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Bott, Catherine (soprano)
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Catherine Bott (soprano)

'A voice as clear accurate and mellifluous as Bott's can convince with or without instrumental assistance Bott proving herself a daring, remarkable soprano'

Catherine Bott began her career in early music, and has a worldwide reputation as an interpreter of baroque vocal music. She can be heard as soloist on more than seventy recordings: her first solo disc for Decca, in 1988, was an acclaimed recital of 17th century virtuoso Italian arias. This was followed by a collection of Mad Songs and scenas from the Restoration theatre, Sweeter than Roses, a recital of songs by Purcell, and a collection of unaccompanied troubadour songs, Sweet is the Song. Decca released The World of Catherine Bott in 2001.

Other recordings of note include Bach’s St. John Passion with Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and Orfeo, the title role in Blow’s Venus and Adonis with Philip Pickett and in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Christopher Hogwood; the role of Herodiade Figlia in Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista with Marc Minkowski (which won a Gramophone Award); Purcell’s Fairy Queen with Ton Koopman and the role of Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppaea with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

In complete contrast, she is increasingly in demand to perform later repertoire, demonstrating the combination of purity and sensuality in her singing. Recordings in this field include Fauré’s Requiem with John Eliot Gardiner, Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antartica and Nielsen’s Third Symphony with Bryden Thomson and the Royal Scottish Orchestra, Michael Torke’s Four Proverbs, Nikolai Korndorf’s Hymn III with Alexander Lazarev and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Michael Nyman's Noises, Sounds and Sweet Airs.

Recent international concert engagements include several tours of Japan, Handel arias with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in Sydney, performances and recordings with the American Bach Soloists in California, a British Council tour of South America, tours of Europe and the Middle East as soloist with the European Union Baroque Orchestra and concerts in Europe ranging from Carissimi at the Salzburg Festival to the principal soprano part in Berio’s Laborintus II with the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague. Programmes based on her solo recordings have proved very popular and she has given recitals in many European countries. In the United Kingdom, she has recently given performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Mark Elder and The London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall, The Creation at the English Haydn Festival, Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied with Neeme Järvi and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Silete venti with the National Orchestra of Wales, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Philharmonia.

