Josie Ryan   soprano

Josie Ryan

Josie first came across the Lacock organisation when she turned up at a choral evensong English Weekend in Doesburg as a homesick Anglo-Saxon. Since then she has been invited to appear as a soloist at Lacock events in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, England and Italy.

Australian soprano Josie Ryan undertook her initial musical studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Since 1998, Josie has been a singing student in the Early Music Department at the Royal Conservatory, the Hague, where she studies with Marius van Altena and Rita Dams. She is now in the final year of the Masters (Second Phase) programme.

Since she arrived in Europe in 1997, Josie has been an ongoing participant in master classes and private lessons with distinguished singers and teachers including Emma Kirkby, Jill Feldman, Deborah Roberts and Diane Forlano.

Josie has performed and recorded with numerous ensembles including the Tallis Scholars, Amsterdam Baroque Choir, Collegium Vocale Ghent, Nederlandse Bachvereiniging, Cappella Amsterdam, Via Spatiosa, ACO Voices, Cantillation, and professional church vocal ensembles in London and Sydney. She is the founder/director of baroque womenís ensemble Le Donne, and the Renaissance group Divination.

Solo engagements include touring with Australian viol consort Consort Eclectus; concerts with the baroque orchestra The Consort of Twelve in Chichester; and the Medieval music drama Visitatio Sepulchrae at York Early Music Festival in the UK. Within the Netherlands, she is in increasing demand as a soloist for the Bach cantatas and passions, as well as for oratorio and other sacred works such as Monteverdiís Vespers of 1610 .

Josie first discovered Lacock courses as a homesick newcomer to Holland, when she was attracted by an advertisement for an English Weekend doing choral evensong in Doesburg. Since then she has attended several Lacock courses, including solo participation in the Vespers by Monteverdi and Cozzolani, and bringing her ensemble Divination to a Cologne English Weekend with Deborah Roberts. Among the many doors Lacock has opened for Josie are very enjoyable working relationships with Jan Joost van Elburg and Marco van der Klundert.