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Katie MacRae (soprano) and Nia Williams (piano)

Wed Mar 10th 2010, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Katie MacRae

Originally Scottish, Katie MacRae grew up mainly in Chicago, Illinois. It was at the School of Music at the University of Illinois that she first began formal training, but after a year there and a place earned on the Dean's List she transferred to the Royal Academy of Music in London where she was awarded an entrance scholarship.

On the BMus course at the Academy Katie studied with Glenys Linos and Anthony Saunders, and performed opera scenes in Handel's Semele, and as Gretel in Hansel und Gretel. She later continued her training as a light lyric soprano with Guildhall professor David Pollard, with whom she still works. She has performed roles with St Albans Opera, Guildford Opera, and early music ensemble The Musicall Compass (including performances at the Linbury Studio), and has also done ensemble work with Opera East, Grange Park Opera and the Iford Arts Festival in Bath.

Song recital engagements include a Lieder recital at Steinway Hall in New York as part of their platform for young performers, a new work by composer Richard Dubugnon at La Salle de la Cité des Arts in Paris, and in London at Fenton House, Burgh House, and St Martin in the Fields. Masterclasses include Robert Tear, Francoise Pollet, and most recently two weeks with Roger Vignoles in Austria, culminating in a public concert at the Stadttheater Gmunden as part of the 2008 Salzkammergut Festwochen festival.

With Katie's love of language — she has studied French, German and Italian to fluency — comes an especial enthusiasm for Russian and the music and culture of Russia. Last month she took this programme to Farleigh Dickinson Hall in New Jersey to give a recital as part of the New York Piano Society.

Nia Williams

Nia Williams graduated with a First in History from the University of Exeter and has an MA in European Studies. She works as a freelance musician and writer, accompanying and coaching singers, instrumentalists and choirs. Her repertoire as a concert accompanist includes English, French, German, Russian and Italian Song, as well as a wide range of operatic work and other genres such as musical theatre. Nia plays regularly for the trio Terzina (, who recently performed at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and has played for companies such as English Touring Opera, Opera Anywhere and Stagecoach, and for workshops conducted by performers such as Jean Allister, Graham Trew and Beryl Foster. She has also musically directed workshops for Live Nation Theatres, the Birmingham Hippodrome and Creation Theatre. Nia is the author of two novels (a third is due out in 2011) and of many short stories, which have been published in anthologies and magazines and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Other work includes a new chamber musical, 'Daddy's Girls', which will be staged at the Edinburgh Cellars, Islington on 2 July, featuring Rebecca Martin (for more information see

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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