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Name: Anna C Kasket
Skills: Accompanist, Arranger, Conductor, Publisher, Singer, Teacher, Typesetter (Music typesetting using Finale 2000)
Phone: +44 1223 840168
Address: 8 Grantchester Road, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 2LH, United Kingdom
Links: Website     E-mail
Anna Kasket was educated at the North London Collegiate School. She went on to Lincoln College, Oxford, where she was awarded a top First Class degree in English Language and Literature. She took piano, organ, oboe and harmony at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and harpsichord lessons with Robert Woolley. She studied ballet and European traditional dance as a pupil of the Stella Mann School of Dancing, also in London.

After Oxford, Anna was awarded a De Lancey Scholarship by Trinity College, Cambridge, for postgraduate research in English and Continental music and theatre of the 17th century. Her research extended to Jesuit college music-theatre; Roman Catholic poetry of apotheosis; obscure and forgotten music-dramas of the London stage; and musical 'dialogues' of the seventeenth century, amongst other literary, philosophical, visual and musical phenomena

While at Oxford University, Anna acted for OUDS (the Oxford University Dramatic Society), and directed Christopher Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage, at the Oxford Union. She sang in Lincoln College Chapel Choir; and took part in chamber music sessions as a pianist, as well as giving a solo piano recital. At Cambridge University, Anna choreographed Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at Peterhouse Theatre, Handel's Acis and Galatea- at the ADC Theatre, and Gluck's Orfeo - at the Arts Theatre. She directed Holst's Savitri -and performed in The Soldier's Tale (dancing The Princess) for Cambridge University Opera Society (CUOS).- Other performances include Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial By Jury for St. Catharine's College, and a solo vocal recital. Anna was a member of St. Catharine's College Chapel Choir and toured with them to the Cathedrals of France, and to Switzerland, Italy and Holland. After leaving Cambridge, she sang The Sorceress in, and directed Dido and Aeneas for the National Art Collections Fund, at Longstowe Hall, Cambridgeshire; and then went on to sing and act with national companies such as Opera 80, Théâtre de Complicité and the Trestle Theatre Company, with whom she toured extensively in Britain, and performed in Sicily and Australia.

Recently, Anna Kasket has been the director of a madrigal group in Grantchester; performed in Cambridge as a viol player; and she was the permanent accompanist for the King's College School Parents' Choir until the birth of her daughter Gloria in January, 2000. Similarly on hold for a period of maternity leave is Anna's participation in concerts by the vocal group Quintessence, which she founded in 1999, primarily to sing four- five- and six-part music of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The group gave its inaugural concert at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. A 'Finale' user for many years, Anna Kasket founded Lancelot Unlimited Music Typesetting (named in memory of her black cat, Lancelot) in 1998, with an academic commission from Professor John Stevens of Cambridge University, who has written Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court and Words and Music in the Middle Ages. It is an edition of 'The Earliest English Song-Book' ~ Cambridge University Library MS. Ff.i.17 ~ and is due to be published by Oxford University Press.



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