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Kevin Skelton: An excerpt from "Tintern Abbey"
About Kevin Skelton:
Canadian tenor Kevin D. Skelton has performed on five continents with a wide array of musical ensembles. With a voice and musical sensitivity particularly suited to early music, Kevin specialises in 17th-century music, haute-contre repertoire, and the Bach Evangelist roles. Recent appearances include Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers and Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Bachkoor Brabant in the Netherlands, as well as several performances with the soloists of Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe). The past season has also included projects of contemporary music with Bl!ndman (Belgium), VocaalLAB (Netherlands), and Exaudi (UK). Next season will also include the premiere of solo theatre production exploring the confrontations and intersections of early and modern music through a combination of classical singing and contemporary dance. Kevin holds graduate degrees in voice, conducting, and musicology having studied in Toronto, Indiana, and Oxford.
About Alison Melville:
Alison Melville’s musical career as a performer on historical flutes and recorders has taken her from her native Toronto across Canada and the USA and to Iceland, Japan, New Zealand and Europe. Her extraordinary breadth of experience comprises solo and chamber music recitals; music for dance, theatre, film and television; orchestral work with modern and period instrument orchestras; concerts in venues more varied than you can imagine, from Boston’s Jordan Hall or Tokyo’s Bunkamura Theatre to inner-city schools, ferry boats and prisons; musical repertoire from the12th to 21st centuries, composed, arranged and improvised; and music from Celtic and Scandinavian traditions. Trained in Toronto, London (UK), and in Basel, Alison is a member of the Toronto Consort and Ensemble Polaris, and artistic director of the multi-arts ensemble The Bird Project. She also appears regularly as a soloist and orchestral player with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. She has played on over 50 CDs including five critically acclaimed solo recordings, and her playing is featured on the soundtracks of The Tudors and The Borgias, films by Atom Egoyan, Ang Lee and Amnon Buchbinder. For several years she was a fixture on CBC’s The Friendly Giant. Alison currently teaches at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.
About Olivier Fortin:
Olivier Fortin began studying the harpsichord at age eight, graduating with distinction from the Québec Conservatory in 1995. He continued his training with Dom André Laberge, and received several scholarships for studies in Paris with Pierre Hantai and in Amsterdam with Bob van Asperen. In 1997 he was awarded top prizes at the Montreal Bach Competition and the Bruges Festival. He is increasingly esteemed as a soloist and chamber musician, touring and recording throughout Europe, the United States and Canada with Masques, Capriccio Stravagante, Tafelmusik, Chanticleer, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal and Les Voix Humaines as well as playing with Skip Sempé and Pierre Hantaï in a harpsichord trio. Olivier teaches harpsichord and chamber music at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.
About Thomas Baeté:
Thomas Baeté trained as a choirboy and violin player in his hometown of Oostende, Belgium. He later took up the viola da gamba as an autodidact, before studying it in Brussels and Barcelona with Wieland Kuijken, JordiSavall and Sophie Watillon and Paolo Pandolfo. He also performs medieval fiddle with such groups as Mala Punica, Capilla Flamenca, and Grain de la voix. He is a founding member of la Roza Enflorese, an ensemble devoted to Sefardic music, and a member of viol consort The Spirit of Gambo. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Thomas also teaches viola da gamba and medieval music in Brussels and Leuven.