Biography of Merry Alastair:
Born in 1978, Alastair Merry read music at Worcester College, Oxford, before taking up a place as bass lay clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford in 1999. During his two years in Christ Church choir, Alastair was involved in a number of broadcasts and recordings, as well as tours to New Zealand, Washington DC, and Finland. In July 2003, Alastair completed two years' postgraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Laura Sarti. Recent solo engagements have included Handel's Jeptha, Mozart's Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, Brahms' Deutsches Requiem and Faure's Requiem. Operatic engagements have included Bruschino Padre in Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino, Stacho in Moniusko's Verbum Nobile, Sid in Albert Herring, Tarquinius in the Rape of Lucretia, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Simon the Greek in Cavalli's La Didone, and Harasta in The Cunning Little Vixen. Most recently, Alastair toured Wales and the north of England with the Opera School Wales 2004, singing the role of the Forester/Off stage huntsman in Dvorak's Rusalka. Alastair has recently given solo recitals in the Guildhall, Holywell Music Room, Oxford, and St Mary le Bow Church, Cheapside. Alastair is also active as a professional choral singer, appearing regularly with the BBC Singers, Polyphony, the Cambridge Singers, the Netherlands Radio choir and Geoffrey Mitchell Choir (for Chandos Records). He also joined the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus for the production of Tristan and Isolde in 2003 and the chorus of Garsington Opera for the 2004 production of Cosi fan tutte.