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Deborah Roberts
graduated from Nottingham University with an MA in editing and performing renaissance and baroque music.

The renaissance and early baroque periods have remained her greatest passion to this day. As a long term member of The Tallis Scholars, Deborah performed with them in over 1200 concerts around the world. She was also privileged to take part in countless recordings of rare and beautiful music, gaining a deep insight into the workings and magic of renaissance polyphony. She also sang with many other early music ensembles and professional choirs and as a soloist, encountering so many wonderful and inspiring musicians along the way.

Undoubtedly, co founding and directing (with Clare Norburn) Brighton Early Music Festival, is a major driving focus of her life. Starting as a collection of just six concerts in 2002, it is now the second largest festival of its kind in the UK, and securely on the international map as a major world-wide cultural event. It has set new standards in imaginative programming, breaking down traditional barriers and restoring the living spirit and context of music and related arts.

For the festival’s 10th anniversary year, in 2012, Deborah edited the music for and directed a performance of the 1589 Florentine Intermedi – substituting the original elaborate stage machinery with aerial dancers suspended from the tallest nave in Europe!

Deborah has always been fascinated by research and the discovery of new repertoire and performance styles and contexts. She founded Musica Secreta, an ensemble of female voices and continuo, to research and perform a rapidly expanding repertoire of music which has helped re-establish the role of women as performers, interpreters and composers of music from the 16th and 17th centuries. In this she has been supported and helped by the generosity of leading academics, and in particular by Professor Laurie Stras of Southampton University, who joined her as a director of Musica Secreta, and whose discoveries have opened even more doors into a mysterious but beautiful world.

Deborah turned to choral directing sixteen years ago and is now actively involved both with her regular choirs, BREMF Consort of Voices and Celestial Sirens, and also as a visiting tutor on many summer schools and courses including The Tallis Scholars Summer Schools. When she can find the time she enjoys running, walking, sea swimming, scuba diving and spending as much time in Italy as possible.

Although she mostly lives on the Hove seafront with her GP partner Maurice, they also own a house in beautiful Triora from which many early music courses are run.

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