Sally Bruce-Payne was born in London, living first in the cloisters of Westminster Abbey, where her father was assistant organist. She began her musical studies as a cellist but after graduating from Bristol University she switched to singing as a post graduate at the Royal College of music. Soon after she began a solo career whilst singing as a member of The Sixteen and Monteverdi choir. She rapidly began a world wide solo career working with some of the leading conductors, orchestras and choirs in the world.
As a concert artist she has appeared as soloist in many of the major concert halls in the world. Her numerous concert engagements have included Bach's B Minor Mass in Japan and Korea with the English Baroque Soloists/ Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bach's St. Mathew Passion with Phillipe Herreweghe, Handel's 'Messiah' on a European tour with The Acadamy of Ancient Music, Bach's St. John Passion in Hong Kong with Collegium Vocale/ Herreweghe, Bach's Christmas Oratorio at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with La Chapelle Royale/ Herreweghe and numerous Bach Cantatas with many of the leading Baroque specialists today. Also Durufle's Requiem in Worcester Cathedral for The Three Choirs Festival, Elgar's 'Dream of Gerontius' in the Caird Hall, Rossini's 'Petite Messe Solonelle' with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra/ Nicholas McGegan, Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' with the Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra, Prokofiev's 'Three Songs of Ophelia' with Sir Neville Marriner, Mendelssohn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' with the London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Sir Roger Norrington, Verdi's Requiem with the LPO/Sir David Willcocks in St. Paul's Cathedral.Sally has recorded a wide repertoire along with radio and television broadcasts around the world.
Sally has recorded a wide repertoire along with radio and television broadcasts around the world. She has recently released a disc of rare Handel English cantatas with The Brook Street Band (Avie) that has received wide acclaim and which she recently performed in a series of concert at
the Wigmore Hall, Bach's Pergolesi Stabat Matre ( Hyphen Press Music) with The Bach Players.
Schubert's Mass in A flat, Haydn's Theresien and Nelson Masses all with Sir John Eliot Gardiner
(Decca), Boulanger 'Du fond de l'abime with the London Symphony Orchestra/ Gardiner (Deutsche Grammophon), Joseph Michel 'Lecons de Tenebres' Le Concert Spirituel (Naxos), Bach's B Minor Mass (Signum Classics),Boulez 'Le marteau sans Maitre' at the Cheltenham Festival for Radio 3, Handel's 'Dixit Dominus' with The Sixteen/Harry Christophers also for
Radio 3, Frank Martin's 'Songs of Ariel' and Jolivet's 'Epiphalane' The Sixteen (Collins), Handel's 'Messiah' for BBC 1 television and Monteverdi's 'L'incoronazione di Poppea' in Japan for their Arts Channel.
Operatic appearances include Virtue in Handel's 'Choice of Hercules' at the Gottingen Festival (Hannover Band/ McGegan), Erisane in Handel's 'Poro' at the Halle Handel Festival (Goodwin) as well as Medoro in Handel's Orlando and Prince Edward in Arne's 'Alfred' both at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre (Christian Curnyn) Ottone in Handel's 'Agrippina' at St. John's Smith Square, the title role in Offenbach's 'Dick Whittington' at the Covent Garden Festival, Elpina in Vivaldi's La Fida Ninfa and the role of Marzia in Vivaldi's opera 'Catone in Utica' with La Serinissima in Venice, Vivaldi's 'Ottone in Villa', 'Giustino' and 'Tito Manlio' all for BBC Radio 3.
Amongst other projects Sally looks forward to performing the role of Argene in Vivaldi's 'L'Olimpiade in celebration of the Olympic year in 2012 at Buxton, amongst other festivals, with La Serinissima, further recording with the Bach Players and recording a disc of her favourite Handel Arias for Avie Records.
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