Orlando Gough: director

Orlando Gough was a founder member of the bands The Lost Jockey & Man Jumping. He writes music mostly for the theatre - operas, plays, dance pieces, music-theatre, directs The Shout, and devises and directs large-scale site-specific choral pieces.

Recent work includes The Singing River, for 12 choirs, 18 boats, two cranes and a locomotive (Theater der Welt, Stuttgart), an oratorio The Most Beautiful Man From The Sea (Welsh National Opera), We Turned On The Light (Proms), Swarm for marauding chorus (Barbican), a music-theatre piece Critical Mass (Almeida Opera Festival), an opera The Finnish Prisoner (Paddock Productions and Finnish National Opera), a music-theatre piece One, Two for six pairs of identical twins (Dartington), Open Port the closing event of Stavanger2008 European Capital of Culture, for 800 singers, brass band, wooden trumpets, and Raketensymphonie the opening event of Linz09 European Capital of Culture, for voices and fireworks.

He has just written a piece for children On The Rim Of The World commissioned by all the major opera houses in the UK, and a dance piece Just Add Water? with the choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh.

He is an associate artist of the Royal Opera House.

He is currently working on an opera with libretto by Caryl Churchill.

Rebecca Askew

Jeremy Avis

Jeremy Avis made a year-long vocal journey through Africa when he was 19, learning songs of traditional peoples, including a four-month stay among the Baka pygmies. A current musical passion is the loop–based vocal group Askew and Avis. He also broadcasts and records with medieval groups Joglaresa and the German–based Oni Wytars Ensemble and is a regular guest singer with folk group: The Mellstock Band. He also writes music for theatre and has just been in Taiwan performing his loop-based score for Josh Elwell’s puppet show “Puck’s Bottom.”

Jeremy Birchall

Jeremy's solo career has taken him to concert halls and opera houses across Europe. He has worked with English and Welsh National Opera, many groups specialising in early and contemporary music and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He performed the breathing part in Tippett’s 4th Symphony at one of their Proms. His unusually low voice has been used in many John Tavener pieces. Particularly memorable were the 7-hour Veil of The Temple and Theophany, where his multi-tracked and transposed low notes sounded like a huge pack of whales. He has recorded around 200 CDs, a TV opera and soundtracks for film, TV and commercials. His cabaret group, The Demon Barbers (29 years old!) won a recording industry award for their CD A Close Shave and recently appeared in Lorin Maazel’s 1984 at Covent Garden. www.demonbarbers.net

Matthew Frankland-Coombes

Matthew was a Choral Scholar at Magdalen College Oxford, where he studied English. After leaving Oxford he studied acting for three years at LAMDA. Matthew has worked as both a singer and actor in a wide range of projects including Remembrance of Things Past at the National Theatre, The Darkness of God at Westminster Abbey and Not the Love Story I was expecting at the BAC. Matthew is also co-producer of a new opera company, Second Movement, and is currently working at the Royal Opera House as part of the ROH2 Opera Genesis project. Recent credits include: Drive Ride Walk (Albany Theatre, Deptford) and Bluebeard, a physcial theatre piece at the Cochrane Theatre, London.

Angela Elliott

Angela has pursued dual careers as classical violinist and jazz singer. She also teaches privately, attracting students from all over England and Europe. She is Voice Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, and Jazz Tutor at Middlesex and Brunel Universities. She has worked with a number of contemporary composers in Australia and England, runs her own jazz contemporary ensemble and regularly performs in Jazz Clubs in London. She records with FiSci Records’ drum ’n bass group Chalk Hill. In her spare time she nurtures her seedlings and sunflowers and enjoys family life in her Cotswold home.

Martin George

Martin's career as a singer, actor, musician and director is now in it's 4th decade! Favourite roles in theatre have included Frank n Furter in Rocky Horror Show, Jesus and Judas in J.C. Superstar, Charley in Sondheim's Merrily we Roll Along and the title role in Tommy. West End appearances include Enjolras in Les Miserables and Cookie in Return to the Forbidden Planet. He has recently enjoyed stints with Opera della Luna and Theatr Clwyd. Martin also writes music, and was briefly a member of a folk/country outfit known as Girlband until they found him out!

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan studied at Clare College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. Theatre credits since leaving the Academy include: The Voluptuous Tango (Almeida Opera); My One And Only (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Jerry Springer: The Opera (BAC). Musical direction credits include: Six Pictures of Lee Miller (Minerva Theatre, Chichester) and Calamity Jane (national tour). Jonathan also works in music education and is a regular member of the ENO Baylis workshop team.

Carol Grimes

I was a busker... a long time ago! I sang in order to eat and to avoid working a proper job. When I am not singing with the Shout, I perform my own curious songs and poems and Jazz Songs with the musicians I have had the phenomenal pleasure to have worked with over the years. I have recorded, in America, Sweden, Germany, Poland and my home town, London. I came to The Shout when Orlando Gough asked me to sing as a very drunk woman in his opera, Hotel, libretto by Caryl Churchill. After that followed Shouting Fence and the rest is history! I have also worked with Giles Perring Percussionist extraordinare and Richard Chew, in a project called Something Secret, (CD forthcoming in 2006), and run a weekly choir called Sing For Joy in London for people with Parkinson's Disease. I also recently sang in a convoy of Am-phi cars on the River Necka in Stuttgart in The Singing River. An absolute first ! Next ! www.carolgrimes.com

Adey Grummet

Adey works in a wide range of repertoire. She has created soprano roles in new operas and music theatre works by many contemporary UK composers and made concert and recital appearances at most leading recital venues. She is an Associate Artist at Battersea Arts Centre and founded and directs the all-female ensemble The Curate's Egg. She leads workshops with community groups and works in signed song with the Deaf. She sits on the board of the Society for the Promotion of New Music and was for 8 years an artistic advisor to the Stoke Newington Festival. She is the author of one book and numerous songs and libretti. She is also a dab hand with a hammer drill. See the website www.adeygrummet.co.uk

Kayte Harding

Kayte is a choral director and a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners' Network (www.naturalvoice.net) and splits her time fairly evenly between numerous projects. Her most favourite thing in all the world is teaching people to sing who always thought they couldn't. Her short courses include Singing For the Terrified, Karaoke Singing, Gospel Singing and Singing technique. She also runs Who Dares Sings: a choir of women who once thought they couldn’t sing. Their repertoire is eclectic in the extreme, from Queen to Cantiones, Carl Jenkins to Wilson Pickett, Madonna to Henry VIII. When she’s not teaching, she’s singing and in addition to the Shout she has worked with London Voices and the London Sinfonietta Voices. Kayte’s voice has graced (one of sixty!) the soundtracks of Gangs of New York, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and a few others not cool enough to mention.

Michael Henry

Although Michael's music education was mainly in composition and clarinet at the Royal College of Music in the early 80s, he has been in touch with the voice as an instrument since the age of 10, singing both chorally and in various forms of popular music. His professional vocal achievements include opera with ENO, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House; backing vocals for Diana Ross, The Pet Shop Boys, Dave McAlmont, Billy Bragg, Cliff Richard; West End performances with the 2001 Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers and 6 years as full-time member of the a capella group The Flying Pickets for whose 25 th anniversary show he is currently principal arranger and artistic director. For more about Michael visit www.milversonmusic.com

Hazel Holder

Hazel trained at North Herts College, Hitchin and Mountview Theatre School, London and School of the Science of Acting. Theatre credits include: Sleeping Beauty (Young Vic); The Tempest (RSC International Tour); Carmen Jones (Old Vic); Title role in “The Belle of the Belfast City” (Orange Tree Theatre, London); Maskarade with Talawa; jazz musical Ain’t Misbehavin (Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue); National Tours with Sphinx Theatre Company in the Jean Rhys play, Voyage in the Dark and Black Mime Theatre’s devised production of Mourning Song. Other work includes several guest leads on TV and BBC radio 4 Drama and the New Writers Project at the Royal Court Theatre. Hazel is a member of the Helen Chadwick Group and is also lead vocalist with jazz/swing band Ronnie Scott’s Rejects.

Melanie Pappenheim

Melanie Pappenheim is a singer and performer. Her versatility has allowed her to explore several different genres. As a singer she has worked with leading contemporary composers, including Gavin Bryars, Graham Fitkin and Michael Nyman and has developed a particularly close working relationship with Jocelyn Pook. She is a member of the Jocelyn Pook Ensemble and has collaborated on scores for TV films and documentaries, radio, theatre and dance. Most recently she performed Jocelyn’s music for the award winning St Joan at the National Theatre. She has also worked with film and TV composers such as Murray Gold, Martin Phipps, Adrian Johnston, Dario Marianelli and Stephen Warbeck and her voice can be heard on soundtracks to Jarman’s The Garden and Edward II, Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and Kubrick’s Eyes WideShut, as well as on several episodes of Dr Who. A particular interest throughout her career has been combining music with visual art and she has devised work with leading multimedia artists and groups including DV8 Physical Theatre, Lumiere & Son, Helen Chadwick, Graeme Miller and of course The Shout, of which she was a founder member. Film appearances include The Alien, for which she perfected the art of singing backwards, and DV8’s Strange Fish, which was a winner of the Prix Italia. Melanie’s work as a composer has included music for two series for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour (David Copperfield and The Old CuriosityShop) and a sound installation for Forbury Gardens in Reading, collaborating with the composer and sound designer Giles Perring.

