Biography

Bethany Seymour was born in York and read music at University of Leeds, graduating with a first class honours degree. A year of her studies involved an Erasmus exchange-programme at the Musikhochschule in Köln studying with Barbara Schlick.

For the last three years Bethany has sung with Hermann Max and Rheinische Kantorei in Knechtsteden, Leipzig, Erfurt, Graz and Mühlhausen, including solo performances in Charpentier, Mendelssohn, Bononcini and Purcell King Arthur. As a soloist Bethany has appeared throughout northern Europe, most interestingly in Köthen Festival, performing two Italian cantatas, taken from JS Bach’s library there, with Leipzig Barockorchester. This programme was broadcast by MDR. Most recently she performed with Rheinische Kantorei in Bach B minor mass in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Bach Motets in Santiago de Compostella; Bach Singet dem Herrn (single voices) in Essen (broadcast on MDR); soprano solo in Brahm’s Requiem in Italy; and at Knechsteden Festival where she sang Monteverdi’s Il combattimento with James Gilchrist and recorded Bach B minor Mass with Hermann Max. In December 2011 Bethany performed Bach B minor Mass (2 per part) in the Musikverein, Vienna.

In England Bethany sings with Yorkshire Bach Choir and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists with whom she has sung soprano solo on three commercial recordings for Signum Records: Bach St John Passion, Bach B minor Mass and Bach St Matthew Passion (release date summer 2014).

Alongside these ensembles she has worked as a freelance soloist, including recent performances of Bach Christmas Oratorio, both Passions, B minor mass and Magnificat (London Handel Festival); Handel Messiah, Solomon, Saul and Dixit Dominus; Mozart Requiem and selected concert arias; Haydn Nelson Mass and Creation; Purcell Dido & Aeneas; Monteverdi Vespers; Fauré Requiem; Dvorak Stabat Mater.

Bethany has performed many Lieder recitals including works by Schumann, Schubert and Loewe. A notable performance was Schumann Myrthen with Joshua Ellicott in Leamington Spa. For more information about Bethany’s solo recitals see the current projects page.

Performance highlights of the past few years have been the Pergolesi opera L’Olimpiada in York Early Music Festival; touring Denmark performing Bach cantata 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, and A Scarlatti Su le Sponde del tebro with Danish trumpeter Niels Tilma; and Purcell Dido and Aeneas with Emma Kirkby and Stephen Varcoe in Kölner Fest für Alte Musik.

In February 2013 Bethany was awarded a fellowship with the BBC Performing Arts Fund through the National Centre for Early Music. The fellowship will allow Bethany to further her career through guidance and performance opportunities from the NCEM.