Elizabeth Ambrose Soprano
Elizabeth began learning to play the piano and singing at the age of six, culminating in the award of a Master's degree in Music with excellence from PWSM (Akademia Muzyczna w Łodzi, Poland), Academy of Music in Łódź.
Upon graduating, Elizabeth worked as a professional singer touring with the Estrada Łódźka and later working in Warsaw with the Podwieczorek przy Mikrofonie, a live national and weekly radio broadcast, performing alongside a wealth of renowned Polish actors and singers.
Today, Elizabeth is a piano, singing and theory tutor for ABRSM graded music.
She is also a classical and musical performer for concerts, private functions and recitals. Elizabeth has undertaken a variety of leading roles and acted as Musical Director and Producer for a number of operatic and dramatic companies across the North West of England. In July 2000 she achieved a silver medal in LAMDA acting.
Elizabeth is currently a member of the City of Manchester Opera Company taking part in a number of concerts and theatre productions. She is also the Musical Director for Disley's Community Choir.
Margaret Ferguson Soprano
Margaret was born in Ghana, West Africa and has a Diploma in Music from the University College of Education, Winneba. After performing for many Ambassadors, High Commissioners and HRH Prince Edward, the British Council sponsored her for three years for a Professional Performance opera course at the Royal Northern College of Music. She gained a Diploma at the European Music Academy, Poland, in 1997 and her LLCM in 1999. Margaret’s solo opera roles include Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cavalleria Rusticana, Dido and Aeneas and La Traviata.
Her solo oratorio roles include Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Creation and Mozart’s Requiem. Other solo roles include African Sanctus, Feel the Spirit, Stabat Mater, The Armed Man and Child of Our Time. She has sung solo in the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, London, the Bridgewater Hall and other major venues.
Margaret sings with the City of Manchester Opera, is the Musical Director for Manchester's Gospel Choir and has performed in over 1,000 music concerts in hospitals across the UK.
Eric Cymbir Tenor
Eric began his singing career in the early 1980s when he was teaching in New Zealand. On his return to his native Edinburgh he joined two local amateur companies and remained with them until moving to Manchester in 1987.
His singing career continued with several companies in the north west both as a soloist and as a principle in productions.
Eric's main work now is with Opera Viva and City of Manchester Opera.
He is a regular soloist in their concerts and has had roles in the both companies' productions.
Eric is currently a student with Carl Penlington-Williams.
Simon Horsfield Baritone
Simon began his singing career at the age of eight as a chorister with Blackburn Cathedral Choir.
He progressed from there to the Cathedral's Youth Choir and the Durham University Choir.
Now he manages his singing career alongside his "day job" as a Partner in the national law firm, gunnercooke. As well as singing with Vocivoices, Simon appears regularly as a soloist and has taken on lead roles with the City of Manchester Opera Company.
Jonathan Ellis Accompanist
Jonathan started learning the piano at the age of three. He went to school at Wells Cathedral School, following which he went to the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester to study music.
He achieved a first class degree from both institutions, a PPRNCM diploma in solo piano studying with John Gough and a postgraduate level diploma in accompaniment and chamber music under John Wilson.
During his time at college, he won many prizes as an accompanist, including the RNCM's two major chamber music prizes and the Audience Prize at the Intercollegiate Beethoven competition.
Jonathan also performs regularly as a soloist.
Isobel Jenkins Mezzosoprano
Originally from Switzerland, Isobel first moved to Liverpool to complete her training as a GP, only to find her attention being drawn increasingly to music. She proceeded to study singing first with Sarah Helsby Hughes and latterly with Christine Cairns, and took up choral conducting with the organisation ‘Sing for Pleasure’.
As a concert soloist, Isobel has performed with many choirs and ensembles, including Manchester Bach Choir, the Cantata Choir at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Bach Collective and Flat Pack Music. Her on-stage roles have included an award-winning performance of Mad Margaret (Ruddigore), Prince Orlofsky (Fledermaus), Marcellina (The Marriage of Figaro), the Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) and the title role in Carmen.
As a choral conductor, Isobel has worked with Opera Viva Merseyside, winning the 2015 NODA best Musical Director award for the Merry Widow. She is currently Chorus Director for Preston Opera and her most recent project involves running a community 'Singing for Breathing' group for people with chronic lung conditions.
Sara Humber Mezzosoprano
Sara read music at The Queen’s College, Oxford, where she was a Choral Bursar. She then studied singing at Trinity College of Music in London and also trained on The Knack, an opera and music theatre course run by English National Opera.
Sara studied singing with Mary King and Susan McCulloch. She performed as a soloist all over the British Isles singing with (amongst others) British Youth Opera, Travelling Opera and Singcircle, a contemporary music group. Sara has sung many of the lyric mezzo roles as well as being a soloist in numerous oratorios particularly concert performances of Handel works including as Irene in Theodora.
Sara has also done many recitals including performances of Mozart Concert Arias, Mahler's Ruckert Lieder and Schumann's Frauenlieben und Leben.
Sara changed her career from music in the late 90s to become a commercial lawyer and is presently the Programme Director for 21st Century Schools MIM Building Programme for the Welsh Government.
David Cane Baritone
David began is a former choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, where he studied for a degree in Theology and Religious studies.
Recently, David has completed three years of postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he gratefully received the support of the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust. Whilst at the RNCM, David won the ‘Bessie Cronshaw / Frost Brownson Song Cycle Competition’. David is currently continuing his studies with Peter Wilson.
David performs regularly both as part of ensembles and also as a soloist. Recent concert performances as a soloist include Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bach's Magnificat. On stage David has played the roles of ‘Starveling’ in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘Bob’ in a production of The Old Maid and the Thief by Menotti, and ‘Don Alfonso’ in the RNCM’s 2016 production of Cosi fan Tutte by Mozart. More recently, David has played the roles of ‘Lord Dunmow’ in Manchester Opera Ensemble's production of Lennox Berkeley's A dinner engagement, and he created the roles of 'Hans' and 'Cobbler' in a new opera by Adam Gorb at the RNCM, Path to Heaven directed by Stefan Janski.