"Bright, fresh voices and an exceptionally skillful blend"
- Brian Robins earlymusicworld.com
Fair Oriana are a London based soprano duo, known for the purity of their voices and trade-mark vocal blend. They specialise in singing historical repertoire, and perform chamber concerts with a hint of theatre.
Angela Hicks and Penelope Appleyard both have clear, agile voices and are two of the UK's leading young early music sopranos. As Fair Oriana they mix early music with a touch of the contemporary, combining historical repertoire with brand new pieces from composers that include folk and jazz influences. They have established themselves rapidly as an outstanding and innovative ensemble, with a diverse portfolio of projects and engagements. In 2019 they have launched their new Elizabethan and Baroque programmes in concert series around the UK and internationally, as well as recording a new commission, contemporary lute song Monsieur's Departure by Fraser Wilson. They have also recorded Thomas Morley's Twelve Canzonets to Two Voices, following the online success of their video of his Go Ye My Canzonets. Additionally they look forward to a collaboration with Opera Settecento on an authentically performed production of Handel's Aminta e Fillide initially for the London Handel Friends in the Autumn. For this production they are working closely with historian and researcher Brian Robins to bring historically informed performance to new audiences. In 2020 they look forward to engagements at St Martin-in-the-fields and the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester, as well as a Robin Hood themed programme at VIenna's Konzerthaus.
They offer distinctive, flexible programmes of Elizabethan or baroque repertoire, comprising solos, duets, instrumental music and spoken word. See our programmes page for more information.
Additionally both singers pursue busy solo careers and freelance with some of UK's most renowned ensembles.