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Elin Thomas and the Armonico Consort

FROM MEGHAN AND HARRY, VIA UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE TO BACH'S B MINOR MASS



ELIN MANAHAN THOMAS AND ARMONICO CONSORT
by Christopher Morley
What is the connection between University Challenge, the Royal Wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Paralympic Games, and the Warwick-based Armonico Consort?
The answer is, they have all featured appearances by the star soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, who appeared in a University Challenge Christmas Special, representing Clare College Cambridge (a Choral Scholarship there had enabled her to take a degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic).
I ask her if she approaches such events any differently from the way she approaches, say, the intimacy of a baroque concert.
" That's a good question," she tells me from her Sussex home, "and it might surprise you to know that I find the bigger-scale stuff easier in many ways.
"I've always felt that performing is performing, whatever the size of the audience. I tend to ima…

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