Anita Reynell – Mezzo Soprano
Anita studied violin, piano and singing at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths’ College, London University. She furthered her vocal studies at the Musikhochschule in Vienna.
She gives opera, oratorio and concert performances and her roles have included Giovanna and Maddalena (Rigoletto), Annina (La Traviata), Carmen and Mercedes (Carmen), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus), Praskowia (The Merry Widow), Eros (Les Indes Galantes) and Muse/Nicklausse (Tales of Hoffmann).
Cate Field – Soprano
Catherine has a wide experience of singing various styles of music, ranging from sacred music through to dance band classics. As a trained artist and teacher she provides the artistic element to the group (heavens knows they need it!) and even knows how to tie a bow tie!
Catrin Piears-Banton – Alto
Cat has loved singing in small groups and choirs since childhood. Over the years, Cat has sung with Hereford Choral Society, Jazzmanix at Southampton University, The London Chorus led by Ronald Corp, The Hill Singers, Wimbledon, and most recently Mosaic Chamber Choir based in Woking. Cat studied music at Southampton University with Clarinet as her main instrument and then completed her Masters in Music Therapy in Cambridge in 2003. Musical improvisation is an everyday part of being a music therapist so singing such brilliant vocal arrangements with Academix is an enriching and enjoyable balance.
Jonathan Field – Tenor & Vocal Percussion
Jonathan has always enjoyed a wide range of musical styles. He plays keyboards in the function band Outer Limits, is a trained percussionist and has played for both musical theatre and orchestras. In fact, he’ll pretty much try any instrument! He plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, saxophone, ukulele and nose-flute. Singing is Jonathan’s first love however, he has sung many styles of music over the years. He loves small vocal groups, a cappella in particular, with a special interest in vocal percussion.
Neil Barton – Bass
As a boy, Neil sang mostly choral and church music, but fell in love with close harmony singing around the piano with his sisters. Keen not to peak too early, he didn’t discover barbershop until his 30’s singing with choruses in California, Reading and Guildford. After spells with Linda Glenn’s Voiceworks and Choir Remix, a chance viewing of the film “The Wedding Weekend” inspired him to found ‘From the Top’ in May 2011 and ‘Academix’ in 2014.