As well as being an accomplished stage performer, Elaine is also an experienced choral singer - working extensively as a soloist and as a chorister. 

Solo Oratorio Work

Elaine has considerable experience as an oratorio soloist - performing in traditional and modern choral works. 

In September 2014, Elaine performed as a soloist in the world premiere of an oratorio commissioned by Cantata Dramatica. The work - called 'Cantata Eliensis: The building of Ely Cathedral' - was commissioned as part of the international Gravity Fields festival. Elaine performed the role of Eormenhild (one of the four queens of Ely) alongside graduate soloists from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London.    

In more traditional oratorio work, Elaine was recently the alto soloist in a sold-out concert of Vivaldi's 'Gloria' at St Wulfram's Church, Grantham. She also performed at St Wulfram's as the mezzo-soprano soloist in 'The Armed Man' (K. Jenkins) with the Grantham Chorale. After the concert, Elaine then joined the Grantham Chorale in Germany as an invited soloist on their tour of 'The Armed Man' performing in such prestigious venues as Cologne Cathedral. 

Whilst studying at Hull University, Elaine also performed choral solos with the Hull University Chamber Choir and the Early Music Ensemble. 

Elaine is available for bookings for solo oratorio work, please contact her for more details.

Here is a live recording of Elaine singing 'Now the Guns Have Stopped' from K. Jenkins 'The Armed Man.' 

 

"At one point, we were treated to alternating solos, smoothly and confidently sung by...Elaine Bishop (alto). Elaine Bishop [then] sang a very moving solo for 'Now the Guns Have Stopped.'" (Grantham Journal review, 'The Armed Man' concert)

  

 

June 2014 - Photo copyright - Jana Schuberth

 

Quartet Work

Elaine is a member of two professional close harmony vocal quartets. She is the co-founder and booking manager for 'The Accidentals' (for more details please see the link - under 'weddings' - to the left) and is also a member of the 'Belvoir Carolling Quartet' who are regularly booked to sing at venues including Hambleton Hall in Rutland and Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire.

All of the above quartet work is one to a part and unaccompanied, requiring excellent sight reading and pitching ability.

 
"The performances were amazing this year. The standard has reached incredible heights... we hope that we will be welcoming you back to Belvoir Castle again next year." (Letter from the Duchess of Rutland)

 

Chorister Experience

Elaine first discovered the joys of singing Anglican church music as a member of the Hull University Chapel Choir. When she returned to Grantham, she decided that this was an area of music she wished to continue and so joined St Wulfram's Church Choir in 2008 initially as an occasional chorister.  

After Elaine started to work as a singing teacher full time however, the opportunity arose for her to join the St Wulfram's Music Team as a Music Assistant with the girls treble choir. Elaine also became a full alto member of the robed church choir at this point - regularly singing one or two services a week (and more at Christmas and Easter).  

Through her work with St Wulfram's Church Choir, Elaine has sung for services in many cathedrals and venues across the country on residential and day trips. These venues have included York Minster, Windsor Castle, Lincoln Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral. Elaine has recently returned from a four-day evensong residency at St Paul's Cathedral, London with St Wulfram's Choir.

Alongside the cathedral trips, Elaine has also had the opportunity to be recorded with the choir for Radio Lincolnshire and was involved in recording the CD 'O Magnum Mysterium' (2009) featuring the treble choir. She also sang with the choir at the world premiere of a new carol by James Whitbourn - 'The Magi's Dream' at the St Wulfram's nine lessons and carols service in December 2011. 

Since September 2012 however, performing and teaching commitments have required Elaine to step back from regular singing with St Wulfram's Choir. She now joins them on a depping basis when required and for cathedral trips but is also available for occasional work with other church and cathedral choirs. Please contact Elaine for more details. 

 

 

"A huge thank you for a very successful evensong. Everyone was impressed with the singing and the conduct of the choir." (Succentor of St Paul's Cathedral, London)