Catherine Bott sang the leading role in the world premiere of Francis Grier’s Five Joyful Mysteries at King’s College, Cambridge, and gave the American premiere of his song cycle Love without Hope at the Lincoln Center, New York. She has recently given the first public performances of works by Jonathan Dove, and was the soloist in the world premiere of a new piece by Joe Duddell, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Albums
'Arne: Artaxerxes' (CDD22073)
Arne: Artaxerxes
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'Clerk: The Lion of Scotland' (CDA67007)
Clerk: The Lion of Scotland
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'Delectatio angeli' (CDA67549)
Delectatio angeli
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'Fairest Isle' (CDA67115)
Fairest Isle
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'Handel: Opera Arias' (CDS44271/3)
Handel: Opera Arias
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'Handel: The Rival Queens' (CDA66950)
Handel: The Rival Queens
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'Hark! hark! the lark' (CDA66836)
Hark! hark! the lark
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'London Pride' (CDA67457)
London Pride
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'Monckton: Songs from the shows' (CDA67654)
Monckton: Songs from the shows
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'Orpheus with his lute' (CDA67450)
Orpheus with his lute
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'The English Stage Jig' (CDA67754)
The English Stage Jig
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'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2' (HYP20)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
HYP20  2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A bad boy and a good girl  No 6 of The Quaker Girl (Monckton)
A Country Girl (Monckton)
A flaxen-headed cowboy / A flaxen-headed milkmaid  First line to The Plough boy / The Milkmaid (Shield)
A foggy day in London town (Gershwin)
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (Sherwin)
A Room in Bloomsbury (Wilson)
A Runaway Girl (Monckton)
A simple little string  No 18 of The Circus Girl (Monckton)
Admeto, Re di Tessaglia, HWV22 (Handel)
Alessandro, HWV21 (Handel)
Alfred (Arne)
All along the garden where the moonbeams glance  First line to Tony, from America, No 22 of The Quaker Girl (Monckton)
All down Piccadilly  No 20 of The Arcadians (Monckton)
All fancy sick (De Fesch)
All these dismal looks and fretting  No 4 of Five Am'rous Sighs (Dove)
Ar ne kuth ich sorghe non 'The Prisoner's Song' (Anon)
Artaxerxes (Arne)
Aure, fonti, ombre gradite (Rossane)  Act 2, Aria of Alessandro, HWV21 (Handel)
Between your sheets you soundly sleep  No 1 of Five Am'rous Sighs (Dove)
Beyond the bar of fair Manaar  First line to Pearl of sweet Ceylon, No 3 of The Cingalee (Monckton)
Big Ben Blues (Norris)
Business Girls (Dring)
Can life be a blessing? (Eccles)
Can vei la lauzeta mover (Bernart de Ventadorn)
Care-charming sleep (Johnson)
Cease your funning  Act 2 Air 37 of The Beggar's Opera (Gay/Pepusch)
Chalk Farm to Camberwell Green (Monckton)
Charming weather  No 16 of The Arcadians (Monckton)
Che tirannia d'amor! (Lisaura)  Act 2, Aria of Alessandro, HWV21 (Handel)
Come away, Hecate (Johnson)
Come, my Daphne, come away (Lawes)
Dear pretty youth (Purcell)
Dic mihi saeve puer (Clerk)
Dica il falso, dica il vero (Rossane)  Act 2, Aria of Alessandro, HWV21 (Handel)
Dry those eyes which are o'erflowing (Weldon)
Eheu! quam diris hominis (Clerk)
Fairest isle, all isles excelling  Act 5, Song of King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z628 (Purcell)
Finish! Finish, these Languours make me sick  No 2 of Five Am'rous Sighs (Dove)
Five Am'rous Sighs (Dove)
Fonti amiche, aure leggiere (Seleuce)  Act 1, Aria of Tolomeo, Re di Egitto, HWV25 (Handel)
For love ev'ry creature is formed by his nature  Movement of King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z628 (Purcell)
Four Planctus (Anon)
Full fathom five (Johnson)
Full fathom five (Smith)
Get you hence (Johnson)
Giunta vaga biltà (Landini)
Hark, hark, the lark (Chilcot)
Helas mon dueil (Dufay)
Here, a sheer hulk, lies poor Tom Bowling  First line to Tom Bowling, Song of The Oddities (Dibdin)
Honour, riches, marriage-blessing (Arne)
How blyth was I each morn to see  First line to The broom of Cowdenknowes (Anon/Bach)
I was a baby not so very long ago  First line to A simple little string, No 18 of The Circus Girl (Monckton)
I went to sea as bold as A B  First line to Yo ho, little girls, yo ho!, No 5 of A Country Girl (Monckton)
If girls and boys were asked what joys  First line to The sly cigarette, No 2 of A Runaway Girl (Monckton)
I'm a little Yorkshire lass  First line to Mary, No 7 of Our Miss Gibbs (Monckton)
In my happy childhood hours  First line to My cinnamon tree, No 12 of The Cingalee (Monckton)
Johnnie came from London town  First line to Try again, Johnnie, No 2 of A Country Girl (Monckton)
Joyful Noise (Swann)
Keep off the grass  No 22 of The Toreador (Monckton)
King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z628 (Purcell)
La sorte mia vacilla (Antigona)  Act 2, Aria of Admeto, Re di Tessaglia, HWV22 (Handel)
L'alta belleza tua (Dufay)
L'aura non sempre (Laodice)  Act 2, Aria of Siroe, Re di Persia, HWV24 (Handel)
Le greygnour bien (Matteo da Perugia)
Leo Scotiae irritatus (Clerk)
Let's go and live in the country (Bennett)
Life is a milliner's show  First line to The little grey bonnet, No 27 of The Quaker Girl (Monckton)
Liza Ann  No 16 of The Orchid (Monckton)
London Pride (Coward)
Maisie  No 18 of The Messenger Boy (Monckton)
Mary  No 7 of Our Miss Gibbs (Monckton)
