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Unique Entertainments of Words and Music

Assured and polished.
— Classic FM
‘Expect true class.’
— The Guardian


We give performances of our own intriguing and audience-friendly story-telling sequences. These are carefully crafted, using narrated texts and unaccompanied sung music of all kinds.

The Music

We use the full historical European repertoire of polyphony, part songs, street song, music-hall and traditional song, from the present right through the ages back to the seventh century chant of the Roman church, as well as commissioning our friends among contemporary composers: Judith Bingham, Sally Beamish, Gordon Crosse, Howard Skempton, Dobrinka Tabakova, Owain Park, Peter Nardone, Patrick Larley, Sasha Johnson Manning, David Bednall, Malcolm Archer, Gabriel Jackson, Diana Burrell, Cheryl Frances Hoad

The Words

Mother Julian of Norwich, e.e.cummings, Christina Rossetti, St Edmund of Abingdon, John Synge, Peter Levi, the Katha Upanishad, David Jones, Old English (Anglo-Saxon) poetry, Charlotte Mew, Oliver Rackham, Shakespeare, Dickens, Newton, Einstein, the Domesday Book, Beowulf, Ben Jonson, Fielding, Nancy Mitford, Izaak Walton, Ann Bradstreet, Philip Larkin, Robert Burns, Carol Ann Duffy, the log of HMS Victory, a variety of private diaries and personal reminiscences, Frances Cornford, William Blake, Charles Causley, Pepys, John Evelyn, George Herbert, the Dalai Lama

Seen and Heard

One of the UK's Top 10 Carol Concerts, 2017 (The Guardian), BBC Radio 3, Three Choirs Festival, Windsor Festival, Berry Bros & Rudd, St Endellion Festival, Southern Cathedrals Festival, English Heritage, Chipping Campden Music Festival, Two Moors Festival, National Trust, Kings Place


Opus Anglicanum Trust

Charity No.1083865

Patron - Dame Emma Kirkby

Stephen Tilton, chairman;
Dr Frances Hogwood, Paul Aylieff, Jennifer Slater

Opus Anglicanum is a quintet of first-rate unaccompanied male singers with narrator.
— Reviews Gate

Our Work

Our latest recording THE GREAT AND WIDE SEA includes a complete reading of Coleridge's epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with original music by Lynne Plowman.

Zeb Soanes brings the text of Coleridge’s 1798 epoch-making poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to life with terrific poise, elegance and occasional humour.
— Reviews Gate

CDs of Opus Anglicanum sequences are available at our concerts

Not many groups would do so much for new music.
— Cordon Crosse, Composer


If you want to escape the usual seasonal fare completely, you could not do better than to find in your stocking Mediaeval Carols. Opus Anglicanum - five superb male singers and a reader - presents a feast of words and music of the very highest quality.
— RSCM Magazine



JOHN BOWEN was a chorister of St Paul’s Cathedral, choral scholar Kings’ College Cambridge, studied Royal College of Music. Career in England and Europe - as soloist including Staatsoper Berlin and at La Monnaie Opera, Brussels & as ensemble singer including René Jacobs’s Baroque opera projects in Florence, Brussels, New York, London etc. Recordings for Harmonia Mundi and Hyperion.


STEPHEN BURROWS is Director of Music The Oratory School, Reading. Studied Bristol University (University Organ Scholar). Sang in choirs of St George’s Chapel, Windsor; Westminster Cathedral.  Works as ensemble singer (Tenebrae, The Orlando Consort,  New London Consort, Royal Opera House) and as soloist. Has contributed a number of special arrangements for Opus Anglicanum.

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DAVID DE WINTER was a chorister of Westminster Cathedral, and studied at Durham University and the Royal Academy of Music (Stanley Picker Trust and Leverhulme awards). He sings in Westminster Cathedral choir. Opera - Billy Budd (Glyndebourne and New York) Hugh the Drover - title role Hampstead Garden Opera. Soloist and recitalist (London English Song Festival & St James’ s Piccadilly).


ROLAND ROBERTSON was a chorister at Canterbury and Winchester Cathedrals, Organ Scholar at Wells, and a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge.  After vocal studies at the RNCM and a professional singing career in London, he developed a busy career in teaching and is now Director of Music at Prior Park College in Bath.  He directs the music for Opus Anglicanum.

JAMES BIRCHALL was a chorister at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and later studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. His career combines engagements as an oratorio soloist with ensemble singing with the UK’s top professional chamber choirs and appearances with the Royal Opera Chorus. 

ZEB SOANES is a familiar and trusted voice across the BBC. He is a Radio 4 Newsreader for those who wake up to The Today Programme and puts the nation to bed with The Shipping Forecast. He is a regular on Radio 4’s The News Quiz, reports for From Our Own Correspondent and has presented Radio 3’s Saturday Classics. Sunday Times readers voted him their favourite male voice on UK radio.  Orchestral narration includes Façade, Peter and the Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, The Snowman, Paddington and Babar the Elephant.  His first book for children Gaspard the Fox was published in May.

Assured and polished.
— Classic FM Magazine
Expect true class.
— Sara Mohr-Pietsch, The Guardian

Contact Us

For bookings, enquiries or to request a bespoke concert please complete the form below or telephone John Bowen on 07969 549374

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One of the most magical evenings I can remember.
— National Art Collection Fund