Biography

Tristram Cooke - Counter-Tenor
Tristram graduated from King's College London in 2014, where he was a choral scholar with the late David Trendell, and his first study was Violin. He completed his MA in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016, obtaining a Distinction. At RAM he was a soloist for the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and RAM Opera.  

A Genesis Sixteen alumnus, Tristram is a Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey.  He has sung for the Tallis Scholars, with whom he will be performing in Salzburg next year, the Gabrieli Consort, Le Concert d'Astrée, Arcangelo, and the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment  for the world premiere of Sally Beamish's Judas Passion.
Recent solo work includes both Bach Passions,  Christmas Oratorio and the Mass in B Minor and Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus.


He has undertaken recordings as a member of Oxford Voices with Edward Higginbottom, Siglo de Oro, directed by Patrick Allies, and De Profundis, working with Robert Hollingworth. He recorded with the choir of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court for the BBC4 programme Elizabeth I's Battle for God's Music presented by Lucy Worsley, broadcast in October 2017. Film work includes  the shortly to be released Mary Queen of Scots. 


https://www.tristramcooke.com/
Matthew Pochin - Tenor
Matthew Pochin (Tenor) began his career as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral, where he later became a choral scholar and lay clerk. He went on to study with Marilyn Rees and Buddug Verona Jones at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He currently studies privately with Gavin Carr.

After several years working as a pastry chef, Matthew moved to South London in 2007 to continue his career as a singer. He has held positions at several churches across the city and currently sings with the choirs of St John’s Wood Parish Church and Belsize Square Synagogue. He also sings regularly with the choirs of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court and St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London.

Matthew performs as an oratorio and consort soloist across the UK and Europe. Recent engagements include renaissance lieder by Ludwig Senfl with the Linarol Consort of Viols, Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings (Britten) and Carmina Burana (Orff). He gives regular recitals of romantic lieder and English song, including works by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Britten, Finzi and Gurney. Matthew has also recorded for the BBC, performing Nïne otpushchayeshi (Now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace) from Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil for a documentary on the composers life. He can be heard on two upcoming recordings of early English music; the complete ‘Sacred Hymnes’ of John Amner with the Dublin Consort and Fretwork to be released on Rubicon Classics and a recording of works by Thomas Tallis for men’s voices with the Gentlemen of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court on the Resonus Classics label.
Matthew is a founder member and Artistic Director of Scaramella, specialising in music for men’s voices from the renaissance to modern close harmony. He also researches and prepares new performance editions and arrangements for the group. 

He is a member of the unique Jewish barbershop group bOYbershop, performing traditional Jewish liturgical music, folksongs as well as close harmony standards and original comedy songs. In recent years the group have released an album of traditional Sephardi and Ladino melodies, toured to Strasbourg for interfaith festivals and have sung for the Chief Rabbi and Holocaust survivors.

Although he rarely bakes cakes anymore, much to the disappointment of his wife, Matthew still enjoys cooking, especially in the great outdoors.

David Le Prevost - Baritone
David read for a music degree at Manchester University where he was introduced to cathedral music and became a bass lay clerk at Manchester Cathedral for three years. During this period he studied singing with Martin Bussey and performed in both a choral and solo capacity in many works including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem and Schumann’s Dichterliebe.

From 2012-14, David was a bass lay clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, under the directorship of Dr Stephen Darlington and is studying singing with Giles Underwood. He is a member of the internationally renowned chamber choir ‘Polyphony’ directed by Stephen Layton and regularly sings as an Ad Hoc member of the BBC Singers. Most recently this involved performing in a production of Berg’s opera Wozzeck with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Other solo engagements include the baritone roles from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Brahms’ Requiem. On stage, David has played the title roles in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Handel’s Hercules.

David has been involved in a number of CD recordings of various composers including Vaughan Williams, Schütz and Eric Whitacre’s Grammy award winning CD ‘Light and Gold’. He also sang as a principal soloist in recent recordings of material from the Eton Choirbook with Christ Church Cathedral Choir.


Geoff Williams - Bass
Geoff recently received a Master's with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. He is an accomplished soloist and sings with some of the top choirs in London such as the BBC singers, Tenebrae, London Voices and Sonoro choir. His recent solo work includes Bach’s St John Passion, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Verdi’s Requiem. He also sings regularly at some of London's top churches such as Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Wesminster Cathedral and Brompton Oratory.

He is also on the 'Professional Singers Scheme' with the Philharmonia Chorus which has enabled him to work with the world's top conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Edward Gardner and Vasily Petrenko.
 
He made his Operatic debut with Longborough Festival Opera as ‘Domestico’ in La Traviata also covering the ‘Marchese d’Obigny’. Other roles include 'Don Alfonso' from 'Cosi fan tutti' in a set of opera scenes with the Royal academy of music and 'General Achilla' from 'Giulio Cesare' with Kings College Opera. Upcoming Roles include 'Escamillo' in the touring production of Carmen with 'Rogue Opera'.

He has also appeared in high profile events such as Terry Pratchett's memorial concert at the Barbican and the documentary 'The Joy of Rachmaninoff' broadcast on BBC4. More recently he has appeared with the Villiers Quartet in St John's Smith Square performing Dover Beach by Samuel Barber.


In latest news, he understudied Roderick Williams in the World Premiere of the 'Da Vinci Requiem' by Cecilia Mcdowall with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
 
He studies with Janice Chapman and Antony Kraus


www.geoffwilliamsbaritone.com