CD recording at the Gresham Centre

with Katie Marshall
London, 26th September 2017


Kent Sinfonia is delighted to have been invited by young soprano Katie Marshall ( to record a CD with her at the Gresham Centre, London on 26th September 2017.

Kent Sinfonia first met Katie in October 2105, when she was one of the soloists in a concert that we were invited to take part in for charity Abigail’s Footsteps ( in Rochester Cathedral. We were all impressed by Katie’s wonderful singing and mature stage presence, even though at that time she was only 14 years old.






The producer/conductor for the CD will be Barnaby Smith ( Artistic Director of the acclaimed vocal ensemble VOCES8, also based at the Gresham Centre. Barney has already worked with Katie on a previous EP production. We are very much looking forward to working with both of them!



Katie is an award winning 16 year old Soprano. She performed with Julian Ovenden on the Downton Abbey Christmas CD. She was one of only two Classical Singers in the U.K. to get through to the final of "The Next Brit Thing" at the O2 in London.
She ha performed as a Soloist on Tour with BGT's Jonathan Antoine, G4's Christmas & UK Tour & André Rieu's Soprano, Mirusia Louwerse's Tour in the Netherlands.

She recorded "Dark Waltz" with the composer Matteo Saggese (Katherine Jenkins / Il Divo) produced by Matteo Saggese and Chris Porter (Alfie Boe / Elaine Paige).
She recently performed this song at Guide Dogs UK Christmas Charity Concert
Dark Waltz in Concert at Oakham
Downton Abbey Christmas CD 2014 Duet with Julian Ovenden*Version*=1&*entries*=0
EP 2015 including a duet with Paul Phoenix (King's Singers) John Brunning from Classic FM's Drivetime, sent Katie the score of his Pie Jesu for her to sing & attended the recording sessions in London.
Katie worked with the composer Andrew Jones, to compose an original song "Per Aspera" on her EP
Chris Broom sent over the score of his composition "Dolce Vento" for Katie to sing.
Performed as a soloist & duetted with Jonathan Antoine on his first UK Solo tour in 2015
Performed with André Rieu's Soprano Mirusia Louwerse on her Netherlands Tour April 2016
Performed with G4 on their Christmas Tour 2015
Performed with G4 on their UK tour September 2016

Katie is an AMBASSADOR for these charities.
The Prince's Trust

Children's Air Ambulance

Katie has sung at many events around the country for the Children's Air Ambulance, performing in front of Brian May, Dame Stella Rimington and Simon Weston.
Performed at Lambeth Palace garden party in July 2016
Italian Embassy 20th September 2016
Reception to commemorate the signing of the contract between The Children’s Air Ambulance and Italian helicopter Manufacturer Leonardo (Agusta Westland) for the provision of two brand new AW169 Helicopters to commence service for the charity in January 2017. It represents a £32 million investment by the charity to provide a state of the art intensive care transfer and retrieval service for critically ill children in the UK. The only one of its kind in the country.
Many high profile leaders will attend the reception from Government, Business, Sport and Entertainment.
Children's Air Ambulance Carols by Candlelight 5/12/2016
Children's Air Ambulance Inaugural Xmas Concert Leicester Cathedral 7/12/2016
Laudate Dominum - Leicester Cathedral Dec 2016

Born Free Global Friends 
of the Born Free Charity.
At the request of Born Free Foundations Virginia McKenna, sang "Born Free" at St James' Church Piccadilly to mark the beginning of the Born Free Charity.
Born Free Global Friends event - St Giles Church in Denmark Street on the 25th October at 7.30pm, to raise funds and awareness for Global Friends and Ocean Stars. This event is being organized by Philip Wells, the Fire Poet, and will be a children’s poetry event with readings from Philip Wells.

Star Trust
Asthma UK Christmas Concert 6/12/2016
Performing at Rochester Cathedral for Abigail's Footsteps fundraising Concert 2015

Katie devotes a lot of her free time supporting & performing for many charities around the country.
These include :
MacMillan Cancer
Guide Dogs UK
Asthma Uk
Abigail's Footsteps
Anna's Hope UK
Star Trust
Forever Stars
& many charities in her home area that need help with fundraising.
Competitions & Awards
Farnham Festival 2011
The youngest ever singer (11 years) to be awarded the prestigious Sheila Armstrong Award for the Most Promising Young Singer at Farnham festival.
(Sheila Armstrong won the prestigious
Kathleen Ferrier and Mozart Prizes and became a major international artist. In 2004 she generously donated the Sheila Armstrong Award for the Most Promising Young Singer at the Farnham Competitive Music Festival and has returned to present the award in person on many occasions. The winner of this trophy is selected by the singing section adjudicator at the close of the singing classes. There are no particular entry requirements. The winner will be invited to perform in the Festival concert at which the presentation will be made)
She was the youngest, age 11, of only two Classical singers in the UK to get to the final of the "Next Brit Thing" at the O2 in London 2012 (A government funded competition to find the best musical talent in the UK) and she was the only entry to be chosen to go through out of all genres from the Midlands/ Northants semi-finals & the youngest of only two Classical singers 19 years & under in the UK to go through to the final at the 02 arena in London.

