Sunday 26 November 2017   Holy Trinity Church, Knaresborough


Soloists and players for 2016




Lydia Jane Haynes soprano was born in Leeds but is now based in London, is a recent Music graduate of the University of Birmingham. Lydia is a classically trained soprano and jazz singer who specialises in both Early Music and 20th century compositions. Praised by critics as having ‘commanding’ and ‘flickingly stratospheric high notes’, Lydia’s past operatic experience includes the roles of Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Mrs Peachum (The Beggar’s Opera), and Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas). Lydia has recently sung under the conductorship of Sir Simon Rattle in the 2015 BBC Proms, as well as with well renowned vocal ensembles The Sixteen and Voces8. Lydia has also sung on BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’, at Paris Music festival 2014, and was the featured soloist for Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man (‘A Mass for Peace’) in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.



Bryony Burnham imezzo is based in Luton, Bedfordshire. She has recently graduated from the University of Birmingham, achieving a first in vocal performance. Whilst studying at the University of Birmingham, Bryony spent a year studying vocal performance at the University of North Texas, USA. During her time at Birmingham, Bryony was under the tutelage of countertenor, Mark Chambers and performed in the University Women's Choir under the baton of leading choral conductor, Simon Halsey. She has taken part in a number of masterclasses with performers such as mezzo-soprano Wendy Dawn Thompson and Erin Headley's award-winning ensemble, Atalante. She has received coaching from tenor, Andrew King and now studies with mezzo-soprano, Catherine Wyn-Rogers. 


Bryony Burnham has performed a number of operatic roles including: Nancy (Albert Herring), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Phoebe (Yeomen of the Guard), Second Lady (The Magic Flute), Zita (Gianni Schicchi) and Ottone (L'Incoronazione di Poppea). She has performed as a soloist in a number of vocal works including Respighi's Il tramonto, Bach's St Matthew Passion and Britten's Phaedra. Bryony won the University of Birmingham Concerto Competition in 2015 and performed Phaedra with the University of Birmingham Summer Festival Sinfonia. 


Bryony has been the recipient of a number of scholarships and has had generous financial support from the West Bequest fund, the Gateway Bursary and the Luton Rotary Youth Trust. 


David Woods tenor has just graduated from the University of Birmingham where he majored in vocal performance under the tuition of Justin Lavender. He has performed many roles in operas including Mr Upfold (Albert Herring), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) and Grosvenor (Patience) and sung in many concerts and oratorios including the tenor solos in Stainer’s Crucifixion and Edward German’s Just So Songs and the UK premiere of Laudate Pueri, a lost work by Baroque master Charles Van Helmont. He has also sung in the National Youth Choir and the BBC Proms Youth Choir where he performed with the Vienna Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. David is very much looking forward to his first Messiah concert as a soloist.



Peter Brooks bass  An aspiring singer from Amersham, UK in the process of completing a Bachelors degree in Music (BMus) at the University of Birmingham studying under Alison Chamberlain. He has just completed a year abroad at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada studying under Daniel Lichti and Daniel Cabena. Peter has performed in many operas during his time at University such as The Marriage of Figaro (Bartolo), Albert Herring (Superintendent), The Cunning Little Vixen (Gamekeeper) and a multitude of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas such as Ruddigore (Sir Roderic Murgatroyd), Pirates of Penzance (Police Sergeant) and Yeomen of the Guard (Wilfred Shadbolt). He has also performed as a soloist in several choral works including Fauré’s Requiem, Brittens Rejoice in the Lamb and Bach’s Wachet auf cantata. 



Adrian Selway organ became an organist and choirmaster in his early teens, studying under Gwilym Isaac, Sub Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. He went on to study organ with Eric Chadwick and also piano, cello and choir training at The Royal Manchester College of Music. Graduating with ‘Special Merit in Performance’ and having gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists he continued his education at Newton Park College in Bath and was appointed Assistant Director of Music at The Royal Masonic Boys School in Bushey. Further teaching appointments included Head of music at Ripon Grammar School and Director of Music at The Royal Merchant Navy School, Bearwood College in Wokingham. Adrian has toured widely as a recitalist and was Organ Tutor at Harrogate Ladies College for many years touring with the Director of Music and the Chapel Choir, playing in many of our cathedrals and also to Paris, playing at Notre Dame, St Eustace, La Madeleine and Chartres Cathedral. Adrian maintains his great interest in choir training and is currently Organist and Choirmaster at St Paul’s United Reformed Church in Harrogate and also teaches organ and piano at Ashville College. In his spare time, Adrian produces miniature watercolour paintings and builds dolls houses and miniature harpsichords.


Beryl Pankhurst harpsichord was born and educated in Liverpool and studied piano, organ and accompaniment at the Royal Manchester College of Music from which she graduated with distinction, also winning the Pinson prize for Bach playing.  Although she has performed as soloist on many occasions, her main passion is in accompanying. She has been the official accompanist for the Harrogate Choral Society for over 30 years.


Laurence Hughes cello was brought up in a musical family; both his parents played in the Northern Sinfonia. At 16 he attended Chetham's School of Music in Manchester where he studied with Hannah Roberts and won a scholarship to the RNCM. He is a regular player with the St Cecilia Orchestra and a member of the Dales String Quartet.


Andrew Jackson trumpet is a founder member and former principal cornet  with the Harrogate Band. He has performed as a soloist in York Minster, Ripon Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. His musical taste can be best described as eclectic. For the past fifteen years he has played bass guitar and trumpet with the popular function band The Nightjars, who play regularly across the U.K and Europe. Since taking early retirement five years ago from his job in banking I.T, music has become his full time occupation. 


Margaret Smith timpani was born in Scotland.  She went to school in Portsmouth and London after which she went to the Royal Academy of Music where she studied piano and clarinet.  Her Diploma in Education at Reading University included work on percussion.  After teaching in Bath she moved to Harrogate Ladies’ College where she taught piano, clarinet and saxophone for many years.  She recently retired and continues teaching in private practice.  She performs regularly with Harrogate Philharmonic Orchestra and on an occasional basis for Ashville College.  Other musical interests include choral singing, piano ensemble work and playing in a recorder consort.


David Andrews joins us again as Musical Director. As ever he has gathered a talented team of soloists and instrumentalists to support him. David is a highly experienced violinist, organist and choral conductor. He has been both the Deputy Head and Director of Music at Harrogate Ladies’ College and contributed substantially to musical life and education both locally and further afield.