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Orlanda Bryars

Orlanda CroppedOrlanda is a soprano and 'cellist specialising in early and modern experimental repertoire, and director of Sonant Ensemble. She has performed at The Royal Opera House with composers Ruth Chan and Suki Mok (Piccadilly Revisited), and more recently with them in The Beijing International Film Festival. Also The Union Chapel (Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet) and at The Southbank for The Thames Festival. She sings regularly with The Addison Singers, the King-Cave project, and is studying with Jess Walker. 
She and Co-Founder of Sonant Ensemble James Cave frequently collaborate and perform together, recent concerts have included included a performance of Terry Riley's In C with Katia and Marielle Labeque at Kings Place, and The King-Cave Project at Greenbelt Festival and The Union Chapel. They also frequently premier James' compositions in projects such as The Lost Souls of Soho, a night of monologues and songs inspired by different streets in Soho and Equal Night, a concert on the Spring Equinox with art and music. 
Recently she has been performing as a cellist in the tour of Gavin Bryars' The Sinking of the Titanic, and as a soprano in the first Samuel Beckett Festival 'Happy Days' in Enniskillen, Ireland.

Orlanda is currently living in Melbourne, Australia. 


James Cave

jamescaveJames Cave (countertenor) studied English at Cambridge University, where he sang in Clare College Choir. Recent Engagements wtih Sonant Ensemble have included a collaboration with The Gavin Bryars Ensemble at Testbed1, and a performance of Terry Riley's In C with The Labeque Sisters at Kings Place. Recent solo engagements have included a song recital with pianist Nicholas Bosworth, and a performance of John Cage's Songbooks in collaboration with Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds). Forthcoming engagements include a tour of China with The 24, and the premiere of Gavin Bryars' new Beckett settings for Soprano and Alto in Enniskillen. He also sings regularly in the choir of St Giles, Cripplegate. He studies with Ashley Stafford. 
James is also increasingly in demand as a composer and arranger. Recent projects include: Bryant Park Mass (30+ performances, including Southwark Cathedral and Greenbelt), and 'Waking from Sleep' (a mixed-media event at Union Chapel). His mixed-media work, 'Shadows in the Water' based on the poetry of Thomas Traherne, will be premiered at Hereford Cathedral in October 2012. James is currently studying for a Masters in Composition and Performance at York University, supervised by Professor William Brooks.



Robert Webb

Robert Webb Baritone  Robert Webb is based in York and enjoys a busy musical career as both a violinist  and a singer. An alumnus of Cambridge and Leeds Universities and Birmingham  Conservatoire, he holds the LRSM Performance Diploma with Distinction in both  Violin and Singing. His experience as a solo performer includes many recitals on  both his instruments, concert engagements as a baritone soloist, and the violin  concertos by Mendelssohn and Bruch. He frequently performs in recital together  with his wife, pianist Helen Jones. As a choral and consort singer he has worked  with Ebor Singers, Armonico Consort, Ex Cathedra, York Minster Choir and  Lichfield Cathedral Choir, as well as Sonant Ensemble. An experienced orchestral  violinist, he trained on the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra String Training  Scheme, and now performs with many ensembles including York Guildhall  Orchestra.

 He is employed as a teacher of violin and viola, and supports primary school  singing and class music, alongside a growing private teaching practice.