington, Grange Park, Bergen Nasjonale Opera and the festivals in Aix-en-Provence and Beijing.

Cathy also works regularly with groups including the BBC Singers, the Academy of Ancient Music, Philharmonia Voices, Sonoro, the Clerks' Group and EXAUDI. She lives in London with husband Jon Stainsby, also a singer, and their daughter Rosie, born in 2016.

 

 

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