Event: Spring Concert 2018
Saturday 24th March 2018 at 7:30pm, Elliott Hall, Harrow Arts Centre, Hatch End HA5 4EA
Our Spring concert this year will comprise Mozart's Requiem - one of the acknowledged masterpieces of the entire choral repertoire - and, in the centenary year of the end of the First World War, Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Mozart’s sublime Requiem, composed in 1791, was one of his last works and remained unfinished at his death. Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem dates from 1936 when war threatened yet again and his beautiful and moving cantata, a plea for peace in anxious times, draws on the composer’s own experience of the Great War.
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The concert is dedicated to the memory of Gwen Thornley - Vice President, Secretary, patron and much-loved member of the choir for more than 50 years - who passed away in the summer of 2017.
SopranoBorn in Leeds, Julie studied Music and German at Oxford Brookes and followed this with a PGCE at Goldsmith's College, University of London and an ARCM diploma from the Royal College of Music. She studies voice and vocal pedagogy with the eminent vocal coach Janice Chapman and Dame Josephine Barstow. In 2013 Julie's move into spinto/dramatic repertoire led to an increasingly busy schedule with her debut into Wagner with Helmwige Die Walküre for Berwick Festival Opera and Leonore Fidelio for OperaHerts, after she covered the role for Dorset Opera. Her voice has been described as "burnished copper" and "What firepower..a riotous assault" (The Herald, Scotland) Julie performs extensively on the concert platform throughout the UK and has been the soprano soloist in the most of the major oratorios including Orff's Carmina Burana, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle, Mendelssohn Elijah,Mozart Requiem, Mass in C Minor and numerous performances of Verdi's Requiem. In April 2013 she was the soprano soloist for the second only UK performance of the Messa Per Rossini at St. Alban’s Abbey. Julie is a sought after vocal coach and, as well as running her own private practice, is the resident vocal coach with the London Oriana Choir. She is also choral director of the North Middlesex Townswomens' Guild Federation Choir, Northwood Choral Society and Leader of Harrow Choral Society’s Training Choir - Singing for Starters.
Mezzo SopranoA Samling Artist, Samantha Price studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and the National Opera Studio. She is a Harewood Young Artist at English National Opera, where roles have included Cherubino The Marriage of Figaro and creating Perdita in Ryan Wigglesworth’s The Winter’s Tale. Other companies with which she has appeared include Classical Opera, Opera Holland Park and Scottish Opera. Broadcasts include The Winter’s Tale (BBC Radio 3) and Shakespeare Live! (BBC TV). Her current engagements include Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, the title role in Iolanthe with English National Opera, Lucienne Die tote Stadt with the Nederlandse Reisopera, Rosina The Barber of Seville for Charles Court Opera at Iford Arts, Flora Bervoix La traviata for Longborough Festival Opera, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Bath Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Requiem with the Mozart Festival Orchestra and Vivaldi Gloria at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Samantha Price appears by permission of English National Opera.
TenorJames is a seasoned oratorio singe and has previously performed with Harrow Choral Society on more than one occasion – most recently for Handel’s Messiah last year. He has sung with choral societies in the Shetland Islands, the Isle of Mann, the Isle of Wight and Guernsey and has appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Three Choirs Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival. Some of the choirs and orchestras that James has worked with as a soloist include; Philharmonia Orchestra, BBCSSO, BBCNOW, Academy of Ancient Music, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and London Handel Players. James’ extensive musical training has included Magdalan College, Oxford (MA Hons), Trinity College of Music (MMus) and Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Postgraduate Diploma). He has also been a member of the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus for almost 10 years, where he has appeared in more than 300 performances and worked with many of the world's finest conductors and directors.
BaritoneNominated for a What’s On Stage Breakthrough Award and in the Young Artist Category at the 2015 International Opera Awards, Ross Ramgobin studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won the Tom Hammond Prize, and the National Opera Studio. He made his Royal Opera debut as Miteb Cities of Salt, returning as Rambashi The Firework Maker’s Daughter. At the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, he has sung Pallante Agrippina and Arasse Siroe, Re di Persia: both performances are now available on CD. Elsewhere, his engagements have included the title role in Owen Wingrave at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals, Belcore L’elisir d’amore at the Verbier Festival, Pallante Agrippina at Brisbane Baroque, Masetto Don Giovanni for Angers Nantes Opera and Yuri The Ice Break for Birmingham Opera Company. He also appeared at the 2015 Leeds Castle Classical Open Air Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Current engagements include The Protector Written On Skin with the Melos Sinfonia, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Israeli Opera, Kuligin Katya Kabanova for Opera Holland Park, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro and Archibald Grosvenor Patience for English Touring Opera and Elijah with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Ross Ramgobin appears by permission of English Touring Opera.
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