Dorchester Choral Society

Hugh Hetherington: Baritone - Evangelist (Narrator)

Hugh Hetherington is the Decani Tenor at Salisbury Cathedral. He was the winner of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera Singer’s Award, and has appeared with English National Opera, the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Scottish Opera, Opera North and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

He was educated at St John’s College Cambridge and studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music. During a career in opera and on the concert platform, he has sung the full range of Western music, both sacred and secular, from madrigals with the Consort of Musicke to Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass. Concerts include Schnittke 4th Symphony at CBSO and Britten Owen Wingrave with Oliver Knussen at Aldeburgh, Weill Der Kuhhandel for Radio 3, Tippett A Child of Our Time in England and Norway, Evangelist in Bach St Matthew and St John Passions in Britain and abroad, Rossini Stabat Mater, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, The Kingdom and King Olaf, Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Les Illuminations, War Requiem, St Nicolas, Leighton Crucifixus,  Mozart Requiem, Bruckner Te Deum,  Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Missa Solemnis, Verdi Requiem, and Britten Canticles with David Halls, Nicholas Walker  and James Bowman.

Hugh has been a regular friend and soloist with Dorchester Choral Society, with a particularly notable performance in Carmina Burana.


Lily Barrett: Soprano - Angel

      Lily has been involved in music for much of her life, playing both the clarinet and taking singing lessons with Jon Valender.

      She performed as young Fiona in the West End tour of Shred and earlier this year she sang alongside young professional singers with Cameratina Opera which is directed by Roderick Williams.

       In 2024 she will sing with Destination Opera at their production in Sherborne Abbey.

       As well as taking various leading roles in local youth theatre productions, she also performs with the Thomas Hardye Singers.

       Lily is currently studying for her A levels at Thomas Hardye Sixth Form and she hopes to pursue a career in performing arts.




Stefan Oakes: Bass - Herod

Stefan is a young bass-baritone, pursuing a career in singing. Having grown up in Dorchester, he attended The Thomas Hardye School and discovered his singing voice during Sixth Form.

As a previous choral scholar of Dorchester Choral Society, he performed the role of Pilate in St. John Passion, the baritone solos in Derek Bourgeois’ Jabberwocky and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem.

Stefan is grateful to DCS Director of Music Colin Howard for his mentorship when learning these roles.

Stefan is studying the voice avidly through self-tuition, and is particularly inspired by the likes of Cesare Siepi and George London.

He is eager to share his enthusiasm for the voice through his solo performance in Schütz’s Christmas Story.


From the choir:

Angels                       Kate Beatt, Karen Bidwell, Heidi Jarrett, Perilla Kinchin

Shepherds                  Charlie Bradford, Emily James, Maya Pieris

Wise Men                  Charlie Bradford, John Burn, James Graham

High Priests               Graeme Caldwell, Bill Evans, Kevin Rogers, Giles Watts

Photos From Our Previous Performances