Ruth Massey

Mezzo-Soprano
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Born in Nottinghamshire, Ruth Massey was educated at Worksop College and Cambridge University, where she held a Choral Scholarship at Clare College. Alongside a busy solo schedule, she performs with many of the UK's foremost consorts, from medieval and renaissance specialists The Clerks and Alamire to the highly acclaimed contemporary music ensemble EXAUDI.

Concert performances in London include Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (Solemn Vespers) at The Barbican (The Sixteen/Harry Christophers), Rachmaninov Vespers at Cadogan Hall (Retrospect Ensemble/Matthew Halls), Buxtehude's seven-cantata cycle Membra Jesu Nostri at Kings Place (The Sixteen/Harry Christophers), Brahms Neue Liebeslieder-Walze at the Wigmore Hall (King's Consort/Robert King), Britten Ceremony of Carols in the City of London Festival (Tenebrae/Nigel Short), Haydn Creation at the BBC Proms 2009 (Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh), and Bach Cantata BWV132 at Bart's Hospital as part of the City of London Sinfonia's 2010 Winter Festival. Further afield in the UK, highlights include an acclaimed performance in 2009 of Bach Cantatas BWV9 and BWV146 at the Edinburgh Festival, again with Christophers.

Much of Ruth's work takes her to the Continent, with recent performances including Haydn Harmoniemesse at the Festival de Musique de La Chaise Dieu, France (Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh), Handel Dixit Dominus at Santa Maria di Montesanto, Rome, Italy (the church where this majestic piece was first performed in 1707) (Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh), and Ockeghem Missa Prolationum in the Amsterdam Conzertgebouw, The Netherlands (The Clerks/Edward Wickham).

As the latest additions to Ruth's wide and varied discography, 2008-9 saw the release of Handel Dixit Dominus with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen (Coro, 2009), Mozart Solemn Vespers with The Sixteen (Coro, 2008), and a world premiere recording of Handel Parnasso in Festa (Hyperion, 2008) with The King's Consort (Matthew Halls). She can also be heard on many award-winning recordings as a member of various groups, including Polyphony and EXAUDI.

Future engagements include Arvo Part Stabat Mater at the Wigmore with EXAUDI and Endymion, performances of Mendelssohn Elijah in Guildford Cathedral and Eton College Chapel, and Dream of Gerontius in London.