EX CATHEDRA | Sidharth Imanol - tenor

From our ‘Summer Music by Candlelight’ programme, June 2018

Sid began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, but after switching focus from singing to piano at school, took up an organ scholarship at Christ’s College in Cambridge. After four years studying psychology at university, Sid has recently made a return to singing, and is working as a freelance musician in and around London. This has included singing evensong every week with the professional choir at St Sepulchre’s-without-Newgate (The Musician’s Church) and performing regularly with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Voices, the professional chorus of the Philharmonia Orchestra. This past year he has been a member of Genesis 16, The Sixteen’s free young artist’s scheme run by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan, and has recently been accepted onto the St Martin-in-the-Fields Fellowship programme.

1. How long have you been a member of Ex Cathedra and why did you join?

I have been an Ex Cathedra scholar for just over 7 months now, which makes me a baby in comparison to some of the more experienced members. I found out about the scholarship just as I was in the middle of my finals at university and having heard a lot of good things about the group decided to apply. As we now come to the end of this academic year I am so glad that I did. I have experienced so much new music and performed in wonderful venues across the country. The Ex Cathedra members are a wonderful bunch and very welcoming which I feel is just as important as the great music they make together.

2. What does a typical day look like for you?

Every day is different for me which is one of the perks (and sometimes pains) of being a musician. On Sundays mornings I run a church choir in London which is a chance to keep up my organ skills and on Tuesday evenings I sing evensong at St Sepulchre’s in Holborn as one of the choral scholars there. Aside from that, I am involved in several project based choirs so most afternoons/evenings will be taken up by a rehearsal, service or concert.

3. If you could choose to perform again any piece you have performed before with Ex Cathedra, what would it be, and & why?

Stars by Ēriks Ešenvalds was new to me when I sang it for the Christmas Music by Candlelight concerts and I found it very atmospheric. I was also chuffed to have been given the part of wineglass number 6 when I last sang it, so I’m thrilled to know that we’re singing it again in the Summer Music by Candlelight concerts, and am hoping to reprise my role as a wine glass virtuoso! Over Easter it was great fun to sing the Bach St Matthew Passion in Birmingham Symphony Hall with period instruments and a fantastic array of soloists.

4. What’s your musical “guilty secret”?

I have impeccable music taste but I guess the closest thing to guilty would be singer-songwriter, producer and self-styled actor Akon, famous for singles such as ‘Smack That’ and ‘Right Now (Na Na Na)’.