Catherine Bott

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Catherine Bott (born 11 September 1952) is a British soprano and a baroque specialist. She has also pursued a broadcasting career.

Following her studies at The King's High School For Girls, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with Arthur Reckless, she began her career as a member of the English baroque-jazz crossover group, The Swingle Singers. By 1980 she had begun appearing frequently in the New London Consort and thereafter began performing across the world in Europe, Latin America and the USSR with several other period-instrument groups.

She has recorded extensively, for example as Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music in 1994), with the choir of King's College, Cambridge conducted by Stephen Cleobury in Bach's St. John Passion, as Venus in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis with Philip Pickett, and in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea with Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She also vocalized on Trevor Jones's score for The Dark Crystal.

Bott has been used by conductors to perform and record more recent repertoire, for example with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Fauré's Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antartica, Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 with Bryden Thomson and the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra respectively. She is also in demand among contemporary composers such as Michael Nyman and Jonathan Dove.

With Lucie Skeaping, Bott has been one of two presenters of The Early Music Show on BBC Radio 3 and has also presented Radio 3's Live in Concert. In October 2013, it was announced that Bott had joined Classic FM to present a three-year project covering the entire history of classical music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Sinfonia Antarctica / Toward the Unknown Region Ralph Vaughan Williams; London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Bryden Thomson, Catherine Bott 1
1993 Elizabethan & Jacobean Consort Music Philip Pickett, New London Consort, Catherine Bott, Michael George 1
1993 Mad Songs Catherine Bott 1
1995 The Indian Queen Henry Purcell; Tessa Bonner, Catherine Bott, Rogers Covey-Crump, Peter Harvey, The Purcell Simfony, The Purcell Simfony Voices 1
1996 Sweet Is the Song: Music of the Troubadours & Trouvères Catherine Bott 1
1997 BBC Music, Volume 5, Number 6: Renaissance Love Songs Catherine Bott 1
1997 Gloria / Nulla in mundo pax sincera / Nisi Dominus / Cantatas Vivaldi; Kirkby, Bott, Nelson, Watkinson, Bowman, Preston, Hogwood 1
Temenos Sainkho Namtchylak, Shelley Hirsch & Catherine Bott 1

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