Date(s) - 22/12/2017
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday 22nd December 7.30pm – 10pm


A fabulous feast of famous operatic songs & festive numbers. Featuring artists who have   performed with national opera companies.

Licensed Bar opens 7.00 pm

Tickets: £18.00 Student: £12.00

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CATRIONA CLARK – soprano –

Catriona graduated with distinction from Napier University, the Royal College of Music (RCM) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Alongside her teaching career, Catriona’s operatic and concert work has taken her throughout the world performing roles such as Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Euridice (Orphée aux enfers), Musetta (La Bohème), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Pamina/Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), and the title role in Handel’s Semele. Having performed with major companies including the Royal Opera, Opera North, Diva Opera, Opera Project and London Festival Opera, Catriona’s highlights include Adele (Die Fledermaus) alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, Alfie Boe and Bryn Terfel at the Royal Albert Hall, and opera gala performances for the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family. Recent performances have included Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Mimì (La Bohème), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), and concert work in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Venice and Cyprus.


CLAIRE SURMAN – soprano –

Claire graduated from the postgraduate opera course at the RCM with distinction, having won the Lies Askonas Prize, Agnes Nicholls Harty Trophy and Ted Moss Lieder Prize. She made her Welsh National Opera debut as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and her Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut as Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Other roles include: Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Violetta (La Traviata), Gilda (Rigoletto), Leïla (The Pearl Fishers), Mimì (La Bohème), Governess (Turn of the Screw), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus). Concert highlights as a soloist include performing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski (Royal Festival Hall), with the OAE/Sir Simon Rattle (Royal Festival Hall), in Raymond Gubbay’s Last Night of the Spring Proms Concerts (Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall), and with the Berlin Philharmonic/Sir Simon Rattle (Berlin, and the Salzburg Festival). Claire appeared as a guest artist for the television series ‘Sopranos’, performing Sempre libera (La Traviata) and Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (La Wally) with the City of London Sinfonia.


CHARLOTTE WICKS – mezzo soprano –

Born in Manchester, Charlotte studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy Opera. She is an Independent Opera fellow, graduate of the Solti-Te kanawa Academia di Bel Canto, and a Samling Scholar. At the Royal Academy Opera, roles included Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Celia (La Fedelta Premiata), Hänsel, Diana (La Calisto) and Vava (Cheryomushki). Charlotte made her Glyndebourne Festival debut as an Apprentice (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), and her Glyndebourne Touring Opera debut as Valetto (L’incoronazione di Poppea). Other roles include Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) for English Touring Opera, Kate Pinkerton/Cousin (Madam Butterfly) for Mid Wales Opera, Minsk Woman (Flight) and Gertrude (cover) (Roméo et Juliette) for British Youth Opera, Carmen for Garden Opera, and Nancy (Albert Herring) (cover) for Opera North. As a soloist, Charlotte has performed alongside conductors Trevor Pinnock, Sir Colin Davis and Sian Edwards, and Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a regular soloist with Opera Interludes and London Festival Opera, touring the UK and Europe. Her most recent performances include Carmen and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) in Venice and Seville.



Cameron was born in Somerset and studied at the Trinity College of Music. He was a principal artist with Wuppertaler Bühnen and Koblenz from 1993 to 1999. A guest artist in Hannover, Oldenburg and Gelsenkirchen. Roles in Germany include Don José Carmen,Alfred Die Fledermaus, Camille Die Lustige Witwe,Tamino Die Zauber öte, Ernesto Don Pasquale, Rodolfo La Bohème, Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi, Alfredo La Traviata, Paco La Vida Breve, Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor, Pinkerton Madama Butter y, Cavaradossi Tosca and Tony West Side Story. He has performed The Seven Deadly Sins with the Wuppertaler Tanztheater Pina Bausch in Amsterdam. Concert work includes The Verdi Requiem, Elgar The Kingdom, Handel Messiah, Mozart Die Krönungsmesse, Dvorak Requiem, and Saint-Saens Weihnachtsoratorium. For Diva Opera he has sung Don José, Nemorino L’elisir d’amore,Alfred, Cavaradossi,Alfredo, Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro,Tonio La Fille du Régiment, Duke Rigoletto, Rodolfo, Edgardo,Tamino and Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi. He recently toured internationally with Opera Interludes singing Alfredo and Cavaradossi and sang Ernesto for Opera a la Carte in London. Forthcoming engagements include concert tours with Diva Opera and Opera Interludes and the role of Lensky Eugene Onegin for Haddo House Opera in Scotland.



Douglas Nairne won a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music where he gained an advanced Masters with distinction before completing a Masters in Opera at the Sir Alexander Gibson Opera School. Operatic roles include Marcello ‘La Bohème’ at Haddo House Opera and Edinburgh Grand Opera, Silvio ‘Pagliacci’ with Lakeland Opera, Zurga ‘The Pearl Fishers’, ‘Eugene Onegin’, with Opera Bohemia, and Herald in ‘Burning Fiery Furnace’ which he performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and at the Hermitage in St Petersburg with Mahogany Opera. In 2015 Douglas toured New York, San Francisco and North Carolina with the Britten Sinfonia. Recently he covered Schaunard ‘La Bohème’ and Marchese ‘La Traviata’ with Scottish Opera. Highlights on the concert platform include, Britten’s War Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, including a New Year performance with the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union and the Vaughan-Williams Sea Symphony with the Scottish Opera Orchestra. He was the baritone soloist in Faure’s ‘Requiem’ with the Ulster Youth Choir in a live performance on BBC Radio Ulster and the guest soloist with the Ulster Orchestra. He has performed Mahler’s, Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertoten Lieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Mahler Players.



Raised by Philip Mead, founder of the British Contemporary Piano Competition as “a consummate musician with a transcendent pianistic technique in the service of a refined musicality”, Benjamin Powell has gained a reputation for intelligent and expressive performances with a strong commitment to contemporary music. Since winning the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2010 Benjamin has performed across the UK and Europe, in venues includ ing the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, IRCAM, and Harpa (Reykjavik). In 2014 he was appointed pianist for the Manchesterbased Psappha ensemble. Benjamin is much in demand as a chamber musician and has collaborated with many distinguished musicians including Stefano Canuti, Leland Chen, Levon Chilingirian, Craig Ogden, Miklós Perényi, Thomas Riebl, Sophie Rosa and Eva Thorarinsdottir. His recording of selections from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was used in the recent National Theatre production of ‘the Hard Problem’, Sir Tom Stoppard’s latest play. Benjamin was born and raised in West Sussex and lives in Glossop with his wife and three children.


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