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. As a performer I work in church, concert and staged singing and to date I have been involved in over 100 commercial CD or film recordings.

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 as a member of the vocal ensemble Sonoro.

Larger Ensembles

I have performed and recorded with the majority of London-based choruses over the past twenty years, including the BBC Singers, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Philharmonia Voices and with the session choir London Voices, with whom I also sang in the UK premiere of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht for Birmingham Opera. I sang with Britten Sinfonia Voices at the 2019 Proms and in performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Thomas Adès, recorded as part of the ensemble’s complete Beethoven Symphony edition in 2020, the composer’s 250th anniversary year.

Opera

I have appeared with the chorus of English National Opera and Welsh National Opera a number of times as an extra chorister in operas by composers from Berlioz to Shostakovich. I have recorded over thirty operas with the chorus of Opera Rara and worked on staged productions in France, the Netherlands and China. I have sung a number of roles in operatic productions including: Colline, la Boheme; Count, The Marriage of Figaro; Wurm, Luisa Miller; Sciarrone, Tosca; Montano, Otello; Superintendent Budd, Albert Herring; and recorded the Third Apparition for ENO’s Macbeth. In 2020 I return to WNO to participate in a new production of Sicilian Vespers.