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Zoe Brookshaw


Zoë Brookshaw


"[her] innocent, gently glowing soprano shone" (Guardian)

"limned Bach’s lines with limpid tenderness" (Telegraph)

Zoё Bookshaw (née Brown) was born in Nottingham. She began to sing in her local church choir at the age of seven and her love of singing developed during her teenage years as a member of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Zoё held a choral scholarship whilst studying Theology at Trinity College, Cambridge, and after university she completed a year on the Monteverdi Choir’s Apprenticeship Scheme.

In demand as a concert soloist specialising in baroque oratorio, Zoё has sung solos for many eminent conductors in Europe’s greatest concert halls. Solo highlights on the concert platform include Handel’s ‘Israel in Egypt’ (Cadogan Hall/Sir John Eliot Gardiner), Bach’s Advent Cantatas (The Berlin Philharmonie, Paris’ Cité de la Musique, Cadogan Hall/ Sir John Eliot Gardiner), Purcell’s ‘Fairy Queen’ (Christ Church, Spitalfields, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional/Paul McCreesh), Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’ and Handel’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ (Amsterdam Concertgebouw/Collegium Vocale), Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ (Snape Maltings/Stephen Layton), Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers’ (The Royal Albert Hall/Ben Parry), Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s ‘Magnificat’, (St John’s Cathedral, Malta/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, James Burton), Bach’s ‘Christmas Oratorio’ and Handel’s ‘Messiah’ (St John Smith Square/Solomon’s Knot, Jonathon Sells), Handel’s ‘Messiah’ (Snape Maltings/Suffolk Baroque, Edmond Fivet), Handel’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ (Milton Court/Hertfordshire Chorus), Monteverdi Madrigals (Wigmore Hall and Saffron Hall/Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo) and Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’ (St Albans/Hertfordshire Chorus), Handel’s ‘Solomon’ (King’s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury), Haydn’s ‘Nelson Mass’ (West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge/Cambridgeshire Choral Society).

Opera credits include Purcell’s ‘Fairy Queen’ under the directorship of Paul McCreesh, chorus in Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ and Weber’s  ‘Le Freyschuetz’ at L’Opéra Comique in Paris and chorus in Glück’s ‘Orphée’ at the Royal opera House. In November 2015 Zoё will be making her opera debut in Venice and with I Fagiolini singing the role of Eurydice in Monteverdi’s ‘Orfeo’.

Zoё is a highly regarded consort singer and has sung with many of England’s leading ensembles including The Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort, Tenebrae, Polyphony, The Choir of Enlightenment, Solomon’s Knot, Arcangelo and the Platinum Consort. With these groups she has made many recordings and enjoys a busy touring schedule in Europe and the US.

Zoё can be heard singing solos on many recordings, notably, ‘Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, Saint Nicolas’ (The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Stephen Layton/Hyperion), ‘In the Dark’ (Platinum Consort/Resonus Classics), ‘Mary’s Hope’ (Platinum Concsort/Resonus Classics), ‘Baltic Exchange’ (The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Stephen Layton/Hyperion), ‘The Cranmer Legacy’ (Choir of St Michael at the North Gate, The City Church of Oxford, Tom Hammond-Davies/Regent Records) and on discs soon to be released by two new leading ensembles, ‘Ora’ and ‘Arcangelo’.