Event: Summer concert 2018
Saturday 7th July 2018 at 7:30pm, St Alban's Church, North Harrow HA2 7PF
Our Summer Concert this year will comprise a wide range of pieces chosen from popular musicals and operas. However, although we will be stepping away somewhat from the classicial music genre for which we are better known, we have nevertheless selected music acknowledged to be of a high standard of composition and arrangement as well as being familiar and enjoyable.
The programme will include pieces from Les Miserables, West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Iolanthe, Eugene Onegin and Prince Igor. Click here to see the concert poster.
SopranoRebecca was twelve years old when she began to develop an interest in singing. At the age of fifteen, she had the opportunity to take a small principal role in ‘Ludd and Isis’, a new opera commissioned by the Royal Opera House to inaugurate the opening of the its new production facility in Purfleet. It was this experience that confirmed her ambition to become an opera singer. At seventeen, she auditioned successfully for entry to the Royal College of Music’s undergraduate programme, graduating in July 2017 with a first-class honours degree. In September 2017, she will return to the College to take up her place on the Master of Performance programme, and will continue her vocal training under the tutelage of Dinah Harris, with whom she has studied since 2015. In March 2017, under the baton of Dr George Burrows of Portsmouth University, Rebecca took part in the recreation of an 1812 performance of Messiah that featured the diva Angelica Catalani. Rebecca reproduced Catalani’s contribution to that performance. In March 2015, she performed the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus with Chelmsford City Opera. In September 2015, she performed the roles of Pepik in The Cunning Little Vixen and Cathleen in Riders to the Sea, both with British Youth Opera. She is also an experienced recitalist. Since 2012, she has performed annually at the Coopers’ Livery Company banquet, held at Mansion House in the presence of the Lord Mayor of London. She is also a regular performer at other livery company events held in the City of London. Rebecca has also participated in masterclasses conducted by artists such as Jonathan Lemalu, Mhairi Lawson and Mark Tucker. In July 2017, Rebecca will be understudying the role of Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the New Generation Festival in Florence. In 2016, Rebecca became the Essex Young Musician of the Year.
BaritoneJames is a first-year postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music in London, where he recently completed his undergraduate studies and is kindly supported by an RCM Scholarship. James currently studies with Alison Wells, having previously studied with Peter Savidge and Gary Matthewman. James’s operatic work has recently included the role of Le Fleuve in Rameau’s Les fêtes d'Hébé at the Amphithéâtre Bastille in Paris and the RCM Britten Theatre, in a collaboration between l'Académie de l'Opéra National de Paris and the RCM International Opera School. He has also sung the role of Le Gendarme with the RCM International Opera School in their production of Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias and covered the role of Pausanias in their production of Chabrier’s Une éducation manqué. His other operatic roles have included Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) with Hurn Court Opera, Zuniga (Carmen), and Betto (Gianni Schicchi). His concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Bach’s St. John Passion, Actus Tragicus and Coffee Cantata, and the Requiems of Fauré, Mozart, and Duruflé. James has also sung the roles of Pilatus and Petrus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the London Handel Orchestra at the Tilford Bach Festival and St. John’s, Smith Square. James has been privileged to sing in masterclasses with performers such as Sir Thomas Allen, Simon Keenlyside, Roderick Williams, Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles and Dame Emma Kirkby.
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