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All performances start at 7.30 pm (doors open 7 pm)

Concert Diary

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Saturday 20th January 2018

Haydn - Nelson Mass, Mozart - Serenata Notturna (Orchestra), Lauridsen  - Lux Aeterna. Download the Flyer.

Sarah GilfordSarah Gilford - Soprano

Sarah Gilford is a British soprano studying at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp. Previously she graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a First Class BMus (Hons) Degree having studied with Deborah Rees. Sarah is the recipient of numerous awards including the Amanda Roocroft Award, SGYFM Adult Song Recital Prize, the Bessie Cronshaw/Frost Brownson Song Cycle Prize and the Freckleton and Doherty Cup for Singing. Most recently she was awarded the W. Towyn Roberts Memorial Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

Sarah performs regularly as a soloist for Oratorios, concerts and recitals. One of her concert highlights includes performing a UK premiere of Gatti’s Requiem in C with the Manchester Camerata. She has also been a guest soloist for Pendyrus Male Voice Choir and Chepstow Male Voice Choir.

Sarah has worked with Welsh National Youth Opera, RNCM Opera, Northern Opera Group, Brasil Academia de Opera Barroca, Woodhouse Opera and Edinburgh Studio Opera. Her roles have included Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Alison in The Wandering Scholar, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro and a UK and South American premiere as Cleopatra in Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra. This summer Sarah made her debut performance with Longborough Festival Opera as Papagena in The Magic Flute.

Sarah is kindly funded by the Mario Lanza Educational Fund and the Tom Cocklin Memorial Trust.


Rachel FalaiseRachel Falaise - Mezzo

London-born Mezzo-Contralto Rachel Falaise graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music with a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance. Roles include; Delilah Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saens (Genesis Chorale), Mrs Nolan The Medium by Menotti (Magnetic Opera), Hata The Bartered Bride by Smetana (Guildford Opera), Popova The Bear by William Walton (Opera Anywhere), Marthe (Cover) Faust (Winterbourne Opera), Zorah Ruddigore (Forbear!Theatre), Pitti-Sing The Mikado (Opera Anywhere) , Molly The Three Wayfarers by John Whittaker (Opera Anywhere) Hansel Hansel and Gretel (Opera’r Ddraig), Maurya Riders to the Sea (Bute Park Opera), Mercedes Carmen (Opera’r Ddraig), Blues Soloist (Cover) Paul Bunyan (British Youth Opera), L’enfant L’enfant et les sortilèges (Bute Park Opera), Juno Orpheus in the Underworld (Opera’r Ddraig), Edith Pirates of Penzance (Opera Anywhere, Kenneth More Theatre Production), Jennie Down in the Valley by Kurt Weill (Kenneth More Theatre Production) and Susanna Susanna’s Secret by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (Kenneth More Theatre Production). Solo concert engagements include Beethoven Mass in C, Haydn Nelson Mass, Vivaldi Gloria, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Spatzenmesse and Vesperae solennes de Confessore. RachelFalaise.com.

Wagner MoreiraWagner Moreira - Tenor

Wagner Moreira is a member of the Royal Academy Opera where he studies with Richard Berkeley-Steele and Iain Ledingham. He obtained a BMus degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and a MA degree with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed the roles of Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Oebalus in Mozart's Apollo et Hyacinthus, Basílio and Don Curzio in Mozart's Le nozze di Fígaro, Secondo soldato in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, Goro in Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Pluto in Offenbach's Orphée aux Enfers. Recent concerts and upcoming engagements include Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass, Beethoven`s Mass in C major and the Ninth Symphony, Haydn`s Nelson Mass, Handel`s Messiah and Bach's St John's Passion. Wagner is extremely grateful for the generous support of the Santander Universities UK Scholarship, Fordyce Scholarship, Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust, Dartington Hall Trust and Josephine Baker Trust.


John Holland AveryJohn Holland Avery - Bass

John Holland-Avery started his singing life as a chorister at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court, during which time he was cast as Third Boy in Mozart's Die Zauberfloete at the Royal Opera House, under the late Sir Colin Davis. Following achievements include a BA (Hons) in Music from York University, working for two years as a Bass Lay Clerk at St John’s College, Cambridge, and in August 2016 completing an MMus in Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where his studies with Nicholas Powell were generously supported by the Mercers’ Company (2014) and an Independent Opera Voice Scholarship (2015). Notable achievements at college include winning the in-house 2015 Frederic Cox Song Prize, singing live on 'In Tune' and 'Young Artists' Day' for BBC Radio 3, and deputising for Alan Opie in Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music in the Michael Kennedy Memorial Concert, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Performances on the concert platform last year included Copland's 'American Folk Songs' (York),  Stanford's 'Songs of the Fleet' and 'Songs of the Sea' (Stamford), Butterworth's 'A Shropshire Lad' (Harpenden), opera galas in Salisbury (Sapori Vocali), Vaughan William's 'Five Mystical Songs' (Apex, Bury St Edmund's), and most recently Handel's Messiah in Framlingham, Malvern and Cambridge, the latter two locations with Eboracum Baroque (www.eboracumbaroque.co.uk), of which he is a founding member. 

Having recently embarked on his professional operatic career, John sang Chorus in Grange Park Opera’s 2016 season for Bart’s Oliver! and Verdi’s Don Carlo. In 2017, he sang the title role for Ensemble OrQuesta’s production of Mozart’s 'Don Giovanni' in Hastings, for the same company in Lully’s 'Armide' as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival, and Chorus for Woodhouse Opera in Donizetti's 'L'Elisir d'Amore'. Then in October 2017 he sang Don Alfonso for Devon Opera's tour of Mozart's 'Cosi Fan Tutte'.

Alongside his performing career, John also enjoys working as a singing teacher at the American Community School, Egham, and directing the St Mary's Quartet at St Mary's Church, Staines-upon-Thames.

Saturday 21st April 2018
Rossini – Stabat Mater, Brahms – Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Brahms - Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates)
Saturday 14th July 2018
CLASSICAL BRAZIL - Choir-Guitar-Cello-Quartet. Villa Lobos-Da Silva-Fonseca
Saturday 19th January 2019
SAINT-SAENS Oratorio de Noel - MOZART Vespers
Saturday 13th April 2019
VERDI Requiem
Saturday 13th July 2019
JENKINS - Armed Man


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