Lester sings music written by mostly dead people with groups of mostly living people conducted by people with names. He has done so for some time and will likely keep doing so for a bit longer.

Biography (out of date – please do not use)

Countertenor Lester Lardenoye studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and sang in the Choir of St John’s College under the direction of Christopher Robinson and David Hill. After graduating, he continued his studies at the Early Music Department of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where his teachers included Rita Dams, Michael Chance and Peter Kooij. He is currently coached by Peter Nilsson.

Lester has worked with a variety of professional ensembles, including the Monteverdi Choir, the Amsterdam Baroque Choir, the Netherlands Bach Society, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Zürcher Sing-Akademie and English Voices. With the latter he has performed with conductors such as René Jacobs and Ivor Bolton at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence and Piers Maxim at the Beijing Music Festival.

He has appeared in opera and oratorio across Europe. Roles include the part of Nutrice in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Glen Wilson, Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina with Hernán Schvartzman and one of the Pastores in Monteverdi’s l’Orfeo with René Jacobs at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence. Oratorio roles include Joad in Handel’s Athalia and David in Handel’s Saul, both with Richard Egarr at the Snape Proms in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.

Recent recitals include the Festival Européen Jeunes Talents in Paris and the fringe programme of the Utrecht Early Music Festival. In the past year he performed as a soloist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion on a tour of Israel with the Academy of English Voices and the Israel Camerata, conducted by Avner Biron. Recently, he sang the alto solos in the Messe de Minuit and Te Deum by Charpentier on a European tour with the Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Ton Koopman.

Recurring engagements include Bach’s Passions, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor, Magnificat and numerous cantatas, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus and many works by other composers, including Bernstein, Buxtehude, Carissimi, Hasse, Monteverdi, Mozart, Pergolesi, Purcell, Vivaldi and Zelenka.