Nina Bennet | Soprano
Nina Bennet studied Philosophy and English at UEA, Norwich, before embarking on post-graduate study in singing and Early Music performance at the Royal College of Music, London. Whilst there, she sang in masterclasses with Sarah Walker, Emma Kirkby, Catherine Bott, Michael Chance, and Jane Manning.
On the Concert platform Nina has sung Haydn’s Creation and Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Requiem and the C Minor Mass under Jeremy Backhouse in Guildford Cathedral. She has also performed Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and Faure’s Requiem with the City of London Sinfonia, Bach’s B Minor Mass and Monteverdi’s Vespers with Charivari Agreable in St John’s Smith Square, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Peter Schreier, also in St John’s, and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently, she sang Tippett's Child of Our Time in Cadogan Hall under Ben Palmer.
Nina is becoming increasingly in demand in 20th Century and new music, performing Birtwistle's Nine Settings of Celan with Kokoro, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary group, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Sequenza at the Oxford Lieder Festival. She performed the European premiere of Sebastian Currier’s Vocalissimus, also with Kokoro, and sang in a staged performance of Birtwistle's Yan Tan Tethera at the Barbican with the Britten Sinfonia. Nina made her BBC Proms debut in 2016, performing the UK premiere of Lera Auerbach's The Infant Minstrel And His Peculiar Menagerie with the BBCSO under Edward Gardner.
Equally at home in both Jazz and Gospel, Nina performed in the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts with Big Band, and last year in Will Todd's Mass in Blue in Cadogan Hall. She also sang a set of Billie Holiday songs with the Aurora Orchestra in King's Place.
Nina is a versatile consort singer, regularly touring Europe with the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr, and in The Clerks under Edward Wickham. She performs with the BBC Singers, Britten Sinfonia Voices, London Voices and Philharmonia Voices. She is a founder member of the relaunched Amaryllis Consort which specialises in early secular music, and a founder member of the new vocal group Sonoro, conducted by Neil Ferris. Nina is a permanent chorister in the world-renowned choir of St Bride's, Fleet Street.
When Nina isn't singing, she dabbles in choral conducting and leads singing workshops for both adults and children. She is also employed in raising two children and three chickens.
"Nina Bennet's stratospherically inclined soprano made the strongest impact"
| The Guardian |