“The hugely impressive Apollo5” – GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE
“Exceptionally beautiful singing” – CLASSIC FM
The award-winning British vocal ensemble Apollo5 delights audiences with versatile and engaging performances on the concert platform, singing repertoire ranging from renaissance, classical and contemporary choral music to folk, jazz and pop.
Frequently performing in their home city of London they have sung in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Kings Place (London A Cappella Festival), the Barbican, the Houses of Parliament and Wembley Arena. They regularly give concerts at their home in the heart of the City of London, the Voces8 Centre. Apollo5 is part of the Voces8 Foundation, the vocal music education charity that brings the power of singing to communities around the world. They lead regular workshops and masterclasses at the Centre, as well as longer term projects and residency programmes in the UK and abroad.
Last season’s concert highlights included performing at the Via Aeterna Music Festival (Fance), La Folle Journée (Poland), Thüringer Bachwochen (Germany), Diocletian’s Palace in Split (Croatia), the Irish International A Cappella Festival in Dublin, and ChoirFest Middle East (Dubai). This season the group will perform in the UK (including London’s Cadogan Hall and St John’s Smith Square), France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and in the USA.
Apollo5 has released albums with VOCES8 Records, including their latest album “O Radiant Dawn”, which charted in the top 10 of the UK Classical Charts. They are featured on “Reflections”, with music composed by Paul Smith. Other albums include “The Spirit Like a Dove”, music by Josquin des Prez performed with the Ingenium Ensemble, and “With a Song in my Heart”, an album of folk, jazz and pop. Also released is “Journey” on the Edition Peters Sounds label featuring the group with former King’s Singer Paul Phoenix. A new album “Where All Roses Go” will be released in early 2021.
Mezzo-soprano Catherine Backhouse grew up in Edinburgh and began singing as a chorister in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. She has an honours degree in music from The University of Durham and completed the prestigious Opera Studies and Artist Diploma programmes at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with distinction. She was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist and won the 2018 Sunday Herald Cutlure Award for Best Musical Artist for her performances there which included the world première of Grace Notes by Samuel Bordoli. This Season she has played Donna Elvira Don Giovanni with Merry Opera, toured the title role in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri with Diva Opera and played Orestes in La Belle Hélène with Opera Della Luna. Previous roles include Concepción L’heure Espagnole (Mid-Wales Opera), Suzuki Madama Butterfly (West Green House Opera), Léonor in Donizetti’s La Favorite (UCOpera), L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Barbican), Dryad Ariadne auf Naxos (West Green House), Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro (GSMD). Catherine is a Britten‐Pears Young Artist and performed Kate Julian in Owen Wingrave at the 2014 Aldeburgh and Edinburgh International Festivals. Concerts include Alexander Nevsky (Barbican), Wagner Wesendonk Lieder (Milton Court), Schumann Frauenliebe und Leben (The Forge). A new music enthusiast, Catherine has performed Kurtág Messages of the Late R.V.Troussova, Mezzo Actor in Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera and Mariko in Tokaido Road by Nicola LeFanu. She also performs programmes for voice, viola and piano with her group The Amalie Trio.
Anne-Marie is an award winning actress whose performances has ranged from playing a regular on BBC Radio 4’s “The Archers” to devised, actor-musician work in the challenging new play “Day of the Living” for the Royal Shakespeare Company. On stage, playing Beatrice in “Much Ado About Nothing” gave her Best Actress nomination both for an Off West End and a My Theatre Award and, in the world of audio, she has won two Audiofile’s Earphones Awards for narration – most recently for the audiobook series “Death Below Stairs”.
A talented and multi-disciplined musician, Anne-Marie has many actor-musician credits (as well as instruments) to her name from “Swallows and Amazons” at York Theatre Royal to “These Trees are Made of Blood” for the Arcola and Southwark Playhouse. As a singer she regularly records session work for theatres and recently sang for the soundscape of The National Theatre’s “My Brilliant Friend”. This has also led her to start creating her own work and is in the early stage of writing one woman musical quest “Go Forth and Slay” with composer Darren Clark. She is also working on a piece about the women of Wales called “Mam” with Claire Erasmus for which she wrote “Dw I Eisiau Siarad Cymru”.
Emily trained at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) gaining a BA (Hons) Music specialising in singing and songwriting.
Emily currently works with a variety of organisations, including Sing Up, Trinity College, BrittenPears Arts, West Sussex Music and many Music Education Hubs around the country.
Emily leads several Community Choirs under the umbrella of West Sussex Sings, and provides vocal consultancy to schools and vocal groups. She runs workshops and courses for singers and training sessions for teachers and people working with young people.
Emily has written many original contemporary songs for young people and community choirs including the Sing Up Day anthems for several years which have been performed by over 300,000 people around the world. She was the composer and workshop leader for this year’s ‘Celebration’ finale piece at Snape Maltings, working with 1400 young musicians.
One half of Umbria in Harmony, providing singing holidays in Italy, Emily is also a performer in her own right, and regularly fronts her own original music project at gigs and festivals.
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