Location: New York, USA
John Bradley, Artistic Director of Polyhymnia since 1994 was born and educated in the Midwest, holding degrees from Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University and Case Western Reserve University. He also spent one post-graduate year at Mannes College of Music. He has worked in many roles in the world of historically informed performance, from directing and costuming to dance, and of course singing. He has been involved with fully staged productions of Carl Heinrich Graun's Montezuma with the Arcadia Players, Purcell's King Arthur with the Boston Early Music Festival, G.F. Handel's Alcina with Ex-Machina in Minneapolis and Handel's Dueling Sopranos with Julianne Baird and Beverly Hoch with the Philadelphia Classical Orchestra. As a singer his credits have included Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers with Artek and Bach's Saint John Passion with Artek and New Jersey Bach Festival. One of John's favorite gigs was as a baroque "chorus boy" in a tour of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with Amherst Early Music, in which he was a singer as well as a featured dancer. John has enjoyed learning from some of the greatest artists in the field of early music most recently as a student of Drew Minter. His first and last love is small ensemble singing combined with research into the synthesis of music and liturgy. He has assembled several liturgical reconstructions including masses and vespers from Pre-Reformation England, 16th Century Spain and Imperial Germany. Since 2000, John has been actively researching and creating original editions of Renaissance choral masterworks for Polyhymnia, focusing on composers Clemens non Papa and Jacob Vaet. In 2005 John's new edition of Vaet's Missa Ego flos campi was performed in Boston as a Boston Early Music Festival fringe event. He has also completed a new edition of Nicholas Gombert's Missa Quam pulchra es et quam decora as well as Gombert's lavish 12-voice Regina Caeli which was performed in New York and Boston this in June 2007. John has also edited some twenty Franco-Flemish, German and Italian motets for the ensemble. John and his partner Charles live in a 19th Century building "with a lot of potential" in Jersey City, NJ with their two over-fed cats, Moses and Abraham.