Amy a so­prano and a Scholar

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

IT is hard to think Lon­don-based so­prano Amy Ha­worth has much free time in her sched­ule.

The Cam­bridge Univer­sity grad­u­ate works as a char­tered ac­coun­tant for Deloitte LLP when she is not tour­ing with Bri­tish Re­nais­sance vo­cal mu­sic en­sem­ble The Tal­lis Schol­ars.

In fact, her time man­age­ment skills were tested im­me­di­ately when an in­vi­ta­tion to fill in as a last-minute re­place­ment for a Tal­lis Schol­ars con­cert in 2005 came the same week­end she started back at her of­fice job af­ter a two-year hia­tus to con­cen­trate on her singing.

“I hadn’t ex­pected to be trav­el­ling as much as I am when I asked for my job back, but I’m very lucky that they’re very good about it,” Ha­worth said.

“I also hap­pened to move into my new flat the same week­end as my first Tal­lis Schol­ars con­cert as well.”

Ha­worth be­gan singing in the church choir when she was four, a nat­u­ral de­vel­op­ment since her dad was the vicar and her mum the choir con­duc­tor, and she con­tin­ued from there.

“I’d al­ways done a lit­tle bit of re­nais­sance mu­sic while grow­ing up and when I went to univer­sity, the di­rec­tor of mu­sic did a lot of re­nais­sance mu­sic,” she said.

“It was very much his thing, so that’s how I got into it even more.”

Ha­worth will tour Aus­tralia with The Tal­lis Schol­ars in Novem­ber, where a Perth per­for­mance at St Mary’s Cathe­dral will fea­ture col­lab­o­rat­ing with mem­bers of the Perth Cham­ber Choir for Spem in Alium.

It will be her fourth trip to Aus­tralia, sec­ond with The Tal­lis Schol­ars and first to Perth, where she is look­ing for­ward to pre­sent­ing an­other Thomas Tal­lis piece Suscipe quaeso and Nico Muhly’s Recor­dare, domine (La­men­ta­tions).

“There is a mo­ment in ev­ery sin­gle con­cert where I think ‘That’s amaz­ing’ and that was some­thing I hadn’t al­ways had be­fore do­ing my other singing.”

The Tal­lis Schol­ars per­form­ing in St Paul’s Cathe­dral.

So­prano Amy Ha­worth.

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