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Mary Seers (Soprano)

Born: England

The English soprano, Mary Seers, first studied singing whilst a Choral Exhibitioner at Girton College Cambridge, where she read Social Anthropology, and then continued her training in Rome and London.

Although best known as a Baroque singer, Mary Seers performs music from the Renaissance to the present day. She has worked with many eminent ensembles including The Sixteen (Director: Harry Christophers), Monteverdi Choir (Director: John Eliot Gardiner), Consort of Musicke, Taverner Consort (Director: Andrew Parrott), Scholars, The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips), Hilliard Ensemble, The English Concert, Cambridge Singers (Director: John Rutter) and Red Byrd. She has appeared all over the world in venues such as the Lincoln Centre New York, Sydney Opera House, Suntory Hall Tokyo and Wroclav Cathedral Poland, as well as most of the main London Halls. She has performed J.S. Bach, J. Haydn and W.A. Mozart with the City of London Sinfonia, The Hanover Band and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, as well as singing for many Choral Societies across Great Britain.

From the 20th century, Mary Seers has sung the role of the soprano Evangelist from Arvo Pärt’s Passio, a piece she has performed extensively with the Hilliard Ensemble including a Prom. She also sang the role of Madeleine in Music Theatre Wales’ production of Philip Glass’ opera The fall of the House of Usher which was highly praised by the composer. In 2002 she took part in the first performance of a piece for sixteen voices, electronics and narrators by the Portuguese composer Miguel Azguime at the Miso Music Festival in Coimbra.

Amongst her recordings are Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem with the English Chamber Orchestra, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with The Sixteen and Purcell Odes with The King’s Consort. She has broadcast on radio both in the UK and throughout Europe, and appeared in a Channel 4 documentary on the French composer Eric Satie.

Mary Seers is in increasing demand as a singing teacher, and for a number of years has been a Singing Tutor at Blackheath Conservatoire of Music and Art.

Source: Dover Choral Society Website; Bits & pieces from other sources
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2013)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Harry Christophers


Member of The Sixteen:
BWV 225-230

John Eliot Gardiner


Member of Monteverdi Choir:
BWV 232 [1st, 1985], BWV 248/1-6 [1st, 1987]

John Rutter


Member of Cambridge Singers:
V-2 (1987): Chorale

Links to other Sites

Dover Choral Society: Mary Seers


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