Meet Our Team
Recordare is an exciting young professional vocal ensemble founded by conductor Harry Bradford and Sopranos Danni and Kirsty O’Neill in November 2018. We are comprised of 6-22 alumni from the Genesis Sixteen scheme, the Royal Academy of Music and former choral scholars from leading institutions such as the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Royal Holloway.
Many of our singers enjoy varied singing careers, touring with choirs such as the Tallis Scholars, The Gabrieli Consort, Tenebrae and The Sixteen, as well as being soloists and involved in operas. Although the group is conducted, the ethos behind all of the group’s music-making is that of collaboration, with members of the group encouraged to engage actively in the rehearsal process.
We are delighted to be able to bring new videos and recordings soon that you will be able to find here, on our website, Youtube and on all social media platforms, so keep a look out for that!
Previous performances have included concerts for Remembrance and Holy Week in St James' Sussex Gardens, Frank Martin Mass for Double Choir in St Margaret's Putney as well as opening the prestigious 'Spotlight Concert' as part of The Sixteen's Sound Sublime Festival. The group also appeared on Classic FM's page with a performance of a movement from the Howells Requiem for Remembrance Day 2018, commemorating 100 years since the Armistice.
The group’s versatile structure allows us to perform a wide variety of repertoire from more intimate consort performances to large-scale chamber choir works; from renaissance polyphony and early baroque all the way through to 20th and 21st century repertoire. We take pride in our ability to perform emotively through all strains of choral music and approach each style differently but with the same passion and enjoyment.
We have also been delighted to work with the Self Isolation Choir throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, creating learning tracks for their Requiem's at Home courses, other individual works and their Christmas Carol Service.
Don't hesitate and get in touch, we would love to hear from you and we hope to see you at a concert soon!
Harry Bradford - Co-Founder and Conductor
Harry Bradford is a prize-winning conductor and choral director based in London. He recently graduated, with distinction, from the Royal Academy of Music where he studied for an MMus Degree under Patrick Russill and was awarded both the Sir Thomas Armstrong prize and the prestigious DipRAM award for an outstanding final recital. He has also participated in masterclasses with Paul Brough (BBC Singers), Simon Halsey, David Hill, Neil Ferris, Mats Nilsson and Roland Börger. Alongside his commitments at the Academy, Harry was the Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar 2018-19 receiving mentoring from Harry Christophers CBE and Eamonn Dougan and the Alec Robertson Scholar at Westminster Cathedral. Alongside his work with Recordare, he holds permanent positions with the Thames Philharmonic Choir, the North Herts Guild of Singers, Stanmore Choral Society and is a member of staff for the Pimlico Musical Foundation.
Previously, Harry read music at the University of Cambridge and was a member of the choir of King’s College under the direction of the late Sir Stephen Cleobury. At King’s, Harry featured as a soloist on live BBC Radio and television broadcasts and was also Musical Director and arranger for the scholars’ close harmony group, ‘The King’s Men’. Harry remains active as a singer and has worked with Tenebrae, Mogens Dahl Kammerkor, the Hanover Band Chorus, London Choral Sinfonia, Siglo de Oro and Britten Sinfonia Voices as well as being a regular deputy in a number of London’s professional church choirs. Recent career highlights include being the youngest finalist of the International Competition for Young Conductors in Paris, working as Chorus Master at the St Endellion Easter Festival for the world premiere of Oliver Tarney's St Mark Passion and assisting Harry Christophers for the London premiere of Sir James McMillan's 5th Symphony. Harry is grateful to the Royal Academy of Music Bursary Fund, the Chizel Educational Trust, The Royal College of Organists and the Cherubim Music Trust for their support.
Kirsty O'Neill - Co-Founder and Soprano is a freelance ensemble singer and soloist, performing throughout the UK and abroad. Some of her solo performances include Mozart's Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass in Canterbury Cathedral, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Israel in Egypt in Norwich Cathedral, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria, and Faure Requiem, among others, with various Choral Societies around the country. Kirsty studied singing and oboe and the Royal College of Music Junior Department and then became a choral scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London, graduating in 2018. Here, she sang within the choir and as a soloist in 60 concerts and services per year, both at university and around the country. These include Handel’s Messiah in St George’s Bristol, Mozart Coronation Mass in St. John’s Smith Square, and Vaughn-William’s Serenade to Music in St. Martin in the Fields, to name a few. She also toured frequently with the choir, including traveling to North America and Canada, where she was the soloist in Sviridov’s ‘Sacred Love’, notably performing this in the Alberta Winspear Centre. Kirsty has also performed on the radio and for recordings, including on BBC in Tune, sung a solo with the BBC Singers on Radio 3s Afternoon Concert, had a solo on Royal Holloway Chapel Choirs’ ‘Winter Songs’ Christmas CD with Ola Gjeilo, which was number 1 in the classical charts and was a soloist on a BBC radio 3 evensong broadcast, as well as many others.
Kirsty was a member of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain for 10 years, where she featured as a soloist on their CD, ‘A Festival of Britten'.
Kirsty now studies with Veronica Veysey-Campbell (RCM) and Caitlin Hulcup (RAM).
As a choral singer, Kirsty now sings as a regular dep with professional choirs in London including Royal Hospital Chelsea, the L'Inviti Singers and at St Bartholemew the Great and recently performed and recorded with the Chamber Choir of London, Sansara, Kantos and other professional choirs around the country.
Kirsty is looking forward to touring with the Gabrieli Consort in December 2021.
Kirsty has been working closely with The Self Isolation Choir, mixing, co-ordinating, and singing for the learning tracks created by Recordare, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kirsty is an alumnus of the ‘Genesis Sixteen’ scheme and recently performed alongside the Sixteen in the premier of Macmillan's 5th Symphony in the Usher Hall.