Rosemary Carton-Wills, Soprano
A versatile young singer, whose work includes the standard repertoire and new works, Rosemary Carlton-Willis has a special love for the baroque repertoire. She recently graduated from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where she studied with Maarten Koningsberger and Xenia Meijer and with Valérie Guillorit.
Currently based in The Netherlands, she has formed a partnership with harpsichord, fortepiano and clavichord player Reinhard Siegert, and is a soloist with period ensemble Inventio, specialising in the powerfully expressive sacred music of the 17th century. She has appeared as soloist with ensembles such as the Westerkerk Bachorkest and Alla Breve.
Rosemary has had coaching and masterclasses with Margreet Honig, Richard Egarr, Emma Kirkby, Lynne Dawson, Barbara Schlick, John Potter, Menno van Delft, Therese de Goede, David Miller, Jacob Heringman, Fred Jacobs, Johanette Zomer and Richard Jackson. She took BA Music (Hons) and MA Music Historical Performance (Distinction) at the University of York, where she studied with Yvonne Seymour and Helena Daffern.
She has performed in the York and Beverley Early Music Festivals as chorister and soloist under the direction of Peter Seymour, Robert Hollingworth, Matthew Halls alongside Concordia Consort of Viols, Musica Fiata Koln and Compagnia d’Istrumenti. With Yorvox and The 24, she performed in Germany, China and for the Estonian Embassy, UK. Rosemary has presented her research on gesture and lute song to the National Early Music Association and to the Lute Society UK.
She has appeared as Dorinda (Orlando/Handel); Iole/chorus (The Women of Trachis/Sophocles, new translation and music Rowland/Hughes); Narrator (Dust in Space /Conner); the False Boy (The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken/Weill), the Princess (The Soldier’s Tale/Stravinsky) and chorus roles in Ordo Virtutum (Bingen) among other projects. She has also performed as an actress, including at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the York Dungeon!
Sophia Patsi, Mezzo-Soprano
Sophia Patsi was born in Thessaloniki, Greece.
After finishing her studies in the Conservatory of her hometown on 2009
(Grade:10 and First Prize) she decided to continue her studies abroad.
As an Erasmus student she studied with Cheryl Studer in the Hochshule fur
Musik, Wurzburg, Germany and since 2009 she studied in the Netherlands
with Roberta Alexander, Carolyn Watkinson, Maarten Koningsberger, Xenia
On 2005 she was awarded with the 1st prize in the 21st National Singing
Competition in Greece, on 2009 she was a finalist in the international Maria
Callas Grand Prix, and on April 2010 she won the audience prize in the Prix
d’Harmonie competition in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
For the period 2009-2011 she was a K. Kyriacopoulos scholar (National
Opera of Greece) and this year she is supported by the Sweelinck Fonds.
She has followed masterclasses with Emma Kirkby, David Catalunya, John
Dawson, Ghena Dimitrova, Edith Mathis, Claron McFadden.
Sophia has worked with musicians and conductors such as Teunis van der
Zwart, Menno van Delft, Alfredo Bernandini, Patrick van der Linden, Gijs
Leenars, Geert van den Dungen, Iason Marmaras.
Currently she continues her studies in the Master Program of the
Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the class of Maarten Koningsberger and
Xenia Meijer in the Early Music department.