Great Bowden Recital trust music competition. The Most Promising Vocalist & overall winner out of all age groups & genres.
Bedford 2014
"Woodfine Lousada Challenge Cup" for the best junior singer in the festival.
Oundle 2015
Miller Trophy - Sacred Song
2015/16 Rotary Young Musicians Finalist &
Best overall vocalist out of all age groups at the area finals.
Kettering 2015
Jane Cosford Memorial Award - by the Kettering Operatic Society for Outstanding performance in the 'Songs from the Shows' classes
Meikle Baird Award - The most promising competitor under 21yrs in all vocal classes
Montagu Girls' Choir Trophy & Award - Most promising vocal soloist 13-21yrs
Kettering 2016
Mary & David Green Challenge Cup
Margaret Judd Cup
KD&E Trophy for Junior Vocal
Naomi Keach Memorial Rose Bowl
Meikle Baird Award - The most promising competitor under 21yrs in all vocal classes



Barnaby Smith is Artistic Director of the internationally renowned vocal ensemble, VOCES8 and as such is in demand as a conductor, choir trainer, and countertenor. Barnaby completed his studies in Specialist Early Music Performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis where he was a pupil of Andreas Scholl and Ulrich Messthaler. Barnaby is also an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme.

With a schedule that takes him around the world, highlights of the past season include performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Bridgewater Hall, Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Tokyo Opera City and residencies at the Philharmonie in Paris and Bozar in Brussels. Repertoire highlights include Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Handel: Dixit Dominus, Messiah and Coronation Anthems, Mozart: Requiem, Bach: Magnificat in D, Dove: The Passing of the Year, Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs, Monteverdi: 1610 Vespers, Vivaldi: Magnificat. Barnaby’s past performances include collaborations with the Freiburg Baroque, Gabrieli Consort and Players, L’Arpeggiata, Florilegium, Les Inventions, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Symphony. Barnaby is also Artistic Director of the Milton Abbey International Music Festival.

On disc Barnaby has released commercially on Decca Classics, Universal, Sony, Naxos, Signum Classics and VCM Records. He has two no.1 selling albums on the Decca Classics label, was delighted to receive the award for Best Album of the Year 2015 from Classic FM, was voted Choral Disc Choice Award by BBC Music Magazine in June 2014 and has won seven Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.

“every number here has something particularly arresting within it, all supported by persuasive and committed singing, and playing of intense charm.” BBC Music Magazine *****



A Jubilee 70th Birthday Concert for Neil Jenkins
Saturday 6th June 2015 at 7.30pm
All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove BN3 3PB



  Sunday 11th May 2014 at 7.00pm
'An Evening of Popular Classics'
Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School, Old Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3EW
Kent Sinfonia performs some well-known pieces with outstanding music students from the school, conducted by Peter Futcher (Director of Music) and Steven Wassell.
Programme includes:
Handel: Zadok the Priest, and choruses from 'Messiah'
Beethoven: Symphony no.7
  Wednesday 30th April - Saturday 3rd May 2014
Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS 01227 787787
Canterbury Opera, with Kent Sinfonia players, conducted by Steven Wassell


  Saturday 12th April 2014 at 7.30 p.m
St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton
Handel: Messiah
With Sussex Chorus, conductor: Alan Vincent

Sunday 18th August 2013
Crystal Palace Garden Party - Proms
The Terrace, Crystal Palace Park SE20 8DT
Proms Concert – conductor Steven Wassell, with soloists Elinor Chapman (soprano) and Christian Halstead (violin)
A programme of beautiful music by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Walton and other well- known composers; also including Prom favourites ‘Rule Britannia’, ‘Jerusalem’ and the finale (with fireworks) to Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812’ overture - and, in celebration of the 70th anniversary this year, Eric Coates’ famous ‘Dambusters’ March!
Supporting St. Christopher’s Hospice
For more information, visit:
@CPalaceProms @CPGardenParty

December 26th 2013 – 10th January 2014
China Tour 3:
Taiyuan, Suzhou, Changsha, Yueyang, Wuchang, Nanchang, Xi’an
Conductor: Benjamin Ellin

23rd August 2013
AIMS (Ardingly International Music School – director, Neil Jenkins) at Eastbourne College
Britten: Centenary Concert
With AIMS chorus, conducted by Robert Dean
Spring Symphony
Ceremony of Carols

18th August 2013
Crystal Palace Garden Party
Proms Concert - Crystal Palace Park
Conductor: Steven Wassell
Soloists: Elinor Chapman (soprano), Christian Halstead (violin)

Sunday 9th December 2012, Hurstpierpoint College Chapel
With HPPC Choir, Hurst Singers - conductor, Neil Matthews
Haydn: Nelson Mass
Goodall: Eternal Light

Sunday 19th August 2012
Bromley Amphitheatre, Church House Gardens, Bromley BR1 1HA
'Proms in the Park'
Conductor: Steven Wassell
Soloist: Elinor Chapman (soprano)
More well-known classics, in a similar programme to 28th July (see Past Performances page), in the delightful lakeside setting of the Amphitheatre.

