Deborah Roberts   conductor and soprano

Deborah Roberts

Deborah has directed many Lacock courses, including the Cyprus Early Music Week and a performance of her edition of the Cozzolani Vespers in the Abbey of Male, near Bruges.

Deborah Roberts graduated from Nottingham University with an MA in the editing and interpretation of Renaissance and Baroque music and thas since combined singing in various professional early music ensembles with a variety of activities including teaching, researching and conducting.

She sang for many years with the Tallis Scholars, with whom she gave over a thousand concerts and gained a deep understanding of renaissance polyphony, but she has also made solo appearances with several other noted ensembles including the Consort of Musicke, the Deller Consort, London Baroque and the English Concert, as well as several solo recordings.

Having a great interest in the Italian renaissance and early baroque, she has worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the university of Southampton, engaged in a research project into female vocal ensembles in 16th-century Italy. She founded the ensemble Musica Secreta to perform much of this rare music, and the group has now released six CDs to high critical acclaim, the most recent in September 2007. More recently she also established the amateur female voice choir Celestial Sirens both as a choir to sing with Musica Secreta, and also to perform in its own right.

She also regularly gives lectures and directs workshops and courses at various other universities, colleges and summer schools including the Tallis Scholars Summer schools in Oakham and Sydney, in addition to her regular work as director of the chamber choir Brighton Consort. She has recently been appointed as a visiting singing teacher at University College Cork, Ireland, and is working towards qualifying as a teacher of the Estill model.

With Clare Norburn she co-founded the Brighton Early Music Festival in 2002, now the second largest festival of its type in the UK. As one of its artistic directors she is very busy helping build up its programme of concerts, workshops and outreach sessions. The festival has pioneered a number of ground-breaking projects including Brighton Early Music Live, which takes young artists and early music into clubs and pubs, and is now embarking on a three-year campaign to promote singing in the region.

What little spare time she has is devoted to enjoying life in Brighton: the sea, the downs and lobsters straight from the boats!

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