What do you do to relax in your spare time?
Try to keep in contact with friends. Roast in the sun, if there is any, read, think, explore.
If you could perform in any venue, what / where would it be?
York Minster, OLV Maastricht or Smokey Mary’s, NYC.
Is there a piece you have fallen in love with since performing it with The Sixteen?
I wouldn’t describe it like that, but discovering (and recording, several decades ago) Poulenc’s Figure humaine was and is an exceptionally significant part of my experience with The Sixteen. Heartrending text, historical context and wonderfully quirky music. I’m taking a week out of my holiday this summer in order to perform it – couldn’t bear to miss it.
What has been the most challenging piece of music you have ever sung?
The most interesting challenge for me is the music of Josquin: how to sing it in a way that makes sense of the phrases, and how to convey the logic behind their development.
Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?
Bach. Standing in front of his statue in Leipzig last year was a profound experience.
What would your ultimate desert island disc be?
White’s Christe qui lux es et dies (IV)
What would you eat for your last supper?
My default setting is generally toast and butter, or rather, butter and toast.