Thomas Halle

Thomas Halle was born in 1984 in Berlin. During his studies at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch” he performed as Hamlet at the Deutsches Theater Berlin under the direction of Andreas Kriegenburg, and at BAT Studiotheater he starred in Sven Regener’s THE LITTLE BROTHER under the direction of Leander Haußmann and appeared in projects with the directors Robert Hartmann and David Czesienski. At the Theater Heidelberg, he also appeared in the film adaptation GEGEN DIE WAND, directed by Mareike Mikat.

From 2011 to 2015 he was part of the ensemble of the Staatstheater Karlsruhe. In March 2015, he was honored with the Günther Rühle Prize for his outstanding acting performances in ICH BEREUE NICHTS. Since 2015/16, Thomas Halle works as a freelance. Among others, he performed at the Schauspiel Stuttgart in DER STURM under the direction of Armin Petras.

Anna Lucia Richter

Anna Lucia Richter was trained by Professor Kurt Widmer in Basle and completed her singing studies with distinction with Professor Klesie Kelly-Moog at the Cologne Academy of Music. The soloist has won several international prizes for example the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.

She has performed as a concert singer with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Daniel Harding, the London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink. She goes on tour to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and to Luxembourg singing Mahler’s songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn in November with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Bernard Haitink. She sings in Mozart’s Requiem with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock. Works by Johann Sebastian Bach make up the artist’s core repertoire: she sings Bach cantatas with the B’Rock Orchestra at the Mozart Week in Salzburg, with the Tonkünstler-Orchester in Grafenegg and finally in March songs from Schemelli’s Song Book and the Notenbüchlein for Anna Magdalena Bach, together with Gerog Nigl and other soloists in the Konzerthaus in Vienna. The CD “Bach Privat” with these works was released in September 2017 on the alpha label.

Anna Lucia Richter is a particularly enthusiastic lied singer. She has already built up an extensive repertoire and gives guest performances in all the major lied venues, for instance the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and in the Wigmore Hall London. She made her U.S. debut inter alia in the Weill Hall of the Carnegie Hall, singing her highly acclaimed and unusual Liederkreis programme of Eichendorff settings and improvisations, accompanied by Michael Gees. Anna Lucia Richter frequently includes contemporary compositions in her recitals, for instance the world premiere of the work Singet leise (Sing softly) by Moritz Eggert and the cycle Ophelia Sings by Wolfgang Rihm, which he composed especially for her.

VOCES8

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble’s performance and education ethos.

VOCES8 has performed at many notable venues including Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Elbphilharmonie, Cité de la Musique, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, NCPA Beijing, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Victoria Concert Hall Singapore and the Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City. This season they will add the Sydney Opera House, Muziekgebouw aan’ t IJ and La Seine Musicale Paris to that list. Keen musical collaborators, this season will see concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music, Manchester Camerata, the Edvard Grieg Kor, Hugo Ticciati, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and with baroque violinist Rachel Podger, with whom the critically acclaimed ‘Guardian Angel’ project will continue. Touring highlights of the season include concerts throughout the UK and Europe, across USA and Japan, and debut visits to Australia and Lithuania.

With an on-going programme of recordings, videos and live broadcasts, VOCES8 is heard regularly on international television and radio. The ensemble is a Decca Classics artist and has released acclaimed recordings that have all reached the top of the classical charts. A new album is planned for 2019. VOCES8 has premiered commissions from Roxanna Panufnik, Alexander Levine, Alec Roth, Ben Parry, Ola Gjeilo, Philip Stopford, Graham Lack, Thomas Hewitt Jones and Owain Park. 2019 will see the premiere of a commission by Jonathan Dove to mark the culmination of his period as the group’s Composer in Residence.

VOCES8 is passionate about music education and is the flagship ensemble of the music charity VCM Foundation. Engaging in a broad range of outreach work that reaches up to 40,000 people a year, the group runs an annual programme of workshops and masterclasses at the Foundation’s home in London, the Gresham Centre at St Anne & St Agnes Church. Dedicated to supporting promising young singers, the group awards eight annual choral scholarships through the VOCES8 Scholars initiative. These scholarships are linked to the annual Milton Abbey Summer School at which amateur singers of all ages are invited to work and perform with VOCES8. The ensemble is proud to be the Associate Ensemble for Cambridge University and delivers a Masters programme in choral studies.

As official Ambassadors for Edition Peters, the ensemble publishes educational material including the ‘VOCES8 Method’. Developed by Paul Smith, co-founder of VOCES8, this renowned and unique teaching tool is available in four languages and adopts music to enhance development in numeracy, literacy and linguistics. Also available are two anthologies of its arrangements, and an ever-expanding ‘VOCES8 Singles’ range. This season the ensemble becomes Ambassador for the Tido App, an inspirational resource and learning tool created by

Edition Peters. The VOCES8 Method and music arrangements will be made available via Tido during the 2018/19 season.

VOCES8 is very grateful for support from Arts Council England, the Merchant Taylors’ Company, the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers, Holman Fenwick Willan and T.M.Lewin.

Thomas Hampson

Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, hails from Spokane, Washington. He has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. Comprising more than 150 albums, his discography includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He received the 2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and was appointed the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Residence.

In 2010 he was honored with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress, where he serves as Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America. Hampson was made honorary professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Heidelberg and holds honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Whitworth College, and San Francisco Conservatory, as well as being an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music. He carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France, and was awarded the Austrian Medal of Honor in Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the Heidelberger Frühling’s Lied Academy In 2020, he was awarded the Heidelberger Frühling music award.