Christmas Charity Concert 2022
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The Westbury park Christmas show started as carols in my living room and rapidly expanded into a full annual concert and has now been running for over a decade raising money each year for charity. This years charity is the Trussel Trust .
This years show is bigger than ever featuring some of the best singers in the south west including some singers from Westbury park itself. We are thrilled to have Bristol’s own Claire Alsop accompanying. We are presenting British composer Frank Bridge’s wonderful Christmas oratorio The Christmas Rose.
The concert is an hour long with singalong carols at the end and free mincepies to enjoy courtesy of Waitrose. The ladies of the WI will also be running a stall selling handmade Christmas crafts. We think it was a lovely musical afternoon for all the family.
About our performers:
Claire Alsop is a Bristol based pianist and organist. After beginning her musical studies in Durham, she came to Bristol to study music at the university and she was also organ scholar at Bristol Cathedral. On graduating, Claire was appointed organist of Cheltenham Ladies College, where she worked until 2001, and she was also accompanist to the Cheltenham Bach Choir. She gained the FRCO diploma in 2006, winning the Turpin prize. Claire is assistant organist at St Mary Redcliffe church, and as a freelance musician enjoys a range of music-making including teaching, accompanying and solo work, and has broadcast live on both Radio 3 and BBC1, as well as musical theatre work and ABRSM examining. Claire is involved in a wide range of music education activities in Bristol and beyond, and greatly appreciates having the opportunity to work with children at the beginning of their own musical journeys. During the recent lockdown, Claire gave daily online recitals via Facebook, which received over 20,000 views from across the globe.
Gigi Strong is very pleased to be performing in Frank Bridge’s A Christmas Rose. A Master’s graduate from the University of York, Gigi has been performing in productions for a very long time. She has performed numerous roles in the South West, including Carmen, Flora (La Traviata), Mary (Bethlehem), Nannetta (Falstaff), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and First Witch (Macbeth). Never getting enough of the theatre, she also enjoys working in chorus roles and even backstage.
Angharad Davies is a freelance Mezzo-Soprano who performs both as a soloist and in opera choruses. Previous and current companies Angharad has worked with include: The Grange Festival, Mid Wales Opera, Grimeborn Opera Festival, Abu Dhabi Festival, Aurora Music Festival (Stockholm), Random Opera, Hampstead Garden Opera, SWAP’ra, Rose Opera and Bath Opera, among others. She regularly performs on the concert platform in recitals and as an oratorio soloist with choral societies throughout the UK. She also enjoys working and performing with her chamber music ensembles, Davies-White Ensemble and Victoria Salon Band.
For more information about Angharad visit www.angharaddaviesmezzo.co.uk
Robert Felstead is a tenor based in Swindon singing as a regular concert performer and opera singer. Previous roles include Cavaradossi in Tosca , Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and Faust in Faust with Bath Opera, Loge in Das Rheingold with Tarnhelm Opera, Tamino in The Magic Flute with Kennet Opera, Don Jose in Carmen with Opera in a Box, Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro with Cardiff Opera and Nemorino in The Elixir of Love with White Horse Opera. In addition to opera Robert has sung most of the Gilbert and Sullivan tenor roles and performed in a diverse range of plays and musicals. As well as performing Robert musically directs for Cirencester-based TinkCo and has written a play: EUgenia - performed by TS Theatre in Swindon in 2017. Upcoming projects include The Merry Widow with Bath Opera in February where Robert will be playing Camille.
Baritone Charlie Morris is a music graduate from the University of Bristol and is Artistic Director and co-founder of touring opera company, Opera in a Box. Charlie has over fifteen years experience of professional opera and oratorio singing, and has produced seventeen fully-staged, award-winning operatic productions. Recent operatic roles have included Scarpia, Marcello, Escamillo, and Papageno. Alongside a busy singing career in the South-West, Charlie is also a Secondary Teacher of Music & Music Technology at Bristol Grammar School and a Saturday Morning broadcaster on BCfm Radio. In the new year, Charlie will be singing the role of Danilo, The Merry Widow with Bath Opera.
Bass Robert Marson is delighted to take part in this little-known but heartwarming imagination of the Christmas story as witnessed by the shepherds and their families. He has performed many roles in opera productions in the South West, most recently as Angelotti for Bath Opera’s touring production of Verdi’s Tosca. For the same company, he appeared as Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth and Swallow in Britten’s Peter Grimes. Other opera performances have included Kaspar in Weber’s Der Freischütz with Bristol Opera, Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème with Somerset Opera and Wotan in Wagner’s Das Rheingold with Tarnhelm Opera, of which he is a founder member. Robert has studied with Nigel Wickens, Nicholas Powell, Cathy Pope and most recently Neil Baker. Before being drawn to opera, Robert worked as a cathedral singer and in oratorio. He lives in Bristol with his wife and two teenaged daughters.
Soprano Sophie Kirk-Harris was born in Germany, Sophie was a founding member of the Stuttgart Youth Opera
before accepting a place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Sophie has sung with a number of opera companies including Bath Opera, Bristol Opera, Tarnhelm and Tessitoura. Sophie has also performed internationally in Japan, Abu Dhabi, France, Germany and Italy.
In 2018 Sophie co-founded the company Opera Boots ( www.operaboots.co.uk ) and has been introducing opera to school children in England and Wales. She also work as a singing teacher.
Soprano Ethel-Jane Cormack graduated from Dartington College of Arts with a joint Honours Degree in Music and Arts Management, where she studied voice with the late Mollie Petrie and operatic baritone Ian Comboy. She has many years experience of performing principal roles in fully staged and touring Opera productions, as well as Oratorio in venues throughout the UK. Before having the first of her family in 2009, she also directed Opera and Musical productions, taking shows on tour to a variety of venues from theatres and festivals, to open-air parties. Ethel-Jane specialises in teaching both Classical and Musical Theatre, from beginners to Diploma levels. As well as teaching and performing, Ethel-Jane also teaches at Clifton High School.
Mezzosoprano Rebecca Chellappah holds a Masters in Music with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). She works full time as a mezzosoprano and singing teacher. Rebecca's full opera roles include the title roles of Bizet's Carmen, Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Delilah in Saint-Saëns Samson and Delilah and Helene in Offenbach's La Belle Helene. An active recitalist and alto soloist , Rebecca has given many well received concerts and recitals in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and the UK. Rebecca also teaches singing technique. Rebecca believes that everyone should enjoy the pleasure of singing and loves helping others find the best in their voices. She is very passionate about the promotion of a healthy lifelong singing technique and firmly believes that singing is simply good for the soul!
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