Established in 2020, Resonance features dynamic and creative artists, with a passion for sharing chamber music and exploring new avenues for live music events. Comprising John Cuthbert (Piano), Emily Penn (Oboe), Katy Thomson (Voice) and Jenny Wilkinson (Viola), these experienced performers and educators hope to navigate necessary Covid-19 restrictions to continue making music and telling stories.
John Cuthbert - Piano
John is a collaborative pianist in the widest definition of the term. As a piano accompanist he has performed in the Wigmore Hall, London with Katherine Crompton (Soprano), Fairfield Halls in Croydon, London with Edward Grint (Baritone) and the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall with Emilie Renard (Mezzo-Soprano). In 2017, he won the accompanist prize in the AESS Dame Patricia Routledge song prize in which he accompanied fellow prize-winner, Katy Thomson.
John is also an orchestral pianist having worked with the City of London Sinfonia, London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. With the latter, John has performed in Bucharest, Frankfurt and Lucerne as well as the Royal Festival Hall in London.
As well as these John has worked as a repetiteur with Co-Opera Company in a production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly, the National Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Company in productions of Mikado and Pirates of Penzance. In 2017 John became the Musical Director of Opera in Oborne with whom he has performed productions of Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach, Puccini’s La Boheme and Il Segreto di Susanna by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. In 2020 he was the repetiteur for English Touring Opera’s productions of Bach’s St John Passion and Handel’s Giulio Cesare.
Emily Penn - Oboe
Emily is a current fellowship member of Southbank Sinfonia 2020/21 where her place is kindly sponsored by the Solti Foundation. Playing oboe, oboe d’amore, or cor anglais, Emily particularly enjoys working with singers. This can involve anything from chamber music and cantatas to large-scale choral works and fully staged opera. A recent highlight was performing with Southbank Sinfonia in collaboration with members of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and the Royal Opera House Orchestra at Covent Garden, and she is looking forward to performing with British Youth Opera in 2021.
As a freelance oboist Emily enjoys working with a variety of orchestras and ensembles in London and further afield, most recently with the London Mozart Players. She also enjoys a diverse array of chamber music projects: from performances at Wigmore Hall in the premiere of two new works for ten oboes by David Bruce and John Woolrich as part of the Nicholas Daniel Oboe Day, to recording Mozart’s Gran Partita in front of the wind turbines at Delabole Wind Farm in Cornwall with members of The Orchestra for the Earth to mark Earth Overshoot Day with renewable energy firm Good Energy.
Emily completed postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with distinction and was awarded the Guildhall Oboe Prize. She was fortunate to study with Alison Teale (BBC Symphony), Gordon Hunt, Tim Rundle (Philharmonia) and Rosie Jenkins (London Symphony Orchestra) and to take part in orchestral training with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Katy Thomson - Voice
Scottish Soprano Katy Thomson, currently a Britten Pears Young Artist, began singing as a chorister at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, at the age of eight. She was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal upon graduating from the Royal College of Music (RCM) Opera Studio in September 2020, for her outstanding talent and contribution to life at the RCM.Katy was a Garsington Opera Young Artist for the 2021 season, notably stepping-in for one performance, and making her debut, as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss). She recently featured as a Young Artist for the Bitesize Proms and at the 2020 Oxford Lieder Festival.
Operatic roles at the RCM included Lia in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue and Lady Dunmow in Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement. Other recent performance highlights include: Soprano soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall; Welsh National Opera Soprano soloist with NEW Sinfonia at the North Wales International Music Festival and Soprano soloist for the Slaithewaite Philharmonic Orchestra ‘New Year Tour’ to China (January 2020).Passionate about contemporary music, Katy recently featured as the Soprano soloist for the World Premiere of Oliver Tarney‘s St. Mark Passion at the 2019 St. Endellion Easter Festival and in 2018, she was the Welsh National Opera soloist for the World Premiere performance of Rebecca Dale‘s Materna Requiem. Katy was also the soprano soloist for the World Premiere of Sir George Dyson’s Choral Symphony with the New London Orchestra and the London Chorus in St John’s Smith Square, conducted by Ronald Corp.
Jenny Wilkinson - Viola
Jenny studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, where she was taught by Yuko Inoue.
She is a freelance orchestral musician, performing with orchestras and ensembles around the country. In recent years Jenny has played particularly regularly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She also does an increasing amount of session work, recording the soundtracks for films, television programmes and computer games.
In addition to her orchestral engagements, Jenny is a keen chamber musician, with a particular interest in contemporary music. She has performed many contemporary operas, premiered new works andcollaborated with jazz, folk and pop musicians.