Birgitta Kenyon spends much of her time in Theatre/ Cabaret and on the concert platform: she has MD-ed professional panto, appeared as an actress in pro-
Musical Theatre, and performed as a conductor, solo/ ensemble singer and concert pianist (latterly in Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue). She is in demand as a choral workshop leader, working with a variety of National Organisations to kick-start new choirs in schools, and to revitalise already existing ones.
Birgitta writes and arranges music in a variety of genres, including full-scale musicals for a variety of age groups. Over the years there have been many projects with Richard Stilgoe at the Orpheus Centre song-writing with Disabled Performers: more recently these have extended to outreaches in a variety of adult prisons and Youth Remand Centres.
She has also undertaken projects with sufferers of Parkinsons Disease, Senile Dementia, and in 2013 co-piloted a new Summer School for Young Carers with Ruthie Henshall. In 2001 she was honoured to be presented to the Queen, in recognition of her work with young people in the performing arts.
Her recent move to London has brought her new and exciting work on the Cabaret Scene as her new persona “A Girl Called Fred”, while she also continues to enjoy her new(ish) engagement as leader of the Crouch End Singers. Oh, and she directs The Voice Squad.
Bethany has spent most of her life on stage, tottering into baby ballet class at the tender age of two! This snowballed into tap, modern, jazz and national dancing, along side piano, violin and vocal training; completing grade 8 in all three. Bethany enrolled as a member of both the “Voice Squad” and “LMA Stage School” led by Birgitta Kenyon, which gave her some amazing opportunities throughout her teenage years; including performing at the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium.
She then moved to study Music (BMus) at Surrey University where she majored in both performing and conducting in her final year simultaneously taking lead roles in student productions of A Chorus Line (Cassie) and A Slice of Saturday Night (Sue). Since finishing university Bethany has worked as the vocal coach for The Voice Squad and taught Piano and Singing privately and at KEGS and Culford schools. Bethany’s most recent performing ventures include being half of the duo “Two’s Company” and being a front liner for the professional Theatre Company “Half Hour Call”.
Rob Cross became a chorister at Ely Cathedral at the age of nine and was Head Chorister in his final year.
As a treble and through senior school years, Rob travelled with the Cathedral Choir and School Chapel Choirs performing in Holland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, Malta, Paris and Rome. During a gap year Robert completed his DipABRSM Diploma as a Countertenor.
He went on to study Music (BMus) at the University of Surrey where he won the Robert Naylor award for his degree recital. He has now been involved in an increasing number of solo performances including Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach Cantata 170, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Orfeo) in Peru, Handel’s Samson (Micah) in Auckland and Arvo Pärt’s Passio in Christchurch, New Zealand. He occasionally sings as a ‘deputy lay clerk’ in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Winchester and Rochester Cathedral choirs. With the latter, he has taken part in a CD recording (released in Dec 09), a Radio 3 broadcast (Choral Evensong) and a concert for Classic FM. Rob also appears as a soloist for Fiori Musicalli’s recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice In The Lamb with Clare College Choir. He directs the Newmarket Community Choir and VOCA – community choir in Bury St Edmunds. www.robertcross.co.uk