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Sally Dunkley (Soprano)

Born: England

The English soprano, Sally Dunkley, studied at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where as one of the first few women to sing with the Clerkes of Oxenford (director David Wulstan), she established the foundations of a significant part of her subsequent activities, taking part in a series of pioneering recordings of 16th-century English music.

Sally Dunkley, soprano, has enjoyed a distinguished career as a singer, scholar, vocal teacher, and musical editor. After postgraduate studies she moved to London, working as a professional solo and consort singer. As a member of The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips) she sang more than 1,000 concerts all over the world for more than 20 years, and took part in about 35 recordings, including the Gramophone's 1987 award-winning Josquin disc. She continues to enjoy a busy international schedule with The Sixteen (of which she is a founder member), Ensemble Magnificat (Director: Philip Cave'), Gabrieli Consort ()(Director: Paul McCreesh) and Ensemble Plus Ultra.

As soloist Sally Dunkley particularly enjoys the music of J.S. Bach and Purcell, and has appeared twice with Guildford Philharmonic, given several chamber music recitals in Canterbury, and sung at the International Festival of Granada. She is also a regular guest with the women's voice ensemble Musica Secreta. In 2004 she was soloist in a programme of music by George Frideric Handel with Alexandria Choral Society (Virginia), and in January 2007 with the Folger Consort in Washington DC.

Her involvement with 16th-century vocal music as scholar and editor has run parallel with her specialisation as performer of this repertoire, which has provided unique opportunities to acquire firsthand knowledge of the music. Over the past 30 years she has made dozens of performing editions from original sources, for groups such as The Sixteen, Hilliard Ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, Vox, Magnificat and Taverner Consort; some of these are published by Stainer & Bell, Mapa Mundi, the Church Music Society and Oxenford Imprint (with which she has been closely associated).

Sally Dunkley is increasingly involved in sharing her experience, both through summer schools (as a regular faculty member with Chorworks in Washington DC, and in 2010 at Dartington with I Fagiolini), and workshops through The Sixteen as well as various Early Music Forums in the UK, and for the Company of Musicians at Sawston. In 2004 Sally was the joint winner (with Philip Cave) of the Noah Greenberg Award, through the AMS, for her work on the music of Philippe Rogier.

Source: Zoominfo Website; The Sixteen Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2013)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Harry Christophers


Member of The Sixteen:
BWV 34, BWV 50, BWV 147; BWV 225-230, BWV 232, BWV 245, BWV 248

Peter Phillips


Member of The Tallis Scholars:
V-1 (1986): Chorale

Trevor Pinnock


Member of The English Concert:
C-1 (1993/1994):
BWV 110/1

Links to other Sites

The Sixteen: Meet the singers: Sally Dunkley - Soprano
In conversation with Sally Dunkley (OUP Blog)

Sally Dunkley (Zoominfo)

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