Catherine Denley - soprano

Catherine Denley has devoted most of her long and successful career to the oratorio repertoire. She studied at Trinity College of Music, London, and after a brief time with the BBC Singers embarked on a solo career which has taken her all over the world. She has worked with all the major British orchestras. Notable highlights have included the premiere of Europera by John Cage in London, Paris and Berlin; Britten's Spring Symphony with Kent Nagano; Handel's Messiah with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood; Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Japan; Mahler's Resurection Symphony in Odessa and Kiev and his Symphony of a Thousand for TV in Dublin, and Mozart's Requiem in the Salzburg Mozartwoche and at the BBC Proms.

More recently she has sung Schumann's Scenes from Faust with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in New York and the Proms; Britten's Spring Symphony for Dutch Radio; Handel's Hercules and La Resurrezione with Marc Minkowski in Paris and Lyon; concert tours with Ton Koopman, and Bach's Easter Oratorio and Vivaldi Solo Cantatas with the Israel Camerata. Last December she gave performances of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Paul McCreesh and Trevor Pinnock, followed by Mozartís Requiem with the Halle Orchestra. She has also recently sung Elgarís Dream of Gerontius in Manchester Cathedral, Bachís St Matthew Passion in the Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Mahlerís 2nd Symphony in Boston, USA and Dvorakís Stabat Mater in Kings College Cambridge.

Catherine Denley is also renowned as a teacher - this summer she has given master-classes in Norway and Croatia.

She has made over fifty recordings covering a wide range of styles from Monteverdi right through to contemporary composers - they concentrate primarily however on the Baroque repertoire and include many works by Handel, with conductors such as John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Neville Mariner, Robert King, Trevor Pinnock, Richard Hickox and Harry Christophers. Recent additions include Haydn's Paukenmesse; Handelís Alexander Balus, Schubert Songs with the Songmaker's Almanac; three highly acclaimed volumes of Sacred Music by Vivaldi; La France au Calvaire by Dupre and Sullivanís Prodigal Son.