Giles Perring

Giles is a founder member of pioneering sonic sculpture collective Echo City , with whom he acquired his taste for the instrumentation which Orlando Gough describes as 'improbable percussion'. Away from his periodic Shout duties Giles maintains diverse interests. He is a composer with recent commissions from The Jerwood and Diamond Dance and TV music in shows like Sex and the City, Lost, and Malcolm in The Middle. He plays electric guitar in several free improvisation ensembles including Ya Basta. He makes multimedia installations and performances with digital artists John Cayley and Douglas Cape and has been exhibited in London, Oxford, Berlin, Sao Paolo and Chicago.

Louise

Louise was an original member of Mbase Jazz Band “Quite Sane“ led by Anthony Tidd on the London scene. She put together her own Band supported by the London Arts Council shortly after that, developing her joy of the experimental. Louise has worked with Andrew Missingham, MC Solar and Eric Appapoulay as an E Guitarist/Vocalist. She sang as a guest on Egyptian television with Fathy Salama’s Big Band and has made collaborations with ; Mo Delgado, Seeed Saxophonist (www.seeed.de) producing FROGG ,Egyptian Pianist Amro Salah and Ensemble Modern trombonist Uwe Dierksen as an Actress/Vocalist in his Musiktheater “Mavis“. She toured Egypt and Swaziland solo with her guitar through The British Council, and continues to work internationally in the genres of Soul, Trip, Hop, Music Theatre, Pop, Rock, Classical and the Avant garde. She has been resident in Germany since the year 2000. www.myspace.com/louisemusic

Louise Sofield

Louise started her career at the age of sixteen after leaving the Italia Conti School. Her involvement in musical theatre and dance has taken her all over the world. She has sung with 80’s chart toppers Doctor and the Medics and 1984 Eurovision entry Belle and the Devotions appearing on TV and in festivals and concerts. After spending a year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying Jazz, Louise joined big band 40 Feet Forward singing at most London jazz venues and recorded their cd: Counting from the Left. She appeared in jazz opera Hotel written by Caryl Churchill and Orlando Gough and now performs with her own and many other ensembles in London and around England and Europe. Louise is also involved in physical theatre and recently appeared in a production of Bluebeard directed by Emma Bernard in conjunction with the London College of Fashion at the Cochrane theatre.

Greg Wain

Greg has a B.Mus in composition and studied opera and jazz guitar at London's Trinity College winning the Archer jazz scholarship. He started his career as the singer for the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra. More recent highlights include playing the guitar in Jools Holland's band, singing with the Swingle Singers, singing in the London production of Starlight Express, and performing as a solo artist at the 2001, 02 and 03 Pori International Jazz Festivals in Finland. He recently recorded the male lead in Mike Hardy’s opera “Wipe” and has just finished working on Carol Grime’s new album Mother doing guitar and backing vocals.

Manickam Yogeswaran

Yoga is a Sri Lanka-born Tamil composer-musician. He sings in a wide range of musical contexts and is also the first ever-Tamil vocalist to sing in a major Hollywood movie. He has toured and recorded with The Shout since the 1990s and appears on such Shout recordings as Tall Stories (1999) and Deep Blue (2004). He was the first Tamil vocalist to sing in a major Hollywood film when he contributed to Jocelyn Pook’s soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999); he also sang for composer Terrence Blanchet’s soundtrack for Spike Lee’s 25th Hour (2002). Parallel with this output and work, he is a long-established member of the German world music ensemble Dissidenten. His most recent solo recording, Peace For Paradise (2005) promotes and supports the peace process in Sri Lanka. He donated its audio-visual bonus track “Life Goes On” to UNICEF to raise funds for the people whose lives were affected by the December 2004 Tsunami. Yoga’s voice has probably travelled further than any South Indian vocalist since the classical vocalist M.S. Subbulakshmi (1916-2004). Manickam Yogeswaran makes music designed to cross continents and transport minds, for dissolving boundaries and borders. www.yogeswaran.com