Mark is an internationally recognised Countertenor and vocal tutor with numerous recording credits including recordings with the Monteverdi Choir, the Gabrielli Consort, and the soundtrack to television series Doctor Who. Mark formed Sestina in 2011 with a core of young singers and is the group’s musical director.
Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of Gabrieli, originally the Gabrieli Consort & Players, which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. Paul is Sestina’s patron.
Co. Down soprano Fiona Flynn studied at Queen’s University, Belfast and the Royal Irish Academy of Music graduating from both with First Class Honours. She continued her studies with a Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and graduated in June 2015. Fiona has sung with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with Sir Simon Rattle for the 2015 BBC proms, as well as tutoring Kodaly Musicianship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
David Adams has performed throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe, and is a regular guest at major international festivals. He regularly appears with all the Irish orchestras and is much in demand as an ensemble player in the fields of early and contemporary music. David Adams has taught at conservatories in Freiburg, Berlin and The Hague, and at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and Trinity College Dublin, and now lectures at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Laura is an alto from Belfast, currently working in London as a freelance singer with various choirs including Polyphony Philharmonia Voices, Britten Sinfonia Voices, The Erebus Ensemble, and Chamber Choir Ireland. Solo projects include Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solenelle’ with Axminster Choral Society, Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ in The National Concert Hall, Dublin and Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ with Armagh City Choir.
Bass Brian McAlea is from Belfast and a graduate of New College, Oxford, currently undertaking a Masters in Vocal Performance at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Brian has performed as Pane and Giove in Cavalli’s ‘La Calisto’ with New Chamber Opera, Dr. P in Michael Nyman’s ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat’and Patrick Hawes’ ‘Archangel Suite’ with the Royal Philharmonic. He also sang in the Oxford Lieder Festival in the UK’s first complete performance of Schubert’s songs.
Co. Down baritone Aaron O’Hare is a founder member of Sestina and a graduate of the Masters’ programme at the Royal Northern College of Music. Aaron has performed a number of operatic roles, including Marcello in Nevill Holt Opera’s production of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’, Papageno in NI Opera’s production of ‘The Magic Flute’ and played Bogdanovitch in ‘The Merry Widow’ at the RNCM. He has also performed as chorister with amongst others the Buxton Opera Festival Chorus and the Ulster Youth Choir.
Colin is a violinist, pianist and composer from Derry. He holds a Masters in composition from York University, and works as a cameraman and editor.