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Vox Cantab members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and locations. Some sing for most events, others join us once or twice a year on tour, others more or less frequently. A number of us are introduced below.

Jane, soprano

Jane, soprano

 

Jane started singing with Vox Cantab in September 2015 as a soprano and has taken part in a number of events in Cambridge throughout the past year.  In June 2016, Jane qualified as a secondary music teacher at Homerton College, Cambridge, having completed a PGCE.  She now works in a successful music specialist school in Bishop’s Stortford.  During the last academic year, Jane was also a full-time member of Trinity Hall Chapel Choir.

 

Dan, bass

Dan, bass

 

Dan studied theology at Fitzwilliam College while training for the priesthood at Westcott House, and is now an assistant curate at a church in south London. Before coming to Cambridge he studied at ‘the other place’ – Oxford University – from where he emerged with a doctorate in Japanese Linguistics. Dan has sung with Vox Cantab since 2015, and is generally able to commit to about half of the events. He enjoys the opportunities afforded by Vox Cantab to sing a variety of music to a high standard in a small ensemble, and it helps that rehearsal commitments are managed on a project-by-project basis!

 

Annie, soprano

Annie, soprano

Annie has been singing with Vox Cantab since its inception, although as she now lives in Prague, these days she can usually only joins about once a year for tours and residencies. It’s a lovely chance to come back and do some proper choral singing with old friends and new. She studied Modern & Medieval languages at Selwyn College, Cambridge, followed by an MA in Literary translation at UEA. After graduation she worked as an opera singers’ assistant and organised conferences and events for young people. She now works as a freelance translator (from Czech, French and Italian) and keeps a finger in the musical pie at Percius Artist and Project Management. She is married to Daniel (who sometimes feeds the hungry Vox Cantab stomachs and occasionally joins the singing too) and they have a baby boy called Michael.

Catherine, soprano

Catherine, soprano

 

Catherine has sung with Vox Cantab since it was founded in 2010.  She came to Cambridge to study Chemical Engineering and sang for two years with Selwyn College Chapel Choir and then that of Trinity College for a further six.  She has now had to give up her five-times-a-week choir habit to allow time to manage a recycling plant, so she enjoys singing with Vox Cantab as often as possible.

 

Naomi

Naomi, soprano

 

Naomi joined Vox Cantab in February 2013, and sang regularly with the Choir for the following three years. During this time she completed a PhD in psychology and also sang in Emmanuel College Chapel Choir. Naomi greatly enjoyed the opportunity to sing a wide variety of music – from sacred choral classics to folk songs and jazz standards – in a small group, not to mention the wonderful company and cakes on tours and out-of-town concerts. Naomi is currently living in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she is training to be a clinical psychologist.

 

Mark, tenor

Mark, tenor

 

Mark has been singing with Vox Cantab since the Choir’s first concert in December 2010, and is also Vox Cantab’s Treasurer. He studied Natural Sciences at Selwyn College and now works in the Biochemistry department studying colourful membrane proteins as well as teaching Chemistry for Churchill and Selwyn Colleges. He also sings with Selwyn College Chapel Choir.

 

Edward, alto

 

Edward graduated from Girton College in 2011 with a degree in Geography. He was a Choral Scholar throughout his degree and in his final year was awarded the Tom Mansfield Memorial Prize for contribution to music in the College. Edward went on to sing as a Lay Clerk with the Choir of King’s College in the academic year 2011-2012, singing seven services a week and undertaking a busy touring and recording schedule; he was also a member of close-harmony group The King’s Men. He spent a further two years with the Choir of Gonville & Caius College while working as Development Officer at Pembroke College, and alongside his Law training now sings with London-based choir The Iken Scholars, as well as with Vox Cantab.

 

Chloe, alto

Chloe graduated from Selwyn College, Cambridge, in 2015 with a starred first in Music, and is currently completing an MPhil in Music, also at Selwyn. She hopes to continue with a PhD next year researching 13th-century French Liturgical music. As an undergraduate, she was a Choral Scholar at Selwyn, a University Instrumental Award holder, and Principal Clarinet of the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Alongside her postgraduate studies, she is enjoying her solo singing as well as continuing to perform with Vox Cantab, and this year has sung the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and Enone in Charpentier’s Orpheus. She has also performed Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra.

 

Tom (far right), bass

Tom is in his second undergraduate year studying Engineering at Clare College. He joined Vox Cantab at the beginning of his first year as a chance to get involved with some high standard, exciting singing without the five-days-a-week style commitment of a College Choir. His highlight so far with Vox Cantab has been singing the part of Badger in John Rutter’s Wind in the Willows at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Tom didn’t think his colleagues were being serious when the idea of dressing-up was mooted, until ten minutes before the performance when a large amount of facepaint was plastered across his nose…