Voice Tuition

Singers are encouraged to have voice tuition and the society is supported in this by members of the Vicar's Choral.

Craig was a chorister at Manchester Cathedral and studied piano and percussion at Chetham’s School of Music. He went on to study piano at Trinity College of Music, percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and singing at Bath Spa University.

Craig is now a successful Oratorio and recital soloist, and performs regularly around the Uk and often abroad.

He has sung with numerous choirs in London and throughout the South West. He is a member of the Choir of the English Concert, and guests regularly as soloist with the Sherborne Chamber Choir. He has sung as a lay-clerk of Bath Abbey since 2001 and continues to deputise there, and he is also a deputy of Westminster Abbey.

Having been a regular deputy with the choir of Wells Cathedral for many years, Craig was appointed Vicar Choral in the summer of 2016 and commenced his permanent duties in September of that year.

Craig teaches vocal studies both privately and at Monkton Combe School, Bath. He is also a skilled accompanist, working regularly with singers and instrumentalists.

He continues his professional vocal training under the guidance of his teacher, Rosa Mannion.

Simon Clulow studied singing at The RNCM, where he performed the role of Oberon. As a young singer, he worked in opera at The Buxton Festival, with English Bach Festival, Scottish Touring Opera and City of Birmingham Touring Opera among others.

As a concert soloist, he has performed in all the major baroque oratorios, passions and appropriate classical liturgical works across the UK and in Germany. He has been a Vicar Choral at Wells Cathedral since 2001, enjoying solo engagements with many local choirs. These include City of Bath Bach Choir (‘Come Ye Sons of Art’), The Somerset Singers (Messiah), Glastonbury Cantilena (Dixit Dominus/ Vivaldi Gloria), The Beaumont Singers (Mass in B Minor) and Millfield Festival Chorus (Mozart Requiem).

He has worked regularly for The Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society, including three performances of Messiah, Bach’s Lutheran Mass and The Christmas Oratorio. Walk out solos with the cathedral choir have included Haydn Nelson Mass with Dame Felicity Lott, ‘Now The Guns Have Stopped’ from ‘The Armed Man’ and Mozart Coronation Mass at Hong Kong City Hall and St James’s Palace. Other career highlights include ‘Sound The Trumpet’ with James Bowman at The Royal Holloway St. Cecilia’s Day Concert and Purcell solos at The York Early Music Festival.

9th December 2017 at 7pm

Handel: Messiah

Soloists:

  • Amy Carson (soprano)
  • Louise Innes (mezzo soprano)
  • Paul Phoenix (tenor)
  • Craig Bissex (bass)

and Music For Awhile Orchestra (on period instruments)

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