"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.
Sopranos Angela Hicks and Penelope Appleyard joined forces in 2018 to form Fair Oriana, a duo that mixes their passion for early music with a hint of theatre and, in certain programmes, a dash of folk, medieval and jazz influence. The two singers have a natural rapport on stage, a love of musical creativity and ornamentation, and a mutual penchant for doing things a bit differently! In 2019 they have launched their 'Trials & Triumphs of Oriana' and 'Silver Baroque' chamber programmes in concert series around the UK and in Europe, have recorded a disc of Thomas Morley's Canzonets to Two Voices and have recently featured in Early Music Today. Additionally they have commissioned and recorded new works that set Elizabeth 1’s own words to music. In the autumn of 2019 they collaborated with Opera Settecento on an historically informed performance of Handel's Aminta e Fillide, supported by the London Handel Friends, for which they have enjoyed learning the art of baroque gesture. In January 2020 they made their debut at Vienna's Konzerthaus with their folk-inspired Robin Hood programme "Thou Shallt Not Steal".
They are rapidly building a reputation as an innovative and outstanding ensemble, and are looking forward to upcoming performances at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Worcester Chathedral as part of the Three Choirs Festival. In 2020 they are planning a disc release and supporting tour which will take them on an Elizabethan-style progress, with performances in locations with connections to the Queen, be it cathedral, manor house, tavern or town square!
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.