Alice Halstead : Soprano

Biography

Alice was brought up in Solihull near Birmingham, England.

 

From the age of four she attended the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire where she studied singing, cello and piano.   She studied singing with Alison Chamberlain and the cello with Ed Smith.

 

She was a founder member of the Girls’ Choir at St Alphege Church, Solihull. The all girls’ choir at St. Alphege Church was set up in 2002 alongside the well established boys’ and men’s choir.  St. Alphege Choir has had a boy finalist in the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition several times over the past forty years, but Alice was the first girl from St. Alphege to reach the final and the first winner from the church.  During that year Alice made several appearances on BBC One TV Songs of Praise, featured in many national radio broadcasts and on Karl Jenkins' Christmas CD Stella Natalis.

 

At King Edward VI High School, Birmingham, she performed the soprano solos in Mahler’s 4th Symphony and at the opening of the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.  She appeared in school productions as Cinderella in Into The Woods, as Cosette in Les Miserables and as Ariel Moore in Footloose.

 

Between 2009 and 2011 she sang with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

 

From 2012 to 2016 Alice sang throughout the UK, across Europe and on several tours to America with the Choir of Clare College Cambridge under Graham Ross. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the college chapel, the choir has a very busy schedule of recording, broadcasting, and performing.  Alice studied singing with Helen Groves and reguarly sang soprano solos across a wide range of the choral repertoire, including Brahms’ Requiem at the University Church, Oxford.  Alice also sang the role of the Angel in Handel’s Jeptha.  In January 2016 Alice gave a solo performance in a moving commemoration to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, televised on BBC Two.

 

In 2015/6 as Choir Administrator she organised the choir’s tour to the Far East.  At her final concert with the choir in September 2016 she sang the Pie Jesu from Faure's Requiem in the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Concert Hall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Alice is the featured soloist on John Rutter's latest recording of his Requiem, including the sublime Pie Jesu which is played regularly on Classic FM.

 

Since September 2016 Alice has been a Choral Scholar at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London.  Alice has recently sung with many choirs and choral groups, including the Carice Singers and with the Britten Sinfonia Chorus at the Barbican in Macmillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross.