Simon Ravens, the founder of Musica Contexta, studied under David Wulstan at the University Wales, where as an undergraduate he became director of the Elizabethan Madrigal Singers. Travelling to New Zealand after graduating, Simon founded the Tudor Consort, which has ever since been regarded as the countryís leading early music choir. Aside from performing, Simon is writing a history of the falsetto voice. He completed his first round of the Scottish Munros in 2003.
Stephen Shellard, countertenor
Christopher Warwick, countertenor
Simon Lillystone, tenor
Peter North, tenor
Tony Purves, baritone
Andrew Hope, baritone, has been a member of Musica Contexta since 1998. His formative years were partly spent as a treble in the choir of Thurmaston Parish Church, Leicester, making recordings for Priory Records and BBC radio. While at University he studied under Paul Spicer, Paul McCreesh and Robert Hollingworth and founded the Renaissance ensemble Victoria Voices and Viols, recording with ASV. He is a deputy Lay Clerk at Guildford and Canterbury cathedrals.
Chris Hunter, bass, discovered Early Music at school through scratchy 1960ís recordings of the New York Pro Musica and was hooked for life. After a brief flirtation with Renaissance woodwinds while studying music at college he realised that singing would be safer for everyone. He spent a year as the bottom line of the German male voice ensemble Hofkapelle where he expanded his low bass range, his appreciation of sausages and beer, and his waistline. In the UK his vocal abilities have been appreciated by leading exponents of Early Music such as Philip Thorby, Edward Wickham, JanJost van Elburg and Robert Hollingworth. He sings regularly for professional choirs in London and has recorded on ASV for Victoria Voices and Viols. He has also made many non-Early Music recordings for such diverse groups as the Vasari Singers, Ealing Abbey Choir and the soundtrack of the feature film 'Johnny English', and often appears on BBC TV's 'Songs of Praise'.