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Stephen Svanholm (baritone) and Wai-Yin Lee (piano)

Wed Jul 29th 2009, 11:15 am ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


Brahms (1833-1897) – 4 songs

Beethoven (1770-1827) – 5 songs

Brahms (1833-1897) – Vier Ernste Gesänge (op 121)

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Artist info

Stephen John Svanholm

Stephen John Svanholm was born in Durham, and brought up there and in Newport, Pembrokeshire.

He began his music career after school as lead guitarist for an East Midlands heavy rock band, Ignorance, in the early 90s, who released two LPs and toured the USA and Europe.

He returned to college to study classical music at the University of Surrey, and rounded off his vocal education at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester as a postgraduate.

Stephen worked as a freelance singer in Stockholm from 2001–2008, before returning to live in London last summer.

His stage roles include Belcore (L'Elisir D'Amor), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Silvio (I Pagliacci), Dancairo and Zuniga (Carmen), Montroc (Un Giorno Di Regno), Riff and Bernardo (West Side Story), Viceroy (La Perichole), Cowardly Lion (The Wizard of Oz), Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Falke (Die Fledermaus).

He also records crossover music, and guests on international rock albums as a one-man multi-tracked choir.

Wai-Yin Lee

Wai-Yin Lee was born in Hong Kong, where she obtained her first Music Degree in Piano from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). In 2000, she was awarded a two-year Full Scholarship from the Royal College of Music in London (RCM Hong Kong Scholar), supported by Rothshild Trust and Crocher Trust, to pursue her postgraduate studies with Professor Julian Jacobson from September 2000 to July 2002. After completing her Masters Degree in Piano Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD), she continued her studies as repetiteur with Professor Caroline Palmer on City Educational Scholarship. The following year, she was awarded a repetiteur fellowship at the GSMD for the period of two years and in the same year she was invited by National Opera Studio to join them as a part-time trainee.

She was the professional accompanist for the vocal department of GSMD and HKAPA, rehearsal pianist of the Opera Society of Hong Kong and senior pianist of the Hong Kong Children’s Choir. Since her arrival in the United Kingdom, Wai-Yin has established a dynamic and versatile musical activity. Apart from giving solo and chamber recitals at various venues across UK, she’s been working as musical director of the European Chamber Opera for the autumn tours since 2004, performing well-known operas (Rigoletto, Carmen, Madama Butterfly and Traviata) in South-east Asia, Japan and United Arab Emirates. In the summer of 2004-2006, she was selected as one of the repetiteurs for the British Youth Opera’s productions - Cunning Little Vixen, Eugene Onegin and Cosi Fan Tutte, in which she played the continuo part in Sadler’s Wells – Peacock Theatre. Other operatic experiences include Marriage of Figaro, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Il Trovatore, Beatrice and Benedict, Comedy n the Bridge, Don Pasquale, Mignon, Falstaff, Il tabarro, Gianni Schicchi, L’amore di Tre Rei, Koanga and The Little Green Swallow.

In the beginning of this year, she was invited by an international acclaimed conductor Maestro Emmanuel Siffert to coach and to work with the musicians of Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador. Later this year, she will be returning to Ecuador to work in Teatro Sucre as a musical coach for Merry Widow. Wai-Yin has also appeared on Hong Kong Radio 4 (Young Artist Programme) and BBC3 in tune with singers from GSMD and BYO. She’s also worked for Opera Holland Park, English Pocket Opera Company, English Opera Singers, English Music Platform, Pegasus Opera Company, Rhapsody Opera, Lyrique en Mer and National Opera Studio.

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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