Opera Da Camera
Making opera available to everyone
Weekend 2: August 26th ‑ 28th
Mary King    
Though she trained as an opera singer, Mary King's varied career as a singer/actor included leading roles in stage productions from Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker (National Theatre) through to The Marriage of Figaro and Wonderful Town, and concert work with leading orchestras across the world.

For 15 years she was involved with English National Opera, as an Artistic Associate. Between 2006 and 2013 she was Artist in Residence at London's Southbank Centre where she set up a new vocal project called Voicelab. Her work with Southbank Centre was  extraordinarily varied: from Beethoven 9 with 1500 singers, to a 40-piece male voice choir to accompany indie band Elbow, she cast and coached  shows including Carmen Jones, Lost in the Stars,  Mass (Bernstein) and The Wizard of Oz. She has broadcast on TV (including Channel 4's acclaimed series Operatunity and  Musicality; The Choir of the Year; the Cardiff Singer of the World competition), and is a  regular presenter / contributor to Radio 3 and 4.

Recent publications include The Singers’ Handbook, co-written with Tony Legge for Faber, and three volumes of a series of vocal coaching books for Boosey and Hawkes (Singing in English / French / German).  She is an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College and the Royal Northern College of Music.
Penelope Mackay  was born in Yorkshire and trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.   Having spent most of her professional career in opera she began her teaching career in 1988.  For many years, Penny was responsible for coaching in French Song at the Royal Academy of Music and French diction and phonetics both there and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She has also been involved with the Britten Pears Young Artists programmes at Snape Maltings, coaching on the opera, oratorio and French song and Lieder courses.
    
Anna Tilbrook    Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 Anna Tilbrook has become a regular artist at all the leading concert halls and festivals collaborating with many leading singers and instrumentalists including James Gilchrist, Ian Bostridge, Lucy Crowe, Sarah Tynan, Barbara Hannigan, Nicholas Daniel, Natalie Clein, Philip Dukes and the Fitzwilliam, Sacconi, Elias, Doelen and Coull String Quartets. She has also accompanied Jose Carreras, Angela Gheorghiu and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts.

Recent performances include New York Carnegie Hall, Edinburgh Festival, Wigmore Hall, curating a Schubertiade and a weekend of Schumann and Mendelssohn songs and chamber music at St John’s Smith Square, a series of recitals with violist Philip Dukes, Aldeburgh, Buxton, Cheltenham, Oxford Lieder, West Cork Festivals, Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Anima Mundi (Pisa), Wroclaw Cantans and Musee des Tissus, Lyon.
Anna and James Gilchrist have made a series of acclaimed recordings of English song for Linn and Chandos, recorded Schubert's Die Schone Mullerin, (Editor’s Choice in Gramophone), Schwanengesang with Beethoven’s An die Ferne Geliebte and Winterreise (BBC Music Magazine recording of the month) for Orchid, and most recently a disc of the Schumann Song Cycles.
   
Michael Pilkington MA (Cantab) FGSM, LRAM, LGSM taught full time at GSM&D for 30 years, where among many other things he ran the English and American Song Class.
 
Michael made four trips to the USA giving singers workshops in a number of universities there. He was conductor of the East Surrey Choral Society for 20 years. He edited many volumes of English song for Stainer & Bell and ABRSM.
 
He wrote five books of Guides to the Repertoire of English songs, edited some 20 volumes of choral works for Novello, including Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem and Haydn’s Creation, and provided new English translations for Brahms’ German Requiem and Haydn’s The Seasons.
 
For many years, he was  music reviewer for the AOTOS magazine. He is now preparing the final three volumes of A Century of English Song, the series published by Thames Music.
Jeffrey Davies studied singing with Roy Hickman (Glasgow), Gordon Clinton (Birmingham), Jan Heye (Rotterdam) and at university in the USA where his studies included vocal pedagogy. He has performed in concert, oratorio and opera in the UK and abroad, at universities, Edinburgh Opera, Scottish Opera, Wisconsin Opera, and Madison Opera.
 
After gaining his ARCM (Spf), Jeffrey has taught voice production and singing in Norwich and abroad for many years to local and international students, and at the University of East Anglia where he was a tutor of singing. He also has biological and biomedical doctoral degrees and his interests include vocal rehabilitation and voice science.
 
He has also worked with students London and Norwich researching computer technology in the teaching of singing. Jeffrey is a Registered Teacher with the ISM, a member National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS, USA), the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS, UK), the Dutch Society of Singing Teachers (NVZ), and the British Voice Association (BVA) for which he has been a council member.
 
He is the founder of Opera da Camera and the East Anglia Summer Music School