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Born in London, Tessa Bonner began her musical career working for BBC Television as a production assistant in Music and Arts. She then obtained a music degree at Leeds University, where she started singing lessons with Honor Sheppard of the Deller Consort. After continuing her vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she became a member of various leading ensembles including the Taverner Consort, Gabrieli Consort, Kingís Consort, Tallis Scholars and New London Consort. She has appeared frequently at Londonís South Bank and Wigmore Hall, and performed extensively throughout Europe, the USA, Japan, Australia, Singapore and China. Recent performances have included Bach cantatas with the Taverner Consort in Oslo, Lucerne and Kothen, Monteverdi with the Gabrieli Consort in Venice, Oslo and York and a programme of Vespers by the Italian nun, Margarita Cozzolani in Warwick and Southampton with Musica Secreta.
Her numerous recordings include Monteverdiís 1610 Vespers, Orfeo and Il Ballo delle Ingrate with the New London Consort, Bachís St John Passion with the Taverner Consort, the Purcell Odes with the Kingís Consort, the Vivaldi Gloria and Bach Magnificat with Richard Hickox and Purcellís sacred music with Philippe Herreweghe. Most recent releases have been recordings of music by the 16th century nun composers, Lucrezia Vizzana and Margarita Cozzolani for Musica Secreta.
Written by Laurie Stras.
Last updated 21 January, 2002.
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