"The sheer expressivity was profound. In the most intimate moment in the whole Mass, the Agnus Dei, one felt mezzo-soprano Kate Symonds-Joy communicating the deep pathos of the words with complete emotional nakedness." The Telegraph 2017
KATE SYMONDS-JOY graduated with a First Class music degree from Cambridge University and a DipRAM from the Royal Academy Opera Course. Concert highlights include Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Sydney Opera House, Rutter's Feel the Spirit at the Barbican, Mahler's Symphony no.2 at Cadogan Hall, Elgar's Sea Pictures with the RPO and Christopher Robinson, Handel's Messiah at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Mozart's Requiem with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and Verdi's Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall.
Kate cycled to the most northerly inhabited part of the UK to sing Judith Weir's King Harald's Saga in the Shetland Islands' Muckleflugga lighthouse and recently joined the Prison Choir Project to sing the role of Carmen with a chorus of inmates in Dartmoor and Wandsworth Prisons. Kate sings regularly as a core member of Solomon's Knot Baroque Collective, who recently appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival and Leipzig Bachfest, and this summer made debuts at both Wigmore Hall and in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.
Kate has taught the choral scholars of both St. John's Voices and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge since 2014. She appears as soloist on Giles Swayne's Stabat Mater (NAXOS), Strauss' Deutsche Motette (Delphian), Villa Lobos' Magnificat for Contraltino and Choir (Delphian), a CD of Robin's Holloway's song cycles (Delphian) and Bach's B minor mass (Sir John Eliot Gardiner/SDG).