...is an a cappella vocal group set up to explore the wealth of music from medieval times to the present day written specifically for female voices. No props, microphones or gimmicks, just five stunning voices form Papagena. The singers are all classically trained and include amongst their number a conductor, saxophonist, composer, opera and oratorio soloists.
But the group’s programming defies pigeonholing; drawing richly on traditional folk music and women’s working songs from around the world, Papagena juxtaposes these pieces with more classical repertoire from Hildegard of Bingen and Purcell to Winnie Brückner and Imogen Heap. As well as writing their own material, Papagena commissions new arrangements and pieces from an eclectic range of composers, including recent offerings from Jim Clements and Errollyn Wallen.
The group has toured Scotland, southern England, as well as giving performances in numerous UK festivals in London, Oxford, the South West and the Midlands.
Recent news and coming up…
Papagena were delighted to be shortlisted from 450 applicants to one of just 7 acts featured on BBC Radio 3 for International Women's Day on 8th March 2018. Listen again here (31 min in). Following a successful summer tour of Cheshire, The Midlands and Dorset, Papagena returned to the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, where yet again, their "Nuns and Roses II" was hailed a highly recommended show (read the review here). Their much anticipated second album "The Darkest Midnight" will be released this autumn with a tour in November and December (check the "Concerts" page for details).
Earlier in 2018, the group bid a fond farewell to their alto, Steph Seeney who has gone on to take up the role as Head of Singing for Bromley Music Service. Birmingham based mezzo-soprano, Suzie Purkis has replaced her.
A busy 2016/17 saw the group make their debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with their popular "Nuns and Roses" programme, becoming a "highly recommended show" and being dubbed "crème de la crème in a crowded a cappella space" with a release of the album in 2017. Other appearances included performances at Christchurch Priory, All Hallows, Shropshire and Bromsgrove Music Festivals and outing for two brand new programmes featuring lutenist Lynda Sayce - "Echoes of the Holy Land" at Our Lady’s Festival “In Jesus’ Steps” and their advent themed "The Darkest Midnight" at St Mary Magdalen's, Oxford.
Please see the Concerts page for more information.