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Nazan Fikret, Anna Anandarajah and Lucy Hall (sopranos) with Kiyoko Fukuo (piano)

Wed Mar 25th 2009, 1:30 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


All accompanied on piano by KIYOKO FUKUO

Nazan Fikret

Nazan Fikret began her training with Jennifer Lilleystone, in her home town of Enfield before continuing her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is currently a third year student and studying with Penelope Mackay. Making her professional debut as ‘Flora’ in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with Broomhill Opera (2000), she went on to perform this role with the Aix en Provence Festival in Aix in 2001 for the Harding/Bondy production, which subsequently toured over a number of years to Vienna (Wiener Festwochen 2002) , the Edinburgh Festival (King’s Theatre 2002), Brussels (Theatre Royal de la Monnaie 2005) Paris (Theatre des Champs-Elysees 2005) and was also made available worldwide in dvd and radio broadcast format with ARTE and France Musique. With other companies she performed the role in the Athens’s Megaron Concert Hall (2002) and with the Nationale Reisopera, for the Stephen and Philip Langridge collaboration in 2006. Most recently, in December 2007, Nazan made her debut at the English National Opera with this role, in the acclaimed David McVicar production, which went on to win a South Bank Award for Best Opera. Other roles include the ‘Choir’ in Joseph (Bill Kenright Productions 2000), ‘Beth’ in Copland’s Tender Land (BBC Radio 3 at the Barbican, Leonard Slatkin, 2000), as a Soloist with Howard Goodhall in Concert and ‘Second Boy’ in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Chandos Records (Opera in English Series, Charles Mackerras in 2004). Nazan is enjoying her studies at the Guildhall and plans to continue her musical education beyond her BMus. She also has a passion for traditional Musical Theatre and would like to combine her love of opera and musical theatre in her working life. In her spare time she enjoys classic literature, travelling and spending time with her much loved and supportive friends and family.

Lucy Hall

Lucy Rebecca Hall is a 22 year old soprano from Nottinghamshire. She was a member of Cantamus Girls Choir for eleven years and was the Soprano soloist for her senior years in the choir. Lucy performed with the choir in France and competed in North Wales, Belgium, Italy, Germany and China, where the choir won the esteemed title of Choir Olympic Champions of the World. Experience with the choir also includes performances in prestigious venues such as The Bridgewater Hall, The Barbican Centre and as a soloist in The Royal Albert Hall, London for the Songs of Praise Big Party. She has performed with major orchestras such as The Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony and the Hallé Orchestra. In 2006, Lucy left Cantamus to pursue a career as a soloist and, after gaining places at some of the UK’s top music colleges, chose to study at the acclaimed Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she is currently in her third of a four year undergraduate degree course studying Music with Vocal Studies under the tutelage of Professor Susan McCulloch.

Solo Awards include many first places in music festivals, including winning the Mansfield Music & Drama Festival and Selston Music Festival on numerous occasions. In 2008, Lucy was placed second in the prestigious Derby Centenary Arts Competition, a competition for any instrument. She also won The Selston Music Festival achieving the Recital Prize, the Lieder Prize, the Puccini Celebration Trophy, The Operatic Aria prize and was awarded the County Cup from Nottinghamshire County Council for contribution to Music. In 2005, Lucy was the John Ogden Scholarship winner.

Lucy regularly performs as a Soprano soloist with choral societies, for council events, recitals and at weddings. She has worked with prolific conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Carl Davis and Christian Curnyn and has had Classes with Eugene Asti, Yvonne Kenny, Isobel Buchanan and Emma Kirkby.

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Anna Anandarajah

Anna Anandarajah is currently in her third year of an undergraduate degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying under Rudolf Piernay. Before starting her degree course Anna won a number of prizes in local competitions. She enjoys singing different types of repertoire but particularly aspires to work in opera when she has completed her studies.

Kiyoko Fukuo

Kiyoko Fukuo began studying the piano at the age of five and singing at the age of fifteen. She gained her first bachelar degree as a singer from Kwassui Wemen's College. She studied singing with Akiko Kotegawa and piano with Hiroko Shigenaga. Since she came over to England, she studied piano with Lesley Young and Peter Upperd, and singing with Patrick McCarthy at Colchester Institute and received a MA in Art in 2004. She completed Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in piano accompaniment at Trinity College of Music in 2006, studying with Eugene Asti and Ilana Davids. She continued her further study at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and gained MMus in piano accompaniment, studying under Eugene Asti and Pamela Lidiard supported by the Guildhall School Trust. She took the several master classes for solo piano performance and also piano accompaniment including with Graham Johnson, Gordon Back, Martino Tirimo, Yonty Solomon, Iain Burnside and Helmut Deutsch. She is now a professional piano accompanist at GSMD.

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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