Date(s) - Saturday 12th March 2016
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12th March 7.30pm
Blackburn Cathedral Blackburn Music Society with St Christopher’s School Choir
Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, ‘Stickfinity’ Percussion Ensemble and Orff’s Carmina Burana
Accompanied by Piano Duo Joy Fielding and Samuel Hudson
Conducted by Tom Newall
Tickets: £12 Aged 18 and under FREE
Heather Heighway graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with first class honours and now studies with Lorna Rushton. Operatic experience includes: Rose Maurrant inStreet Scene (Kurt Weill), 2nd Niece in Peter Grimes (Britten), Emperor Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi), Ist Witch in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Adele in Die Fledermaus (Strauss), Valencienne The Merry Widow (Lehar), Olympia inThe Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach). Heather performed in London’s Roof Top Proms in August 2014 in a production of Carmen with Co Opera Co. In 2016 Heather is looking forward to playing Tatyanna in Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) in Liverpool, Micaela in Carmen (Bizet) in Manchester and Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare (Handel) in London. In 2011 Heather won the Chester Young Musician of the year competition. Whilst studying, Heather was awarded the Ella Cheshire Scholarship and won The Reginald Vincent Lieder Prize, The Gordon Clinton English Song Prize, second place in The Edwards Brooks English Song Prize, and was a finalist in the Mario Lanza Opera Prize. Choral solo work includes In Terra Pax ( Finzi) , Handel’s Messiah, Saint John Passion (Bach), Carmina Burana (Carl Orff), C Minor Mass (Mozart).
Joseph Buckmaster is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) where he studied the voice with David Maxwell Anderson.
Notable roles include the role of Giove in Il Ritorno d’Ulise in Patria (Monteverdi) as well as performing the roles of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), Raoul de Gardefeu in La Vie Parisienne (Offenbach), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) and Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti )in the RNCM opera excerpts. Joseph has performed as soloist throughout the North West including Carmina Burana (Orff), Messiah (Handel), Crucifixion (Stainer), Jephte (Carissimi), Rejoice in the Lamb (Britten), Weinen Klagen Sorgen Zagen (Bach) and Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), to name but a few.
The baritone soloist in tonight’s performance will be Tom Asher. Tom read music at the University of Durham before training at the RNCM. He now studies in London with Graeme Danby. Operatic highlights include Guccio, Gianni Schicchi (Opera Holland Park); Giacomo, Giovanna d’Arco (Hashtag Opera); Forester, The Cunning Little Vixen (Co-Opera Co.); Ambrogio and Fiorello Young Artist 2014, Il barbiere di Sivilglia (Opera Holland Park); Sacristan, Tosca (Dublin Lyric Opera); Ned Keene, Peter Grimes (Elemental Opera); Lorenzo, I Capuletti e I Montecchi (Opera Undone); Michele, Il Tabarro, The Imperial Commissioner and Prince Yamadori, Madam Butterfly and Pish Tush, The Mikado (Co-Opera Co.) and Common Person, It Makes No Difference (Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival). Concert highlights include Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass; Handel’s Samson; Verdi’s Requiem; Haydn’s The Creation; Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Recent performances include premiering two contemporary works in London with the Helios Collective, a gala concert with Lesley Garrett, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with Luton Choral Society. This summer Tom will be touring Il barbiere di Sivilglia with Pop-up Opera.