Mirabilé Vocal Ensemble
The Mirabilé Vocal Ensemble was established in 2002 and comprises experienced, auditioned singers. Members of Mirabilé have varied musical backgrounds, including choral and soloist experiences within both local and nationally renowned groups.
Based in Nottingham, they have performed in many wonderful cathedrals across the UK, and have taken part in both national and international festivals. These have included two very successful tours to Italy with performances in Rome, Tuscany, Bolzano, Bologna and in the Morellino Classica, Civita and Soli Deo Gloria international festivals.
They also embrace new and exciting challenges and have performed in Nottingham with the “Zaporozhian Cossacks” dancers, and on stage with internationally renowned group “Blake”, during their UK tour “Blake in Harmony”.
Winners of the Female Choir category at the International Eisteddfod Competition in Llangollen 2016, Mirabilé have since been invited to perform for BBC Radio Nottingham, and to take part in both the Southwell Music Festival and Southwell Minster Lunchtime Concert Series.
Under the Artistic Directorship of Anthony Rose, Mirabilé are now embracing an exciting new repertoire of classical and contemporary music, the premier of which was performed in London in January 2018 as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival Concert Series, followed by a lovely Summer event in the magnificent Great Hall at Wollaton, and a recent hugely successful concert to support the NSPCC.
Bernie began singing as a teenager with Burnley Youth Choir before studying music and education at Leeds Trinity University. She taught music to advanced level in secondary schools in the North West and Nottingham for many years before becoming a freelance music consultant in 2012. Bernie recently completed a conducting diploma with the Association of British Choral Directors and is musical director of two community choirs in Nottingham.
“My Mirabilé highlight so far is performing in the beautiful Abbey of Monteveglio as part of our 2012 Mirabilé tour. Receiving a standing ovation from the Franciscan friars and nuns was a special moment which will stay with me for ever.”
Olivia began her musical journey when she joined the Cantamus Girl’s choir where she was lucky enough to perform in various international singing competitions and concerts. She attended the Royal Academy of Music and had the pleasure of being taught by Sarah Walker, James Baillieu and Audrey Highland. Outside of Academy, Olivia won singing competitions such as the David Clover Festival of Singing and The John Ogdon Singing Scholarship. Olivia is now a primary school teacher in Mansfield. She also sings with Cantus Amici and continues to engage in solo performances.
“It is a privilege to sing such beautiful music with this group of inspirational and talented women!“
Tamsin’s musical education began with the descant recorder, her father’s love of Bach and her mother’s love of Saturday Night Fever! She went on to study piano, cello and voice, singing and playing in school, college and university groups. She was lucky to experience being a member of Cantamus Girl’s Choir in Mansfield, performing at many prestigious concerts and travelling extensively with them. She has been in education for 30 years, running school choirs and orchestras at various schools. She was musical director at The Palace Theatre Stage School in Mansfield and has taught voice and piano privately. She enjoyed a short spell as Mirabilé’s assistant MD in 2016/17, the highlight of which was the Eisteddfod competition and conducting a recital in Southwell Minster. She also sings with Cantus Amici.
“Mirabilé are a wonderfully talented group of the loveliest people. The repertoire is divine and so rewarding to sing. I am so lucky to have found this choir!“
Anna’s musical interest was fostered at the age of 3 when she first began to play the violin. This continued into adulthood as a member of several string quartets playing for private functions. Anna is an accomplished pianist reaching grade 8 standard and having performed as a concerto soloist. Anna spent a period as a Chorister at Birmingham Cathedral and has been a member of many choirs. She currently sings with and co-manages an 8 piece acapella group ‘Scarlet’ who have had the honour to sing at many prestigious locations including Wells Cathedral and Bath Abbey. Her musical taste spans Palestrina to the Swingle Singers. She is also plays the flute, bass recorder and harp.
“It is a pleasure to sing with such an established group of dedicated and talented singers who are always keen to expand their repertoire and quality of performance“.
