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William Missin (Counter-tenor)

Born: England

The English counter-tenor, William Missin, studied at New College Oxford and the Royal College of Music.

William Missin's repertoire encompasses everything from the renaissance to the contemporary. He is a regular member of groups such as Monteverdi Choir (Director: John Eliot Gardiner), The Clerks Group, Gabrieli Consort (Director: Paul McCreesh), The Sixteen (Director: Harry Christophers) and The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips) and Polyphony (Director: Stephen Layton), and he has sung as a soloist with The English Concert (Director: Trevor Pinnock), The Sixteen and The King’s Consort (Director: Robert King) as well as with choirs and orchestras throughout Britain.

William Missin performed in 2004 Purcell Odes for Le Concert d'Astrée (Director: Emmanuelle Haïm) in Paris, George Frideric Handel's Dixit Dominus for the Orlando Chamber Choir (Director: William Dawes) and J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) for Whitehall Choir both in St. John's Smith Square, and G.F. Handel's Messiah for Birmingham Bach Choir, Hereford Choral Society and Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir.

Operas have included Gluck's Orfeo (Finchcocks Festival), Vinao's Rashomon (Vocem Electric Voice Theatre), Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream (Anglia Opera), and Freyner's Syrius on Earth (Almeida Opera). Without doubt the highlight of his career has been to get his name and picture in Hello! for playing a castrato opera star in an 18th-century comedy for the RSC.

William Missin taught at Wisbech Grammar School with his wife, Jane Missin. He also led Ramsey Choral Society for four years. In 2012, he suffered a cerebral haemorrhage which left him hospital-bound for almost a year.


Source: Zoominfo Website; Bits & pieces from other sources
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2014, mARCH 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




John Eliot Gardiner


Member of Monteverdi Choir:
C-10 (1998);
BWV 63, BWV 64, BWV 121
BCP Vol 2: CD-1:
BWV 2, BWV 10, BWV 76; CD-2: BWV 21, BWV 135
BCP Vol. 4: CD-1: BWV 9, J. Kuhnau/J.S. Bach: Motet Der Gerechte kömmt um; CD-2: BWV 186, BWV 107, BWV 187
BCP Vol. 11: CD-2:
BWV 109, BWV 38, BWV 98, BWV 188
BCP Vol. 13: CD-1:
BWV 61, BWV 62, BWV 36
BCP Vol. 17: CD-1:
BWV 143, BWV 41, BWV 16, BWV 171; CD-2: BWV 153, BWV 58
BCP Vol. 18: CD-1:
BWV 65, BWV 123; CD-2: BWV 154, BWV 124, BWV 32
BCP Vol. 21: CD-2:
BWV 182, BWV 1
BWV 245 [2nd, 2003]

Links to other Sites

William Missin (Zoominfo)

Fund-raising concert to be staged for distinguished Wisbech musician who suffered brain haemorrhage (Cambs Times) [Mar 28, 2013]

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