Musical Moments April 2016

We are happy to announce the latest of our monthly 'Musical Momments'. These concerts take place on the first Monday of every month and are followed by a buffet with wine. This month we welcome Kirsty McLean soprano, Georgia Bishop mezzo soprano and Ashley Beauchamp playing piano. The ‘Musical Moments’ concerts have been made possible by the very kind cooperation of The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. We are very privileged in being able to present these young, highly talented musicians who are already making their mark in the music world.


Jacques Offenbach (1819 – 1880) Barcarolle from Les contes d'Hoffmann

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901) Recordare from Requiem

Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990) A boy like that from West side story

W A Mozart (1756 – 1791) S'io non moro from Idomeneo

Engelbert Humperdinck (1854 – 1921) Evening prayer from Hansel und Gretel

Léo Delibes (1815 – 1910) Flower Duet from Lakmé


Kirsty McLean

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Kirsty McLean is currently in her fourth year of study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Linda Hirst and Robert Aldwinkle. Before coming to Trinity Laban Kirsty studied at Chetham’s School of Music and then took 2 years away from study to work at a YMCA children’s camp in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, teaching singing and music.

Originally from the Lake District, Kirsty has won many awards in Cumbria including the George Nichols Young Musician of the Year, the Kenneth Hill Memorial Bursary, the Jim Noble Award and the Esther Croskery and Aprille C. Bonner Award. Last year she was a finalist in the Keldwyth Award held in Levens. She has been a finalist in the Lilian Ash French song competition and the Elisabeth Schumman German song competition.

Recent roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Marenka in The Bartered Bride, Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte, and 2nd Lady in Die Zauberflöte. In 2015/16 she will be joining The Mahogany Opera Group on their tour of The Rattler.


Georgia Bishop

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Born in Jersey, Georgia has recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she was the Drapers’ de Turckheim Vocal scholar and the recipient of The John Hosier Music Trust award. She continues her studies on the Artist Masters Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Marcus van den Akker where she is the Sidney Perry Foundation Scholar, and is generously supported by the Jersey Bursary, a Help Musicians UK postgraduate award, the Paul Brown Memorial Fund and the John Lobb Trust.

Recent highlights include joining Grange Park Opera in their 2015 season; chorus is La Boheme and Samson et Dalila, Sorceress Dido and Aeneas with Opera Lyrica, and chorus in the UK premiere of Dikran Tchouhadjian’s Gariné at the Grimeborn Opera Festival.

Other credits include the title role in Carmen for Bearstead Choral Society and Puzzlepiece Opera, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte  for PuzzlePiece Opera, Witch (cover) with the Pimlott Foundation and in concert with the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dominic Wheeler. She has also performed with British Youth Opera; chorus Paul Bunyan, and the role of Common Person in It Makes No Difference by Simone Spagnolo at the Tété a Tété Opera Festival (UK premiere).

Georgia made her RFH debut as the contralto soloist in a performance of Ustvolskaya’s Symphony No.4 with the LPO Foyle Future Firsts. Also, alto semi-chorus soloist, Elijah in St John’s Smith Square conducted by Edward Gardner and Berio Folk Songs as a part of The Rest is Noise festival at the South Bank. Other credits include Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Essex Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Handel’s Messiah with the Jersey Festival Orchestra and Chorus.

Georgia is mentored by Matthew Rose and has performed in public masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dennis O’Neil, Dame Felicity Palmer, Sarah Walker and alongside duo partner Ashley Beauchamp with Brigitte Fassbaender in the Wigmore Hall as a part of Wigmore Learning. Excerpts of which were later played on the BBC Radio 3 program Music Matters.


Ashley Beauchamp

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Ashley is a pianist and conductor originally from Sussex, now based in London, where he studies with Eugene Asti at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  His performances have taken him across the UK to many top venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh and the Wigmore Hall, as well as soloist and ensemble appearances throughout Europe.  Specialising in work with singers, Ashley was the winner of the English Song Competition for Voice and Piano 2015 with baritone James Newby, and has been a finalist in all other competitions for voice and piano at the college.

Ashley works as a répétiteur for Glyndebourne Opera House, as a pianist for the Royal Opera House Learning and Participation Department and is Principal Keyboard of the Kantanti Ensemble.  Ashley is the Music Director of PuzzlePiece Opera, Bellerby’s College Choir and has previously worked as the Music Director of the New Sussex Singers and the St Olave Hart Street Choir.

Recent and forthcoming highlights include conducting a production of Deep Waters (McDowell) and excerpts from Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck), both in Ireland, as well as recitals in Ripon Cathedral, St James Piccadilly and the chapel of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.  Ashley conducted PuzzlePiece Opera’s winter production of Acis and Galatea (Handel), is the répétiteur for Nothing - a new commission at Glyndebourne Opera House by David Bruce, and for Rigoletto (Verdi) with Matchbox Opera. He has also recently been appointed as Assistant Musical Director of the new Blackheath Youth Choir.

Date: 04 April 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m. for 7:30 p.m.

Member Ticket Price: £15 including concert, buffet and wine.

Non-member Ticket Price: £18 including concert, buffet and wine.

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