Ruth Holton

Genre: Soprano


Soprano Ruth Holton studied music at Clare College, Cambridge where she was a choral exhibitioner. Her early recordings of Bach’s St John Passion and cantatas established her as a leading baroque soloist. Her concert and recording schedule has included the major oratorios of Bach, Handel, Purcell, and Masses by Haydn and Mozart. She has recorded all the Bach cantatas with the Holland Boys Choir under Peter Leusink. She has sung for Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the Monteverdi Choir, the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, Amsterdam Baroque, Fretwork and the Leipzig Thomanerchor.

The clarity of Ruth’s voice makes her a popular choice for contemporary music, and she has been involved in premieres of works by Steve Reich, Peter Salem, David Briggs, Howard Thomas, Guy Woolfenden and others.

In 2014 she toured Germany, England and America with the fortepianists Malcolm Bilson and Zvi Meniker in a series of recitals marking CPE Bach’s 300th anniversary. She sang the Verdi Requiem in Worcester Cathedral in 2014, and Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony in Wells Cathedral. In recent years she has given performances of Strauss Four Last Songs, Howells Hymnus Paradisi, Rutter Magnificat and Requiem and Poulenc Gloria.

Ruth is the organist and Director of Music at All Saints West Dulwich, where she has directed Bach’s St John Passion and Handel’s Messiah. In 2014 she founded the community choir Sing4ALL and in November 2018 her setting of Vera Brittain’s Roundel was premièred by the Opus XVI Chamber Choir in London to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

Photo credit: Lucy Judson

For Oratorio and Concert repertoire please scroll down:

Oratorio and Concert
Adams, John Grand Pianola Music
Allegri Miserere
Bach, JS B Minor Mass
Cantatas (complete)
Christmas Oratorio
Easter Oratorio
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion
Bach, CPE Auferstehung Oratorio
Beethoven Mass in C
Brahms Requiem
Briggs, David Creation
Canteloube Chants d’Auvergne
Couperin Leçons de Ténèbres
Faure  Requiem
Finizi Dies Natalis
Handel Alexander’s Feast
Chandos Anthems
Dixit Dominus
Foundling Hospital Anthem
Israel in Egypt
Italian Cantatas
Ode on St Cecilia’s Day
Roman Vespers
Haydn Creation
Nelson Mass
Hildegard Sequences
Howells Hymnus Paradisi
Mendelssohn Elijah
Lauda Sion
St Paul
Mozart C Minor Mass
Concert Arias
Exultate Jubliate
Litanae Laurentanie
Monteverdi Beatus Vir
Solo Madrigals
Poulenc Gloria
Purcell Dido and Aeneas
King Arthur
Fairie Queen
Odes and Anthems
Reich, Steve Music for 18 Musicians
Rossini Petite Messe Solonelle
Rutter Gloria
Schubert Masses
Strauss, R Four Last Songs
Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem
Serenade to Music
The Sea
Verdi  Requiem
Artist: Ruth Holton
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Soprano
People: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (no 51) - J.S. Bach

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