Biography

Cheyney performing JS Bach Cantata 96 in the Bach Vespers series with members of the City Bach Collective, 2016

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I have been working in choral singing in the UK and abroad since being a student at the Royal Academy of Music & King’s College London. The core of this work is session or contract singing – opera chorus, concert ensembles, studio recording for commercial and film music, singing in churches and at specific functions.

Consort & Chamber

I was a member of the professional choirs of St. Bartholomew-the-Great (1996-2001) & St. Margaret’s Westminster (2002-2004). I continue to sing as a freelance chorister with the major London churches.

Since 2016 I have managed the City Bach Collective, with whom I perform cantatas by Bach and his contemporaries as part of the long-running Bach Vespers series in the City of London. I have also worked with the Dunedin Consort and Ludus Baroque. I’m particularly pleased to be regular performing and recording member of the new vocal ensemble Sonoro.

Larger Ensembles

For more than ten years I have been a member of Philharmonia Voices, the professional chorus associated with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Until last year I was also a regular ad hoc bass with the BBC Singers, with whom I recorded and performed all manner of choral music. During the same period I recorded a number of commercial tracks with the session choir London Voices, with whom I also sang in the UK premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht for Birmingham Opera.

Opera

In the past five years I have appeared with the chorus of English National Opera a number of times as an extra chorister in operas by composers from Berlioz to Shostakovich. Recently I have started to work with Welsh National Opera, also as an extra chorister. I have recorded over thirty operas with the chorus of Opera Rara and worked on staged productions in France, the Netherlands and China. Recently I have begun to sing more roles in operatic productions with Colline/La Boheme and Leporello/Don Giovanni as particularly well-suited roles.