Natalie has been described as a higher dramatic mezzo, with a ‘beautiful top range’, a ‘pure sound’, and a voice with many colours. She performs a wide compass of repertoire, from ornamented Early Music, Baroque and Classical opera, to works of contemporary composers.
On 9th November 2019 (2:30 pm, St. Mary’s Church, Wirksworth) Natalie will premiere two song cycles by composer Richard Norris (following the world premiere of Richard’s Endlessly Rocking’ in 2005).
The first cycle sets four of Charlotte Turner Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets, and was written for Natalie while she was at Keele University. Smith is a pioneer of feminist Gothic literature. The second was finished only this year, and paints musical landscapes to words by Christina Rossetti, John Clare and William Shakespeare. The recital will also include the lovely music of British composer Betty Roe, in ‘These Growing Years’ (poetry by Diana Carroll).
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Natalie studied Music with Japanese at Keele University, then after graduation, worked in music therapy at Stoke-on-Trent College. She attended the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to work with singing in greater depth. Natalie has studied vocally with Louise Crane, Nicholas Powell, Andrew King, Hogan-Taylor, Sue Hallam, Sue MacAllister and Steven C. Harper. Natalie has also studied conducting at Keele University and with David Windsor, violin with Sylvia Buckley, piano with Rahna and David Windsor, spiritual healing and aspects of the voice with tenor and spiritual healer Paul Lambillion, and brings this energy into her work as a singer, having conducted several choirs including Cheadle and District Choral Society, Winster Community Choir and Allsorts Community Choir.
Natalie has performed throughout the UK and Europe, as soloist and chorus member. She performs with the Richard Roddis Singers and The Derwent Singers.
Operatically, Natalie has performed with Keele Opera (Dido), Opera Ingestre (Belinda), and Corda (Galatea), in addition to chorus work at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Opera and Civit Hills Opera.
Natalie has also performed as soloist with members of The Bach Players and The Six, (directed by Nicolette Moonen and Richard Roddis); London Concert Orchestra, London Lawyers LLB Orchestra and Choir, and the Manchester Camerata; the Liebeck Quartet; Keele Bach Choir, the Barbara Walton Singers and the 18th Century Sinfonia (directed by David Burrowes).
“Natalie’s clear and tuneful soprano shone brightly.” Chris Ramsden, 2011
“Young Natalie Windsor showed off her warm, unusual soprano voice most tellingly in the role of Dido, and also demonstrated a natural acting ability which she would do well to cultivate. We could have a budding operatic star here.” Eric Snape, 2005