Lunchtime Concert Friday June 29th 2018
Songs & Piano Music themed on Love, Passion & Imagination [plus a little fun!]
Lunchtime Live - Friday June 29th
Premiere Arabesque in E major – Debussy – Kyle
Written between 1888 and 1891 the piece begins in an impressionist style with parallel triads in the first inversion before moving gracefully through a series of pentatonic progressions. The middle section guides us through A major before beautifully returning to its original key and opening exposition. This piece is second to Clair De lune’s fame
however contains just as much light, beauty and particularly joy,
The kindly voice of mother nature – Die Zauberflöte – Mozart -Sue & Bob
Pappagena and Pappageno get it together
The Baritones – Offenbach – Kyle & Bob
What really happens on the back row of the choir
Deh Vieni non tardar – Le Nozze di Figaro – Mozart – Charlotte
Susannah (in disguise) beguiles the Count while her
fiancé listens appalled. Classic operatic subterfuge.
People will say we’re in love – Oklahoma Rodgers & Hammerstein – Sue & Kyle
Laurey and Curly are in love. Here they warn each
other not to behave indiscreetly, lest people misinterpret
their intentions, despite the reality of the situation
You lay your hand in mine – Don Giovanni Mozart – Charlotte & Bob
The Don endeavours to seduce Zerlina on her wedding day. It all ends in tears (and flames!).
Prelude English Suite in A minor J S Bach – Charlotte
This piece is set apart from others by its brisk, high energy, no-nonsense Prelude. The opening angular, direct subject gives birth to a movement with concerto-like proportions, despite opening like a two-part invention. The introduction of repeated notes in the middle section stands in contrast to the relentless nature of the opening, allowing some breathing space before the entirety of the formative section is repeated.
Stars – Les Misérable Schönberg – Kyle
Javert explains some of the reasons
for pursuing the law in the way that he does.
Evening Prayer – Hansel and Gretel Humperdinck Sue & Charlotte
After the Sandman has put his grains in their eyes,
the children say their prayers before falling asleep.
I’ll walk with God – The Student Prince Romberg Bob
The young prince stands by the coffin of the king,
his grandfather, and commits himself to the Almighty.
I want to sing in Opera David / Arthurs – Sue
The story of the singers ambition.
All I ask of you – Phantom of the Opera Lloyd-Webber – Charlotte & Kyle
Christine & Raoul discuss the themes of commitment and romance.
Soave sia il Vento – Cosi fan tutte Mozart – Sue, Charlotte & Bob
The sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi wave farewell to their fiancées, believing them to be sailing away to war, whilst Don Alfonso, privy to the deception, awaits attempts to establish their infidelity.
Charlotte Rowan was Head Chorister at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and subsequently Organ Scholar and Director of Junior Choirs (2012-14). Charlotte was most proud to perform at a Papal Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome in 2014. She next studied Music at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge where she held positions as Senior Choral Scholar (2016-17), Acting Director of Music (2015-7), President of SSCMS (2015-17) and Tour Manager for two tours to Germany and a Four Basilicas Tour of Rome. Charlotte made her conducting debut at Dubai Opera House last Summer for a show which she co-produced entitled a ‘Great Choral Adventure’, a show aimed at introducing the young people of Dubai to the world of choral music. The week long show received ‘Outstanding!’ reviews. Charlotte founded and is Director of Magdalena; The Alamire Scholars, an early music consort comprising Cambridge’s finest Choral Scholars. Other ensembles she has directed include: The Sidney Concert Orchestra; The Sidney Singers; The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Consort; St. Asaph Choral Society; The Sherborne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; and The Sussex Pistols (an all female a cappella group).
Charlotte has attended various courses on Choral Conducting. Since Summer 2017 she has been Manager of The Queens’ Conducting Programme and has worked as a Freelance Conductor with ensembles such as LSO, St. Asaph Choral Society, St. Asaph Voluntary Choir and, most recently, the Choristers of Holy Trinity, Southport. First receiving conducting tuition from Ewa Strusinska as a student at the Junior RNCM (2011-14), Charlotte has recently received tutelage from Nicholas Cleobury and is off to continue her studies this August as a Masters student in Choral Conducting at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark. She hopes to make a career as a Choral Conductor.
Originally from Southport, Sue started singing when she was 15, mainly in church choirs. She had singing lessons in Liverpool. Sue likes musical theatre as well and was a member of Ormskirk Musical Society for some time, performing in Oklahoma, Pirates of Penzance and Brigadoon. After moving to live in France in 1991 she became the first president of the Chorale St. Cecile, sang also with Chorale Florilege, giving concerts around France and Germany, and the local church choir. She also performed in six plays in France with the local theatre group. Sue now sings with Southport Bach Choir and Holy Trinity Church Choir.
Kyle Harrison-Pope started learning piano at the age of 7 and had achieved a Distinction in his Grade 8 exam by the age of 17. He studied performance under Robert Markham at the University of Leeds where his sensitivity and touch stood out amongst his peers. As an accompanist, Kyle has played in numerous musicals including Westside Story and Spring Awakening where he also took on the role of assistant musical director. Kyle owes much of his musical ability to Holy Trinity Church Choir where he has been chorister for the majority of his life.
Kyle has also performed on stage in many musicals including Into the Woods and A Chorus Line. He graduated from the University of Leeds in 2015 having performed with their symphony orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony and some fifteen shows across three years.
Bob first joined St Silas’ Church Choir in Blackburn, at the age of seven and has been singing ever since. He studied in Manchester and sang with St Ambrose, the University Church Choir. Returning home he had a short time singing at local musical festivals and with the Preston Opera Group (Masetto – Don Giovanni) before moving to Liverpool where he took lessons with Edwin Francis and sang with the Liverpool Opera Company (Valentin – Faust). He then moved around the country before settling in Berkshire where he sang with St Michael’s Church Choir in Bray. In 1998 Bob returned to the north and joined the choir of Holy Trinity. Since then he has enjoyed the great opportunities afforded at Trinity. He has performed the baritone solos in the Fauré Requiem, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Wood’s St Mark Passion and Bach’s (?) St Luke Passion and also experienced singing in numerous cathedrals during the choir’s annual cathedral singing week. He has also sung for the Southport Bach Choir with solos including the Duruflé and Fauré Requiems, Pergolesi Magnificat, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Vaughan Williams’ Mystical Songs and an English Song cycle arranged by Benjamin Britten; he also occasionally sings with the Southport Mastersingers.