GRSM (Hons) ARCM
Royal College of Music
Solo Soprano Work
.....inc. Weddings & Funerals
Film & TV / Video
Song Research & Programming
Tim Wilcock - Critic: Fringereview.co.uk
'Belinda Yates has a voice to die for. From first note to last, she pulls every drop of emotion and meaning from each of the songs she renders...
Richard Harris - Composer
'...we were very taken with the singer, who was superb - in particular [her rendition of] the West Side Story song ['Somewhere'] was tremendous.
Following her participation in a 'Realm of Music' concert Jon Massey wrote
'An altogether different flavour was brought to this concert by the inclusion in the line up of a hugely talented vocalist. Belinda Yates sung forcefully and with skill and accuracy.....
....and came into her own in Handel's As When the Dove Laments Her Love. It really was a privilege to listen to her'.
John Martin - Church of England News
'Belinda Yates is a wonderful soprano and she completed a marathon 18 numbers with a sure touch’
Blackmore Vale News review
'...Belinda’s beautiful voice interpreting music from Haydns Creation ...to modern day John Rutter’
David Lemmon - Churches Together 'When inspiring words are set to very beautiful music, they need to be sung by a great singer, and this is what happened at Bromley.’
Belinda studied at the Royal College of Music and since then she has combined her career working as a soloist, in recital, opera and with chamber choir. She was awarded a Young Artist Platform BBC recital and has given concerts abroad for the British Council. Belinda appears as soloist on a number of classical CDs with music ranging from Purcell to Poulenc.
Belinda's great love is the magic of direct communication with an audience in recital, and her song repertoire spans Baroque to 20th century singing. She performs regularly with the accompanist Heather Chamberlain. In addition to recital work they have performed for the global online launch of the ‘Shakespeare Collection’ and the 400th Anniversary celebration of the poet Edmund Waller. 2008 marked the 400th Anniversary year of the poet John Milton. Belinda performed songs set to his texts in the celebratory event at Kings Place, London. This has led to an ongoing collaboration with the actor Lance Pierson giving uniquely crafted performances of words and music as the trio ‘In Voice And Verse’ (www.invoiceandverse.co.uk).
As well as her own concert work she has sung with many professional choral groups including The Kings Consort, The Finzi Singers and The Monteverdi Choir. With the latter, Belinda took part in the momentous Bach Cantata project where they performed, throughout Europe, every existing Bach cantata between Christmas 1999 & Christmas 2000. In 2004 she joined The Monteverdi Choir when they undertook a 4 week Spanish Pilgrimage across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela marking their 40th anniversary (www.monteverdipilgrimage.co.uk).
Her opera experience includes a memorable production in Paris in 2003 of The Trojans by Berlioz conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. In 2004 Belinda toured the Far East with Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas and in 2007 she sang in Chabrier’s comic opera L’Etoile again in Paris. In June 2009 she performed in Bizet’s Carmen at the Opera Comique, Paris & in the Alhambra, Granada.
2011 saw Belinda performing 74 concerts around the UK with her Trio ‘In Voice and Verse’ celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible, receiving a 5 Star review at the Edinburgh Fringe. She also sang in Carmen in Luxembourg conducted by Evelino Pido, Le Freyschutz in Paris & concert tours of Spain & Germany with the LSO and Monteverdi Choir.
Belinda sang with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in the Canary Isles, and toured the USA with the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra, and from 2013 has worked on 3 choral projects in Leipzig with the Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Since forming in 2009, her trio 'In Voice and Verse' have created and performed 7 different programmes on cultural Anniversary themes including William Shakespeare & the British monarchy. With over 180 UK performances, festival venues range from London's National Gallery, Durham Cathedral and the Edinburgh Fringe.