Miserere mei, Deus (Clerk)
Moon, Moon, mischief-making Moon!  First line to Moonstruck, No 20 of Our Miss Gibbs (Monckton)
Moonstruck  No 20 of Our Miss Gibbs (Monckton)
My cinnamon tree  No 12 of The Cingalee (Monckton)
My heart still hovering round about you  No 3 of Five Am'rous Sighs (Dove)
Nel mondo e nell'abisso (Isacio)  Act 3 Scene 4, Aria from Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra, HWV23 (Handel)
No, più soffrir non voglio (Lisaura)  Act 1, Aria of Alessandro, HWV21 (Handel)
Non vi piacque, ingiusti dei (Emira)  Act 2, Aria of Siroe, Re di Persia, HWV24 (Handel)
O rosa bella (Bedyngham)
Odo di mesto intorno (Clerk)
Oh, when I marry my blushing bride  First line to When I marry Amelia, No 18 of The Toreador (Monckton)
Once in the window of a ham and beef shop  First line to Two little sausages, No 20 of The Girls of Gottenberg (Monckton)
Once there dwelt a little maiden  First line to The Temple Bell, No 21 of The Mousmé (Monckton)
Orpheus with his lute (Chilcot)
Orpheus with his lute (Greene)
Our Miss Gibbs (Monckton)
Over the mountain passes  First line to Under the deodar, No 11 of A Country Girl (Monckton)
Par maintes foys (Vaillant)
Pardon, goddess of the night (Chilcot)
Pearl of sweet Ceylon  No 3 of The Cingalee (Monckton)
Per quella strada (Ciconia)
Placa l'alma (Rossane/Lisaura)  Act 1, Aria of Alessandro, HWV21 (Handel)
Quando non vede la cara madre (Pulcheria)  Act 3, Aria of Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra, HWV23 (Handel)
Quest'è dunque la fede? (Alceste)  Act 2, Recitative of Admeto, Re di Tessaglia, HWV22 (Handel)
Rhyme (Walton)
Riccardo Primo, Re d'Inghilterra, HWV23 (Handel)
Rule, Britannia  Song of Alfred (Arne)
Siroe, Re di Persia, HWV24 (Handel)
Song Tune 'Fairest Isle'  Suite Movement 4 of King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z628 (Purcell)
Song Tune 'How blest are shepherds'  Suite Movement 7 of King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z628 (Purcell)
Song Tune 'Round thy coasts'  Suite Movement 9 of King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z628 (Purcell)
Sweet Thames, flow softly (MacColl)
Symphony in C major  Act 5 of King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z628 (Purcell)
Take me in a Taxi, Joe (Scott)
Take, O take those lips away (Weldon)
Take, O take those lips away (Wilson)
Tell me, dearest (Johnson)
The Arcadians (Monckton)
The Beggar's Opera (Gay/Pepusch)
The Bloody Battle at Billingsgate 'The Orange – Hit and Miss' (Anon)
The blushing rose (Anon)
The boy guessed right  No 18 of A Runaway Girl (Monckton)
The broom of Cowdenknowes (Anon/Bach)
The cats, as other creatures do (Lawes)
The Cingalee (Monckton)
The Circus Girl (Monckton)
The Girls of Gottenberg (Monckton)
The little grey bonnet  No 27 of The Quaker Girl (Monckton)
The Melancholy Nymph  Song of The What d'ye Call it? (Handel)
The Messenger Boy (Monckton)
The Mock Marriage, Z605 (Purcell/Clarke)
The Mousmé (Monckton)
The Oddities (Dibdin)
The Orchid (Monckton)
The Pleasures of Spring Gardens, Vauxhall (Boyce)
The Plough boy / The Milkmaid (Shield)
The Quaker Girl (Monckton)
The sly cigarette  No 2 of A Runaway Girl (Monckton)
The Temple Bell  No 21 of The Mousmé (Monckton)
The Toreador (Monckton)
The What d'ye Call it? (Handel)
There once was a little boy who went to school  First line to The boy guessed right, No 18 of A Runaway Girl (Monckton)
There's a girl you may have met  First line to Maisie, No 18 of The Messenger Boy (Monckton)
There's a Yorkshire town, very bleak and brown  First line to Liza Ann, No 16 of The Orchid (Monckton)
They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace (Fraser-Simson)
This lady ripe and fair (Atkins)
Ti pentirai, crudel, d'aver offeso (Elisa)  Act 3, Aria of Tolomeo, Re di Egitto, HWV25 (Handel)
To fair Fidele's grassy tomb (Arne)
Tolomeo, Re di Egitto, HWV25 (Handel)
Tom Bowling  Song of The Oddities (Dibdin)
Tony, from America  No 22 of The Quaker Girl (Monckton)
Trop est mes maris jalos (Etienne de Meaux)
Try again, Johnnie  No 2 of A Country Girl (Monckton)
Tuba sonato feralis!  First line to Leo Scotiae irritatus (Clerk)
'Twas when the seas were roaring  First line to The Melancholy Nymph, Song of The What d'ye Call it? (Handel)
'Twas within a furlong of Edinboro' town  Song of The Mock Marriage, Z605 (Purcell/Clarke)
Two little sausages  No 20 of The Girls of Gottenberg (Monckton)
Under the deodar  No 11 of A Country Girl (Monckton)
Vedrò fra poco (Alceste)  Act 2, Aria of Admeto, Re di Tessaglia, HWV22 (Handel)
Vengeance, O come inspire me!  Act 2, Aria from Alfred (Arne)
Venus, take my votive glass  No 5 of Five Am'rous Sighs (Dove)
Vergene bella (Dufay)
When a bad, bad boy like me  First line to A bad boy and a good girl, No 6 of The Quaker Girl (Monckton)
When Britain first at heaven's command  First line to Rule, Britannia, Song of Alfred (Arne)
When daisies pied and violets blue (Arne)
When daisies pied and violets blue (Leveridge)
When I marry Amelia  No 18 of The Toreador (Monckton)
When icicles hang on the wall (Arne)
When the children go to play  First line to Keep off the grass, No 22 of The Toreador (Monckton)
Where the bee sucks, there lurk I (Arne)
While London's fast asleep (Dacre)
Wimbledon Idyll (Kit and the Widow)
Yo ho, little girls, yo ho!  No 5 of A Country Girl (Monckton)
You say 'tis love  Movement of King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z628 (Purcell)
You spotted snakes (Smith)
You're taking such good care of me  First line to Charming weather, No 16 of The Arcadians (Monckton)
You've heard of me, of course  First line to All down Piccadilly, No 20 of The Arcadians (Monckton)
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