Saturday 28th July 2012
Proms in Dunorlan Park Tunbridge Wells, Kent ('Tunbridge Wells Celebrates' w/e)
Conductor: Paul Hoskins Soloist: Elinor Chapman (soprano)
A programme of well- loved classical favourites, including ‘Crown Imperial’, ‘Nimrod’ , Pomp and Circumstance March no 1, ‘Dambusters’ March, ‘Rule Britannia’ and more….
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Sevenoaks Summer Festival 2012
Pamoja Hall, The Space, Sevenoaks School , 25th June 2012
Diamond Jubilee Concert with Sevenoaks School (Young Musicians’ Forum)
Programme of English music, including Elgar’s Cello Concerto with 4 student soloists from Sevenoaks School  (conductor: Andrew Lowen)

26th December 2011 - 12th January 2012
Kent Sinfonia's recent concert tour of China (by invitation from Chinese promoters Ola Asia Group, in association with the Performing Arts Union of Western China) was a great experience and extremely successful. 10 concerts were performed, the  first in Shanghai on 28th December, followed by performances in Suzhou (2), Hangzhou, Fuzhou, Nanchang, Chongquing, Nanning, Guangzhou and Chengdu 
Our New Year programme, conducted by Andrew Lowen, combined British music (Walton: Crown Imperial, Elgar: Cockaigne Overture, Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending), with Viennese waltzes (Strauss: Emperor Waltz, Blue Danube) and arias for soprano and baritone. Our excellent soloists were Elinor Chapman (soprano), Simon Lobelson (baritone) and our orchestra leader, Christian Halstead (violin).

Hurstpierpoint College Chapel, 4th December 2011
With HPPC Choir and Hurst Singers, conductor Neil Matthews (director of music, HPPC)
Durufle: Requiem (large orchestra version)
Bliss: Pastorale (Lie Strewn White Flocks)

 Hurstpierpoint College Chapel, 3rd December 2011
With Sussex Chorus, conductor Neil Jenkins
Bach: Cantata 140, Vivaldi: Magnificat (3/12/11)

AIMS- Ardingly International Music School (director: Neil Jenkins) Eastbourne,   26th August 2011
Kent Wind Soloists (Kent Sinfonia Wind & Brass Ensemble), conductor: Gregory Rose 
Honegger : Le Roi David'         
Bromley Amphitheatre, 14th August 2011               
'Proms in the Park', conductor Andrew Lowen, violin soloist James Widden

Sevenoaks Festival 2011 (24th June 2011)
Concert for string orchestra, featuring music by new composer Ash Madni, also including Grieg: Holberg Suite and Tchaikovsky: Serenade - conductor Andrew Lowen

Hurstpierpoint College Chapel, 5th December 2010
HPPC Choir, conductor Neil Matthews (DoM, HPPC)
Wagner: Overture, 'Die Meistersinger'
Karl Jenkins: 'The Armed Man'

Eastbourne Choral Society, conductor John Hancorn, 27th November 2010
Mendelssohn: 'Elijah'

Kent Chamber Choir, conductor Alan Vincent, 9th October 2010, St George’s Church, Gravesend
Mozart: Wind Serenade in E flat
Bruckner: Mass No 2 in E minor

Sussex Chorus – conductor Alan Vincent, Worth Abbey 11th April 2010
Neil Jenkins (tenor)
Bach: St. John Passion

New Sussex Opera, conductor  Nicholas Jenkins
The Rhine Fairies (Offenbach) November 2009
The Poisoned Kiss (Vaughan Williams) October 2008
Idomeneo (Mozart) January 2008

Education outreach performances of ‘Birds and Beasts’, Stag Theatre, Seveoaks, Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
‘Pirates Ahoy!’, Children's Concert with presenter Alasdair Malloy at the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks

Goldsmith's Choral Union and Brian Wright, St John’s Church, Waterloo
St Nicholas (Britten)
Epithalamion (Vaughan Williams)
GCU and Brian Wright, St. James’s, Piccadilly
Le Roi David (Honegger)
E minor Mass (Bruckner)

The Esterhazy Singers and David Angus (Brighton Festival)
The Creation (Haydn)
E minor Mass (Bruckner)

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