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“Katie Trethewey soared in the stratospheric soprano solo passages.” Ex Cathedra and CBSO performance of African Sanctus by David Fanshawe, Birmingham Symphony HallReview Gate - January 2022
“Dido was characterised with great vulnerability by Katie Trethewey, a soprano with a full-bodied, lyrical top and a real connection to her chest voice at the bottom.” Ex Cathedra performance of Dido and Aeneas, Purcell, Birmingham Town HallReview Gate - February 2017
“Mention must also be made of Katie Trethewey’s stunning voice, which carries us along throughout this breath-taking ballet.” Birmingham Royal Ballet performances of Carmina Burana, Orff, Hippodrome TheatreBirmingham Mail, June 2015
“...a sensational ‘Laudamus Te’ from soprano Katie Trethewey.” Ex Cathedra’s disc ‘Brazilian Adventures’: Laudamus Te from Missa Pastoril para a noite de natal by Nunes GarciaGramophone Magazine, November 2015
“...[Ex Cathedra’s] closing performance of Carissimi’s Jephte splendidly showcased...the bright, dancing soprano of Katie Trethewey.” Ex Cathedra: performance of Jephte by Carissimi, Birmingham Town HallThe Times, January 2012
Katie Trethewey is an English soprano specialising in the performance of Baroque and Classical oratorio. A music graduate of Birmingham University, she gained a post-graduate Distinction in singing from Birmingham Conservatoire and now enjoys a versatile career performing all over the world as a soloist and consort singer.
She has appeared regularly as a soloist at many high-profile UK venues, including London’s Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square, and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. She was delighted to fulfil a dream and make her solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016, performing, amongst others, the Pie Jesu from Fauré’s Requiem for Carlos Acosta’s The Classical Farewell tour with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet.
She has received solo engagements for various UK festivals, including the Three Choirs Festival and Brighton’s Early Music Festival and has also appeared at the Händelfestspiele in Halle, Germany, performing William Boyce’s Solomon with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Handel’s Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music.
Described as ‘sensational’ by Gramophone Magazine in her recording of Nunes Garcia’s Laudamus Te from his Missa Pastoril, Katie has also received great critical acclaim for her concert performances, notably Mozart’s Requiem with Ex Cathedra at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Orff’s Carmina Burana for Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome, and Bach’s Laudamus Te from his Mass in B minor with the Academy of Ancient Music. She sang the role of Anne Hathaway in the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s A Shakespeare Masque, with poetry by Carol Ann Duffy, and the arias in a reconstructed performance of The Garrick Ode by Thomas Arne, recorded by the BBC.
An established consort singer, Katie has worked with many of the elite UK vocal ensemble and consort groups and regularly performs across the UK and abroad, both as a soloist and consort member, singing a huge variety of music. Katie is a featured soloist on Ensemble Plus Ultra’s Grammy-award-winning discs of Victoria’s sacred works and on A Tender Light, Tenebrae’s critically acclaimed CD of works by Paul Mealor. An impressive discography comprises numerous recordings with celebrated ensembles Ex Cathedra, The Cardinall’s Musick, Dunedin Consort, Ensemble Plus Ultra, the Gabrieli Consort, The Tallis Scholars and Tenebrae.
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|Oratorio and concert rep|
|Bach, J.S.||Cantatas various including BWV 4, 21, 51, 80, 140|
|Mass in B Minor|
|St John Passion|
|St Matthew Passion|
|Brahms||Ein Deutches Requiem|
|Charpentier||Le Reniement de Saint-Pierre|
|Dvorak||Mass in D|
|Israel in Egypt|
|Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo|
|Jenkins||The Armed Man|
|Mass in C Minor|
|Vesperae solonnes de Confessore|
|Vesperae solennes de Dominica|
|Nunes Garcia||Missa Pastoril|
|Purcell||Come Ye Sons of Art|
|Dido & Aeneas (Dido, Belinda, 2nd Woman)|
|Rossini||Petite Messe Solennelle|
|Schubert||Mass in G|
|Vaughan Williams||Serenade to Music|