Cathy Bell studied English and Medieval Literature at Cambridge and singing as a postgraduate at Birmingham Conservatoire. Now based in London, she specialises in Baroque and contemporary repertoire, and has this year been chosen as the only singer on Handel House Talent, a scheme designed to promote the careers of six young Baroque musicians through concerts, masterclasses and professional development opportunities.
Cathy's opera roles since leaving college have included Carmen for Barefoot Opera; Arsamenes (Handel Xerxes) for Hampstead Garden Opera; Third Lady / Third Boy (Mozart Die Zauberflöte) for Diva Opera and the Palestine Mozart Festival; the alto roles in Purcell's King Arthur; Arasse (Hasse Siroe) for the London Handel Festival; and roles in contemporary operas for Tête à Tête, Grimeborn and WNO's MAX department. Cathy is currently singing Russian Nanny (Britten Death in Venice) for Garsington Opera. Opera chorus experience includes Scottish Opera, Garsington, Grange Park, Bergen Nasjonale Opera and the festivals in Aix-en-Provence and Beijing.
Cathy is busy as an oratorio soloist across the UK and further afield. Recent and forthcoming engagements include JS Bach Mass in B minor, Christmas Oratorio, St Matthew Passion, Magnificat, St John Passion and several cantatas, Handel Messiah, Belshazzar (Daniel), Dixit Dominus, Theodora (Irene), Judas Maccabeus and Israel in Egypt, Vivaldi Magnificat, Gloria, Introduzione e Gloria and Dixit Dominus; Pergolesi Stabat Mater; Scarlatti Salve regina; Durante Magnificat; CPE Bach Magnificat, Haydn Nelson Mass, St Nicholas Mass, Creation Mass and Harmoniemesse; Schubert Mass in C and Mass in A flat; Mozart Requiem, Solemn Vespers and Domenican Vespers and various Masses; Duruflé Requiem; Mendelssohn Elijah; Saint-Saens Oratorio de Noel; Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Rachmaninov Vespers. A keen recitalist, Cathy has worked with distinguished musicians including Dame Felicity Palmer, Julius Drake, Anna Larsson, Roger Vignoles and Malcolm Martineau, and she was a CREAR scholar in 2012. Recent recital venues include the Handel House, the Wallace Collection and Summer in the Square.
Cathy also works regularly with choral groups including the BBC Singers, the Sixteen, the Choir of the Enlightenment, Philharmonia Voices, the Clerks' Group and EXAUDI. She studies privately with Robert Dean.
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