Alex Kidgell | Soprano

Alexandra Kidgell
Soprano

“…a crystalline clear sound with easy flexibility”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ABOUT

Alexandra Kidgell is an experienced oratorio and concert soloist, who has been praised for her clear, flexible voice, and her expressive performances.

 
 
 

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Southend-on-Sea, Alexandra Kidgell read music at Gonville & Caius College Cambridge.  She completed her post-graduate studies with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music, where, among other prizes, she was awarded the DipRAM for an outstanding final recital.  She was a finalist in the LBS Bach Singers’ Prize, and in the Royal Overseas League Music Competition, and was a Britten Pears Young Artist.

Alexandra has appeared as a concert and oratorio soloist throughout the UK and Europe, and enjoys performing a wide variety of repertoire.  Forthcoming appearances include Bach Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen in Christchurch Priory, Handel Israel in Egypt for East Sussex Bach Choir and Messiah in Nottingham Royal Concert Hall and De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

Recent highlights include Handel Dixit Dominus and Vivaldi Gloria in Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; Handel Messiah in Wells Cathedral, Bath Abbey; Poulenc Gloria in Chelmsford Cathedral; Durante Requiem and Pergolesi Stabat Mater in the Oxford Early Music Festival; a recording of Durante Requiem with the choir of Christ Church College, Oxford; Mozart Exultate, jubilate and Mass in C minor in Chelmsford Cathedral; Bach Mass in B minor at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with The Feinstein Ensemble; the title role in a concert performance of Rameau Naïs with Christophe Rousset in Aldeburgh; a recital of Haydn and Mozart in Lille Opera House; Bach Cantatas in Istanbul, and a recital of works by Poulenc and Copland.

Alexandra is a member of The Sixteen, with who she has appeared in concert across the globe.  She was a soloist on recent tours of Vivaldi Gloria and Bach Magnificat, and features as a soloist on several recent recordings.  She also appeared on stage at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as part of the small cast (drawn from the ranks of The Sixteen) of Thomas Tallis, a new play with music, to wide critical acclaim.

Alexandra lives in rural Sussex and is mother to two small boys.

 
 

Reviews

….soprano Alexandra Kidgell…a crystalline clear sound with easy flexibility. Her consistently pure tone and agile execution of the several taxing arias…did justice to the text, music and style.
— Bach Cantatas, Istanbul
…Alexandra Kidgell’s tone [was] rounded and emotive during her solo…
— The Sixteen, Rochester Cathedral
’Tuba mirum’, an attractive soprano aria sung limpidly by Alexandra Kidgell
— Gramophone, Durante Requiem
Alexandra Kidgell opened the concert with I wonder as I wander, her elegant soprano offering a sweet introduction to the piece.
— Bachtrack, The Sixteen, Cadogan Hall
The quartet of soloists were outstanding: Alexandra Kidgell’s clear limpid soprano perfectly judged in I Know that my Redeemer Liveth
— Bath Chronicle, Messiah
…soprano Alexandra Kidgell…projected the top line with compelling charm.
— Mozart Requiem, Bedford Choral Society
…a fine solo from Alexandra Kidgell…
…sung with moving simplicity by soloist[s] Alexandra Kidgell…
— Planet Hugill, The Sixteen, Cadogan Hall
 
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