Rebecca has always been greatly involved in making music, reportedly since before she was born! Having sung almost continuously since the age of seven, she has performed in many groups of all shapes and sizes, from school choirs and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, through to the Manchester University Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Alongside being an active member of Mirabilé, Rebecca maintains a broad interest in all musical genres and sings in a rock band.
“Being a member of Mirabilé is so motivating. I feel encouraged to constantly work on my voice and I am relishing the challenge of singing with a talented group of fellow vocalists performing at such a high standard.”
Margaret-Anne began singing as a teenager in church and in school productions. She then joined Kilmarnock Operatic society. After moving from Scotland, she always found a musical interest in each new location. She has sung in a wide variety of choirs including choral, madrigal, and ensemble singing, competing in numerous competitive music festivals.
“On first hearing Mirabilé, I was so impressed by their beautiful sound and was delighted to become part of something special. Rehearsals are hard work and challenging, however the final results are hugely rewarding.”
Laura began singing at fourteen, and at sixteen became a founder member of the Halle Youth Choir in Manchester where she developed a love of choral singing. Studying Music at the University of Liverpool, Laura joined the university chamber choir and also sang as part of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, alongside regular solo engagements. Since her recent move to Nottingham, she has established a children’s community choir and continues to develop her own repertoire.
Ruth has been involved with music all her life. She was a founder member of the Cantamus girls’ training choir and went on to sing with the main choir for many years. She went on to achieve grade 8 of the ABRSM in piano and voice before studying for a degree in Music and French. She also enjoys singing with the recently formed ex-members choir Cantus Amici. She is a teacher of modern foreign languages in Nottingham by day, but her passion is music and she is delighted to be singing with Mirabilé.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to sing with Mirabilé, the standard is extremely high and it’s great to be challenged musically once again.”
Hilary grew up in Wales where there is a long tradition of choral music and has been singing in choirs for as long as she can remember performing locally and nationally in concerts, music festivals and Eisteddfods. She studied the classical guitar to grade 8 and during this time enjoyed master classes with guitarists John Williams and Julian Bream. Hilary also sings in a contemporary Christian band and has used her guitar to accompany herself as a singer for many years. Her passion for singing led her to audition for Mirabilé where she is enjoying being part of a female ensemble and rising to the challenge that each new piece brings.
“I couldn’t imagine a life without song!”
Born in Nottingham, Becky was a member of the Cantamus Girls Choir from the age of 13, and took part in various competitions and festivals during this time. She also achieved her grade 8 singing and grade 5 musical theory, whilst doing her A Levels. Becky then went to the University of Plymouth to study History and Politics. She lived in Devon for 5 years, and during this time she joined the Exeter Philharmonic Choir. Becky moved back to Nottingham in late 2017, and subsequently joined Mirabilé in September 2018.
“Singing with Mirabilé has reignited my love for music. I feel so fortunate to be part of such a wonderful group“
Josie discovered her love of singing at senior school, achieving her grade 8 and singing with a number of choirs, most notably the National Youth Choir of Great Britain with whom she performed in prestigious venues and took part in an incredible world tour. Continuing to sing whilst at Nottingham University with the chamber choir, Josie was delighted to be invited to be a founder member of Mirabilé and has relished the challenge it presents ever since.
“Performing with Mirabilé is a fantastic experience. There is nothing like the buzz of singing beautiful, challenging music at a really high standard. I always find it amazing how our different voices blend together to create such a wonderful sound.”
Ally grew up surrounded by music and was brought up in a home that always had music playing, whether it be choral, folk or 80’s pop! Ally has been a keen musician since primary school, where she began learning piano and violin. Whilst at The Minster School, she developed a love for singing and performed and toured with the school’s Girls, Full and Chamber choirs. She was later invited to become a founder member of the Girls Choir at Southwell Minster – her favourite place to perform. Ally is thoroughly enjoying being part of a singing ensemble once again.
“Performing alongside such dedicated and talented singers is a real privilege and I am extremely grateful for the challenges and opportunities singing with Mirabilé has given me.”
