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Juwon Ogungbe (baritone) and Waiyin Lee (piano)

Wed Apr 28th 2010, 12:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Juwon Ogungbe

Juwon Ogungbe has sung for Floral Opera, Abbey Opera, Opera for All, Hampstead Garden Opera, The Kenneth More Theatre Ilford, Southgate Opera, Sevenoaks Opera, English Pocket Opera, Opera Up Close and Aldeburgh Festival amongst others.

His repertoire of roles includes Don Alfonso (Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte), Escamillo (Bizet’s Carmen) Alfio (Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana), Macbeth (Verdi’s Macbeth), Shaunard (Puccini’s La Boheme) Creon (Milhaud’s Medee), Aeneas (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas) and Demetrius (Britten’s Midsummer Nights Dream).

Juwon has performed recently in several events linked to the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of Slave Trade Act in the United Kingdom. One of these events was co- presented by the BBC and the British Library (on the Library’s premises) in March 2007. Juwon sang songs composed by Ignatius Sancho (the 18th century Black British composer) at this event. You can hear the performance at BBC London’s Abolition web page by following the “British Library Music” link.

Juwon also sang in concert performances of Scott Joplin’s opera “Treemonisha” — also linked to the Abolition anniversary.

In May 2007, Juwon performed a song recital entitled “From the Streets to the Salons” at Burgh House, New End Square, London NW3. The programme featured art and folk songs from Argentina, Spain and France. He has also sung recently in several concerts featuring highlights from “The Golden Penguin” — an opera by Ukranian composer Alla Sirenko. In August 2007, Juwon performed the premiere of a new song cycle he composed — “Dialogues with the Great Spirit” at the Composition in Africa and the Diaspora Symposium, held at Churchill College, Cambridge. In the latter part of 2007, Juwon sang the role of Colline in Suffolk Opera’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme in Bury St Edmunds. He also featured in more performances of “Treemonisha” for Black History Month and as a solo singer-musician with Union Dance Company, touring with their “Heaven on Earth” programme all over the UK. Juwon continued touring with Union Dance into the spring of 2008. He also had a performance filmed of his own song cycle — “Dialogues with the Great Spirit”. Video clips of this recording can be found at Juwon’s YouTube channel and on Facebook and MySpace.

In 2009 Juwon formed a new group to perform his own songs, called “Juwon Ogungbe Trio”. This group performs regularly in London venues.  Please visit Juwon’s website for more information about his work.

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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