Corinne Hart

Soprano

Originally from Usk in South Wales and educated at Hereford Cathedral School, Corinne first started singing professionally in Cardiff with the BBC National Chorus of Wales as part of the choral scholar scheme and as a soloist for local choral societies in Wales, Herefordshire and Bristol. She made her operatic debuts in South Wales and at the Swaledale Festival in the North of England in the Handel Opera's "Acis and Galatea" as "Galatea" and in "Hercules" as "Iole". Her professional vocal training started at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama tutored by Buddug Verona James and Angela Livingston and she continued her operatic training at the Royal Academy of Music in London and on the Associated Performers Studio Opera Course in Hammersmith. Since graduating she has continued to be in demand as a soloist under the tutelage of Graeme Danby (ENO). Corinne has sung many Operatic roles including Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Adele (Die Fledermaus) Romilda (Xerxes) and Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro) Corinne made her international debut singing Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in Weimar, Germany and Manon Lascaut (Puccini) in Puglia, Italy in 2014. Corinne has recently sung recitals accompanied by Susie Allen and Stephen Higgins and has worked with and been coached by Richard Hetherington (Head of Music at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) in Handel's Xerxes with Hampstead Garden Opera. 

Recent oratorio works as a soloist include Mozart Requiem, Bach Cantata 147, Haydn Creation, Handel Messiah, Rutter Magnificat, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, Mendelssohn Elijah and Haydn Nelson Mass. 

Corinne won "Voice of Godalming Festival 2018"  after winning trophies across the board for classical singing. 

Corinne recently sang the role of "Voice from Heaven" in Verdi's Don Carlo with Fulham Opera in November and she continues to be the soprano choral scholar for St Mary Magdalene in Richmond 2018-2019.

She is married to Jonathan who is currently the band master of the Royal Logistic Corps Band. They live on an "army patch" near Woking with their two children, Max and Autumn and two very lazy cats, Colin and Garfield.

 

 

 

John Storey, Euphonium Soloist

John Storey is a euphonium and trombone player based in London and the south east. After becoming a member of his first band at the age of eight, he joined the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain at 16 before reaching the brass final of BBC Young musician of the year in 1996.

John went on to study music at the University of Huddersfield under the guidance of the late Geoffrey Whitham. During this time he also joined the James Shepherd Versatile Brass.

After graduating, John joined the Band of the Coldstream Guards as Principal Euphonium. Throughout his time in the band John was privileged to play at many traditional state occasions such as Trooping of the Colour and the Festival of remembrance. He has also performed at many prestigious Royal occasions.

John was posted to the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps in April 2014.

As well as travelling around the world with the bands, John has represented the army internationally as a guest soloist. In 2000 he was invited to Kingston, Jamaica by the country’s Defence Force Band as visiting soloist for the Capital’s Easter Celebrations. In 2003 he flew back across the Atlantic to perform at the US Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Washington DC. A trip he made again last year to perform once again.

John cites one of his career highlights as performing the Flower Song from Bizet’s Carmen for Her Majesty the Queen at an intimate concert in Windsor Castle, a performance that was later mentioned in dispatches. A second great moment was being part of the fanfare team opening the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park, London.

Outside of the military, John continues to be involved in the brass world, most recently playing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Brass at their Cadogan Hall concerts with Allen Vizzutti and the newly formed Brass Machine ensemble under Dr. Frank Renton.

John has also continued to be involved with the progressive rock band, Big Big Train, performing with them on their award winning shows in August 2015.