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Esmond Cordingley-Poole

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About Esmond

Singer (solo and choral), composer, director and producer, based in Oxford, London, Sussex and Surrey.
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Singer, composer and director Esmond Cordingley-Poole is reading for a degree in History at The University of Oxford, where he holds a choral exhibition in the Choir of The Queen's College. Prior to coming to Oxford, he sung as a Choral Scholar at Guildford Cathedral, before focussing increasingly on solo singing, under the tuition of Penny Jenkins. He currently sings with London-based chamber choir, the Iken Scholars, and Theatron Oneiron. As a soloist, Esmond has sung for performances of Schütz’s The Seven Last Words from the Cross, in the role of Malefactor on the Right, Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music, Purcell’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day (with the Kent Sinfonia, conducted by Robert Dean), Purcell’s Welcome to all the Pleasures (for Benslow Baroque Opera), and Handel’s Messiah. Recent opera roles include Caronte and Spirito (Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo; Theatron Oneiron) and Shepherd, Huntsman and one of the three Graces (Blow’s Venus and Adonis; Benslow Baroque Opera). Esmond is the artistic director of Theatron Oneiron, an early opera and early music production company founded by current and former students of the University of Oxford. In 2016, he produced and was the artistic director for Theatron Oneiron’s production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, having previously directed Cantanti di Monteverdi, a vocal quintet specialising in secular Italian Renaissance music. He has particular interests in opera and in early music and historically informed performance. He has received coaching in Baroque gesture and historical stagecraft from Dionysios Kyropoulos and Katerina Antonenko, and sung in early music masterclasses with Michael Fields, Steven Rickards, Robert Hammersley, and Nathan Medley. Esmond is also a composer, whose work has been performed by the BBC Singers. His recent works include a dramatic scene, Orpheus in Hades; a haiku setting, Over the Wintry Forest; and a piano sonata, Portraits of a Ballet of two Puppets.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
5th Encoreversary
Traditional church music, Christmas, Baroque, Classical, Contemporary classical, Medieval music, Early music, Opera, Renaissance, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Barbershop, French music, Italian music, German music, Polish music, Russian music, Scottish music, Spanish music, Jewish music, Avant garde, Experimental, Greek music
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Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Producer, Lyricist, Actor, Fluent sight-reader, Musicologist, Composition teaching, Singing teaching, Theory teaching, Animateur, Community music worker
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Song list

“Flow my tears” (Dowland)
“O tu ch’innanzi morte” (Monteverdi, L’Orfeo)
“Benche severo” (Monteverdi, L’Orfeo)
“Io che nell’otio nacqui e d’otio vissi” (Monteverdi, Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi)
“Amici, è giunta l’ora” – “Itene tutti, a preparami il bagno” (Monteverdi, L’incoronazione di Poppea)
“Arise, ye subterranean winds” (Purcell, The Enchanted Isle)
“Then lift up your voices, those organs of Nature” (Purcell, Welcome to all the Pleasures)
“Hail! Hail! Bright Cecilia” (Purcell, Ode to St. Cecilia)
“Let these among themselves contest” (duet) (Purcell, Ode to St. Cecilia)
“Quia fecit mihi magna” (Bach, Magnificat)
“Thus saith the Lord” (Handel, Messiah)
“For behold, darkness shall cover the earth" – “The people that walked in darkness” (Handel, Messiah)
“Ho capito” (Mozart, Don Giovanni)
“La ci darem la mano” (Don Giovanni) (Mozart, Don Giovanni)
“O Isis und Osiris” (Mozart, Die Zauberflöte)
“Lord God of Abraham” (Mendelssohn, Elijah)
“Votre toast” (Bizet, Carmen)
“Au fond du temple saint” (Zurga) (Bizet, Les pêcheurs de perles)
“Konchak's Aria” (Borodin, Prince Igor)
“Der Einsame” (Richard Strauss)
“Is my team ploughing?” (Butterworth)
“Fear no more the heat o' the sun” (Finzi, Let us Garlands Bring)
“Ol’ Man River” (Kern, Showboat)
“Some enchanted evening” (Rodgers, South Pacific)
“When you’re in love” (de Paul, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers).


From customers:

Review A, 5 years ago

[B]ass Esmond Cordingley-Poole... sang the role of Caronte, the Underworld's ferryman, with some considerable menace and maturity. (Excerpt from review published in the Surrey Advertiser, 29th July 2016)

John 2, 5 years ago

It was fabulous. We were in the front row with our feet on the "stage". So much more intimate than Monteverdi Choir & EBS at the Proms last year, despite standing at the Arena rail.