Upcoming: RNCM fund-raising recital, ‘An evening of opera and song’

The spectacular interior of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church! Photo credit: Caroline Taylor

The spectacular interior of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church! Photo credit: Caroline Taylor

I can announce with great excitement that details for my next recital have been finalised! Accompanied by Sean Heath, the performance will take place on Thursday 26 May from 7.30pm at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Queens Terrace, St Andrews.

The church is a beautiful, atmospheric venue with a magnificent Steinway. Reflecting my own journey through music so far, the programme will include opera, operetta, musical theatre and song repertoire, with works by Mozart, Kern, Barber, R. Strauss, Gounod and Dvořák. The programme will also feature the “Tower Scene” from Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, in celebration of Byre Opera’s production the following month.

Current St Andrews students Rebecca Anderson (mezzo-soprano) and Peter Sutton (baritone) will join as special guests to perform well-known duets by Gilbert and Sullivan and Offenbach. I have worked with both Rebecca and Peter in numerous G&S productions in St Andrews and I am very excited to share the stage with them once more! I am also delighted that the recital will be introduced by the University’s Director of Music, Michael Downes.

Money raised from ticket sales will go towards funding my tuition at the Royal Northern College of Music, where I am beginning an MMus in Vocal Studies and Opera later this year. Tickets will be priced at £10 with £8 concessions and can be bought either on the door or in advance by calling me on 07506 168 382. However, entry is completely free for under 16s; I would love to encourage young people to attend and to lend an ear to classical music! Refreshments will be provided, both during the interval and following the performance.

I will be undertaking further activities to raise funds for my MMus over the coming months and am currently creating a separate page on my website for those interested in sponsoring me, or in making one-off donations towards my tuition and living costs at the RNCM. All sponsors and those who donate will receive a reward, from a bi-annual newsletter right through to a private recital! Updates will follow in due course.

It would be wonderful to see lots of familiar faces in the audience, so if you’re in St Andrews at the end of May, please do come along. I would like to give heartfelt thanks to all those who have supported me throughout my musical journey so far!

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