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Professionally trained Mezzo Soprano. Final year student (BMus) at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Layclerk at Birmingham Cathedral.
Singer (mezzo soprano)
Birmingham

Hope Pugh is a 22 Year old Classical and Operatic Mezzo-Soprano based in Birmingham, UK: currently studying BMus (Hons) in Vocal Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, under the tutelage of the esteemed Amanda Roocroft. Hope Pugh began her musical interest at Hereford Cathedral School. She now holds a scholarship at the Conservatoire and is currently in her fourth and final year. From a young age she was involved with many choirs in Herefordshire such as: Hereford Choral Society, Hereford Cathedral Voluntary Choir, Hereford Gilbert and Sullivan Society and held an Alto Choral Scholarship at Holy Trinity Church, Hereford. Hope was the first female Alto Choral Scholar at Worcester Cathedral in 2019/20 and now holds an Alto Scholarship at St. Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham and is a Lay-clerk at St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham. ​ Hope is also an alumni member of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Allowing her to work on more contemporary pieces and premiere new music. Hope has performed at many wonderful places with the choir. For example: Royal Albert Hall, Snape Maltings. She is also a member of the Rodolfus Choir in which Hope has taken part in a concert in Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonic Orchestra and voices. As well as live performances Hope has been involved with many CD recordings with these choirs, most recently: 'My soul, there is a country' - (NYCGB 2019) ​ Whilst studying for her Bachelors degree at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire she has performed as a soloist in concerts and as part of the Conservatoires flagship Chamber Choir. With the Chamber Choir Hope has participated at places such as at Symphony Hall with Thomas Trotter, she performed with them a new cantata written for the choir by Liz Johnson entitled 'Gentle Flame' (2019). ​ Hope has also featured on television and radio: She was in the winning choir of BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year 2015, BBC Radio Recording of John Rutter's Requiem (2019). As well as this Hope has appeared on international television on filmed parts of 'Canta Al Mar' Festival in Spain (2017). Where she won an award for 'Best Soloist' of the competition as a whole over all the countries that participated. Hope was also a finalist in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's Winifred Micklam Prize for First Year Students. She was the only vocalist to reach the final. Hope’s true passion is most certainly opera, having performed most recently the role of Sesto in Royal Birmingham Conservatoire'S Handel Giulio Cesare. Other roles she successfully gained are: Arsamene, Serse and Boy Three, Die Zauberflöte (2020), Masque Quartet, The Enchanted Island (2019), Amore, L'incoronazione di Poppea (2019). Her upcoming roles include: Bianca, The Rape of Lucretia and La Suora Infermeira, Suor Angelica (November 2021). Alongside this Hope undertakes many chorus roles. Hope has a keen interest in early music. Having recently been a soloist and chorus member in the specialist early music concert 'Continental Masters of Sacred Baroque Music' in Liverpool Cathedral. She has also performed at the Abingdon Summer Course for Solo Singers (2019) where she took part in a masterclass with Catherine Wyn-Rogers where she looked at a selection of early music repertoire. ​

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Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, Jazz, Pop, Acoustic, German music, French music, Italian music, Latin
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Church service, Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Actor, Singing teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Oratorio -
Bach – St. Johns Passion
Bach - Passion
Bach – St. Matthew Passion
Berlioz – The Damnation of Faust
Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
Britten - Rejoice in the lamb
Bruckner – Te Deum
Dvorak - Mass in D
Elgar – The Light of Life
Elgar – The Kingdom
Elgar - The Dream of Gerontious
Faure – Requiem
Handel – Messiah
Handel – Alexanders Feast
Handel – Israel in Egypt
Haydn - The Creation
Jenkins – The Armed Man
Lloyd-Webber - Requiem
Mendelsohn – Elijah
Mahler - Symphony No.8 in E flat
Mozart – Requiem
Mozart – C Minor Mass
Orff – Carmina Burana
Poulenc - Stabat Mater
Rutter - Requiem
Stainer – The Crucifixion
Strauss - Die Fledermaus
Tippet – A Child of Our Time
Vaughan Williams - Sea Symphony
Vaughan Williams - Dona Nobis Pacem
Verdi – Requiem
Vivaldi - Gloria
Walton - Belshazzars Feast
Willcocks – Lux Perpetua
Opera -
L'incoronazione di Poppea , Monteverdi – Principle Role: Amore
​Eugene Onegin , Tchaikovsky: Chorus
​Enchanted Island, Jeremy Sams – Principle Role: Masque Quartet, Chorus
​Serse, Handel - Principle Role: Arsamene
​The Magic Flute, Mozart - Principle Role: Spirit 3
​Giulio Cesare, Handel - Principle Role: Sesto
​Acis and Galatea, Handel - Chorus
​The Rape of Lucretia, Britten - Principle Role: Bianca
Suor Angelica, Puccini - Principle Role: La Suora Infermiera
Art song and Lieder -

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Kathryn E, 3 months ago

It was a pleasure to work with the vocalist Hope Pugh on numerous recording projects of mine. She brought such a positive hard working attitude to the studio and was very flexible within her performance and time. Her training as a professional vocalist was clearly apparent and produced an amazing vocal performance for my composition with electronics. It is rare to find a vocalist so comfortable enthusiastic and flexible in working with non-traditional music and audio in a studio environment. I was very happy with my recording of Hope and was impressed with her rich vocal tone and wide vocal range. I would definitely consider working with Hope on future recordings!

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Dylan M, 5 months ago

Hope is one of the most hardworking and professional musicians I have ever had the pleasure of working with! Her experience as a choral singer as well as her operatic training at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire make her a prime candidate for Mezzo-Soprano and Alto soloist roles. Hope was involved as an Alto for my concert at Liverpool Cathedral in August 2021, with her tone and knowledge of the music bringing the part to life! I have loved working with Hope so much that we are now working on future Early Music projects together and I am looking forward to our next performance! Couldn’t recommend her more highly!