Ruth Hopkins

Award: Career Development Bursary

Year: 2016

Genre: Other/Various

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: N/A

Website: www.kantu-ensemble.co.uk

Ruth Hopkins read Music at Somerville College, Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London. Her postgraduate studies in London and Birmingham were supported by the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary and Kathleen Nixon Award. During her studies, she won the Corton-Hyde Early Music Competition and the Ambache Women Composers’ Performance Competition.She works as a soprano soloist and music director and enjoys animateur work with the charity Live Music Now.

In 2012 she founded the award-winning K'antu Ensemble, and is currently promoting their second album, Dancing & the Divine, following the success of Gusto, which has been featured on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction, BBC WM Introducing, Resonance FM's LSO Soundhub and in Early Music Today Magazine. They have also broadcast on Hatoscsatorna (Hungary), the BBC World Service and Radio 3's In Tune during a residency at the Southbank Centre. In England, venues include King’s Place, Southbank Centre, Symphony Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields, where they reached the semi-finals of the Chamber Music Competitions in 2014 and 2015.

Ruth's dedication to bringing early music to a wider audience resulted in a full scholarship to attend the Clore Leadership Scheme's 2016 Short Course and she is currently on the Arts Connect Leadership Development Programme.

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