Walton's Belshazzar's Feast - Saturday 24 June 2017, Malvern Theatres
Born in Liverpool, Alexandra is a professional freelance opera singer and singing teacher. She was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain before entering the Royal Northern College of Music followed by the Royal Academy of Music where she received a Distinction for her Postgraduate Diploma in Performance. She has sung opera roles and chorus for many UK opera companies including English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Scottish Opera. She also teaches singing at Wrekin College in Shropshire and at Little Voices North Manchester.
Alexandra has sung professionally for opera companies and oratorio concerts. Recent engagements have included Alto solos in the Messiah (Handel), Bach Magnificat and Mozart Requiem. She has also played the roles of Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte for Heritage Opera, Rosina in Il Barbiere Di Siviglia and Third Lady in Die Zauberflote for Dartington Opera. Alexandra is also a regular guest singer for Swan Hellenic Cruises, giving concerts of Classical and Music Theatre songs.
Stewart Kempster was born in Chirk, North Wales and he began his musical life as the parish church organist. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music winning many prizes and awards and took part in several master classes and concerts. Upon leaving college, after a brief spell with Scottish Opera, he has since performed much of the Bass operatic repertoire with many different opera companies both at home and abroad. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Porgy Porgy and Bess and the four villain roles in Tales of Hoffman for Wexford Festival Opera. Stewart is an accomplished oratorio singer and he has sung with all the major choirs and orchestras in Scotland in the works of Handel, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, and the requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Verdi. He has sung all the major works of J.S. Bach and many of his church cantatas in the City of London Bach Cantata Series. He has met and performed for Prince Charles on four occasions most recently singing Simone in Gianni Schicchi in a gala performance at the Italian embassy in London in the presence of the Italian Ambassador. Stewart appears on a number of CD recordings, including Leighton’s Hymn to Matter and the Duruflé Requiem with the National Youth Choir and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and he recorded the roles of Die Wirt Die Drei Pintos by Weber and Migalo Maria del Carmen by Granados for Wexford Festival Opera. He has also appeared on Lyric FM and BBC Radio 3 in various broadcasts from Wexford and from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He worked on the academy award winning soundtrack of the Lord of the Rings series of films working with the composer Howard Shore and he also worked with John Williams on the Star Wars soundtracks. In 2012 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and when not performing, Stewart is an examiner to the Associated Board.
|Visiting choir||The 1885 Singers|
|Conductors||Alison Hunka and Richard Knight|
|Orchestra||Cheltenham Regency Sinfonia
The Regency Sinfonia comprises musicians who have busy schedules as freelance musicians in the Midlands and West of England, playing in a variety of different orchestras and in a myriad of musical styles. Their versatility and knowledge of the repertoire means that they are much in demand, playing for more than a dozen choral societies in the area in addition to their other commitments.
Enquiries concerning the orchestra should be made to:
Diggory Seacome, 7a Queen's Parade, Cheltenham, Glos. GL50 3BB
01242 230794 or 07976 278301 firstname.lastname@example.org
Handel's Alexander’s Feast - Saturday 26 November 2016, Malvern Theatres
Hannah was a student at the prestigious Chetham's School of Music from the age of fourteen, specialising in both voice and oboe. She went on to study music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she held both choral and instrumental scholarships. She is now a Fellow of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain with whom she recently appeared on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune'. Hannah has the beginings of a promising solo career, with forthcoming performances of Handel's Messiah, Monteverdi's Vespers and Mozart's Requiem. She was the winner of the 2015 Lady Frances Song Competition and a scholarship holder on the Pembroke Lieder Scheme, receiving tutelage from Joseph Middleton, Joan Rogers, Roderick Williams and Sarah Connolly. She currently studies with Ann de Renais and is passionate about music outreach. For more information, visit hannahleking.com.
|Tenor||James Oxley - President of Malvern Festival Chorus|
James McKelvey read Music at Durham University, has sung with professional and amateur choirs throughout the country and has performed as soloist in a number of oratorio performances and song recitals. A former Bass Lay Clerk at Gloucester Cathedral, he was employed by Nimbus Records in Monmouth as a recording producer, engineer and editor, making fifteen recordings for the company before moving to London to work for BBC Radio 3. For the last ten years he has been working in education, firstly as Assistant Director of Music at Rendcomb College, then as Director of Music at Our Lady's in Abingdon where he was Associate Conductor of the Abingdon and District Music Society , and examiner of A-level composition. He has been Director of Music at Bromsgrove School since 2013.
|Orchestra||Cheltenham Regency Sinfonia|