Hannah Ruth McDonald
Hannah is a graduate from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and as of 2018 embarked on her professional career in Opera. She first began with chorus work in Heritage Opera’s summer tour, ‘Micaela’ with Midland Opera – Carmen and ‘Despina’ Opera Novella – Cosi Fan Tutte. Her contemporary credits include ‘Grass’ in Juwon Ogungbe’s The Pied Piper of Chibok (Grimeborn Festival 2018) and ‘The Inquisitor’ in Infinite Opera’s new triptych work, Besse. She performs regularly in concert work with local musician David Machell. Hannah is delighted to be singing with the exceptional Mirabile again as she continues to explore choral works and ensemble performances with a fantastic group of local singers.
“It feels each time I rehearse with Mirabilé I somehow rediscover the joy of song and its uplifting effects on body and soul. It’s often all too easy to feel downcast with all the various pressures in life, but Mirabilé lifts me up and reminds why I sing – because I love it.“
Geraldine was born and raised in Nottingham. She developed an early love of choral singing through school, church, and the county music school, where she sang in girls’ and mixed choirs, and the small, select madrigal group. She was also a member of the Newstead Abbey Singers, the adult choir of St Mary the Virgin (Lace Market), and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. A Level years were spent in the celebrated music department of Clarendon College, from where Geraldine went on to study singing through degree and postgraduate levels at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, with regular solo and choral engagements. Having worked in London for many years in several marketing and communications roles, Geraldine returned to Nottingham in 2011. She resumed singing after a long break, and has since enthusiastically taken up work as a singing teacher, working both privately and in various local schools.
“Choral and ensemble work has always been my main passion as a singer, so it’s such a joy to be part of a really excellent group like Mirabilé.”
Carolyn has always enjoyed singing but was a relatively late starter to performing in public, joining her local operatic society in her early 20s. As she moved around the country she performed in a variety of concerts and popular musicals including Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof and many Gilbert and Sullivan favourites. After settling in Nottingham, Carolyn joined the West Bridgford Operatic Society, where she met musical director Joy Nicol, who invited her to become an early member of Mirabilé.
“Singing with Mirabilé has given, and continues to give me one of the most challenging, enjoyable and rewarding experiences ever.”
Alison started singing as a young child and progressed onto Grade 8 in her teenage years. She has performed in many vocal groups ranging from madrigal groups, chamber choirs, barber shop quartets and now Mirabilé.
“I really enjoy the blend of sound and harmonies that we make in Mirabilé and feel that we really communicate our pieces well as we perform all pieces without reading.”
Samantha began singing at a young age and has been passionate about music making ever since. She began her career in the Cantamus girls choir and later went on to the University of York where she completed her Degree in music. Samantha has recently Graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a masters in vocal and operatic performance, and is beginning her career as a freelance musician where she receives engagements across the country. Samantha also works as a singing teacher both across schools and privately at her home.
“It is a joy to once again be singing with like minded women who strive to create a beautiful sound and performance”
Josie is from Leicester and studied dance and music at Roehampton University of Surrey where she majored in classical piano performance. She returned to Leicester after graduating where she continued to enjoy singing with local a Capella group before moving to Nottingham a few years ago and joining Mirabilé. Josie also has a huge passion for musical theatre and has performed in various principal roles over the last twelve years at The Little Theatre in Leicester. She has also recently become a member of Carlton Operatic Society in Nottingham.
“It has been such a joy to join Mirabilé where the team are so lovely and the standard so excellent.”
Susan has been playing the piano since she was 7 years old. In her younger years, she won many prizes at various music festivals in the West Midlands, notably Birmingham.
For the last 25 years she has been playing Chamber Music (piano trios, quartets and quintets) and is currently in 8 separate groups!
She was invited to accompany Mirabilé in early 2013 which has been a great challenge. This resulted in a concert with Cossack dancers at the Nottingham Arts Theatre and a tour of 6 cathedrals during 2014.
C. Coleman, arr. R. Barnes - The Rhythm of Life