Petrucci Ensemble - Singer Biographies

Emily Dourish
Soprano

Having begun her singing career in school G&S productions, Emily took up singing more seriously at Cambridge and was a choral exhibitioner at Jesus for six years. More recently she has moved into the early repertoire, starting with a year with the Renaissance Singers under Edward Wickham. Her regular commitments now include the Latin Schola at Our Lady and the English Martyrs (OLEM) in Cambridge, and the Cambridge Taverner Choir. The Petrucci Ensemble's recent performance as soloists in the Monteverdi Vespers fulfilled a life-long ambition to sing the Pulchra Es; a duet to die for!

Christina Hodkinson
Soprano

Tina has been singing for as long as she can remember but really grew to love it as a choral scholar in Trinity College Chapel Choir, which gave her the opportunity to tour and record extensively. After four years with Richard Marlow, she joined the Schola Cantorum of Fisher House, and the Latin Schola at OLEM under Sir Colin Mawby and now David Allinson. To avoid forgetting how to sing repertoire composed after 1650, she has also sung with Appassionare and the Seiber Consort. She is particularly proud of her first solo gig with the Petrucci Ensemble in the Monteverdi Vespers.

Rachael Beale
Alto

Rachael has sung with a motley collection of choirs, including the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the Corydon Singers, the Cambridge Taverner Choir, the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge and the chapel choir of Trinity College, Cambridge (in spite of withering criticism from her children).

Emily Orton
Alto

Emily has been singing in church and cathedral choirs since the age of eleven, rising to the rank of Head Chorister in Norwich Cathedral Girls' Choir before she came up to Cambridge in 2000. During her time at university she sang with various college chapel choirs including two years at Trinity under Richard Marlow. Emily can regularly be found singing Renaissance masses at both Michaelhouse and the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge and, as a break from early music, she is also a member of 'The Larks Ascending', a group which specialises in music by living British composers.

Daniel Bennett
Tenor

Daniel only came to singing seriously as a postgraduate. Joining the Schola Cantorum of Fisher House as an extra, he discovered both renaissance music and a real top G. A chance encounter with Gregorian Chant and the late Dr Mary Berry led to a love of chant done 'properly'. After singing with both for several years, he was involved in the relaunch of the Latin Schola at OLEM, Cambridge under Colin Mawby and latterly Dr David Allinson. During the week Daniel is kept busy by his children and the girls of St Mary's School, where he is Head of R.E. With their excellent jazz band, he has performed such modern classics as 'Baby It's Cold Outside' and 'Beyond the Sea'.

Mark Dourish
Tenor

Mark Dourish was born in Glasgow and was Head Chorister at St Aloysius, Garnethill, described at the time as the best Catholic choir in Scotland. He went on to study Medicine at St Andrews and Cambridge and sang for three years with the choir of Jesus College under Tim Byram-Wigfield, making several recordings and BBC broadcasts. His greatest commercial success (for someone else, unfortunately) was his performance on the recording of the official 2002 World Cup Anthem. Having earned nothing from this, he now works as a doctor in Cambridge and does occasional deputising work with various professional choirs in London.

He sings with the Cambridge Taverner Choir, the Petrucci Ensemble, and Corde, an eight-voice ensemble specialising in the music of the high and late renaissance under the artistic guidance of Francis Steele of the Tallis Scholars. He also sings with the Latin Schola of the church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge, directed first by Colin Mawby and now by the respected Tallis and Byrd specialist, Dr David Allinson.

Chris Jordinson
Bass

Chris has been singing in Cambridge since 1994. After singing in several college chapel choirs he discovered the delights of early music and has spent the last decade singing in ever-changing groups specialising in early repertoire, of which the Petrucci Ensemble is the most recent and longest-lived incarnation. Along with Mark, Chris reached number 5 in the Japanese chart singing on the 2002 World Cup Anthem by Vangelis.

Rupert Beale
Bass

Rupert thinks our biographies are too long. He was a chorister at St George's Chapel, Windsor under Christopher Robinson and a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge under Richard Marlow.