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The Melicus Duo:- Marie Vassiliou - soprano with Nico de Villiers (piano)

Wed Jan 16th 2013, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ


If Music be the food of love...

If Music be the food of Love (Purcell)

Music for a While (Purcell)

An die Musik (Schubert)
Widmung (Schumann)

An eine Äolsharfe (Wolf)

Ständchen (Schubert)

Caecilie (Strauss)

La flute enchantee (Ravel)
Clair de lune (Fauré)

Violon (Poulenc)
La Maja y el Ruisenor (Granados)

Music when soft voices die (Quilter)
Music I heard with you (Hageman)

Let my songs fill your heart (Ernest Charles)

Marie Vassiliou

Marie Vassiliou studied singing and viola at the Royal College of Music and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal and the Constant & Kit Lambert Fellowship.

In opera her work in Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, USA & UK has included: Anne Trulove, La Calisto, Carmen, Dido, Gilda, Governess, Ilia, Jenufa, Leila, Micaela, Mimi, Nedda, Pamina, Tatyana, Violetta, Foreign Princess (Rusalka) & Maliella (Jewels of the Madonna). Handelian roles include: title role (Il Pastor Fido), Theodora, Emira (Siroe), Poppea (Agrippina).
Contemporary roles performed include: Belisa (The Nightingale’s to Blame) by Simon Holt, Austrian premiere; Desiree (Jago) by Mike Westbrook, world premiere; Florence Nightingale (Mary Seacole) by Richard Chew and Mathilda (Cape Gloss) by Mike Westbrook, world premiere of a one-woman opera written especially for Marie.

She has appeared widely in the UK as a soloist in oratorio and concert, including appearances at: Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Purcell Room and St John’s, Smith Square and with such conductors as Martyn Brabbins, Sir Andrew Davis, Edward Gardner, Vernon Handley, Wayne Marshall, Peter Rundel, Clark Rundell and Sir David Willcocks. Works performed include Bach’s Jauchzet Gott, Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Ravel’s Sheherazade and Strauss’ 4 Last Songs. She has a special interest in song repertoire and works and performs regularly with her duo partner, pianist, Nico de Villiers. She has also appeared at leading festivals, such as Huddersfield Contemporary and BBC Proms. Her performances have been broadcast live by Radio France, BBC Radio 3 & 4 and Classic FM.

She has performed with Baroque groups such as the Early Opera Company, Janiculum, Purcell Quartet, and at such festivals as the Palermo Scarlatti Festival and the Eisenstadt Haydn Festival, as well as with contemporary ensembles, such as Composer’s Ensemble, Continuum Ensemble, Contemporary Consort, Endymion, Ensemble 10/10 and the Philharmonia (Music of our Time series). She has made several commercial recordings of Baroque & contemporary works and is currently preparing a new disc of American song to be recorded in June 2013.

Marie is particularly noted as a gifted interepreter of contemporary music. She has given British premieres of works by Dutilleux, Tippett and Judith Weir and world premieres of works written especially for her by Richard Chew, Jacques Cohen, Anthony Gilbert & Kenneth Hesketh. Engagements have included: Tippett’s The Heart’s Assurance (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; also Poland premiere at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival), Julian Anderson’s Seadrift (BBC Proms season), Anthony Gilbert’s Beastly Jingles (Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia), Gilbert’s Long White Moonlight (Purcell Room with Endymion), Arlene Sierra’s 3 Descriptions (Royal Opera House Crush Room), Stumbling Over Infinity (opera by Harvey Brough, Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House). She has had the honour of performing many scores in the presence of their composers, including Julian Anderson, George Benjamin, Henri Dutilleux, Anthony Gilbert, Ken Hesketh, Joaquin Rodrigo, Sir Michael Tippett, Judith Weir, Mike Westbrook and Hugh Wood.
Recent operatic premieres have included: Aashi in‘Yes’ by Errollyn Wallen (Linbury Studio, ROH2) and Miss Havisham in the one-woman opera, ‘The Lady of Satis House’ written especially for Marie by Jacques Cohen (Tête à Tête opera festival).

Marie is passionate about encouraging others to sing. She has been invited to adjudicate and give workshops at Chichester College, Peter Symonds College, Winchester and Leeds College of Music. Marie is also a member of staff in the vocal department of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Nico de Villiers

The South African born pianist Nico de Villiers is an accompanist and coach based in London, England. He holds degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He regularly accompanies singers and instrumentalists in recitals and competitions. He also enjoys working closely with voice teachers and accompanies in the private studio of various voice teachers including Barbara Bonney in Salzburg and Janice Chapman and Yvonny Kenny in London.

Since his Kennedy Center debut in Washington D.C., Nico performed across the UK and Europe, most recently at the Barbican Centre in London and the Birmingham Symphony Hall.  He performed in recital alongside Joan Rogers, Malcolm Martineau and Gary Griffiths at the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2009. In 2010 Nico performed with Barbara Bonney in a “Barbara Bonney and Friends” performance at the Salzburg Mozarteum Grosser Saal. He also joined Barbara Bonney as accompanist in masterclasses at the 9th International Voice Symposium at the Salzburger Festspielhaus.

He has been engaged as coach at the Inernational Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic as well as the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. He furthermore worked as coach at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden and the University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Free State in South Africa.

Some recent performances include recitals in South Africa, Sweden, Germany and Austria. Future engagements include recitals across the UK, Germany and South Africa.

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Venue: St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church

St. Sepulchre, The Musicans Church

Photographs of St Sepulchre at the Flickr website


St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, also known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Holborn), is an Anglican church in the City of London. It is located on Holborn Viaduct, almost opposite the Old Bailey. In medieval times it stood just outside ("without") the now-demolished old city wall, near the Newgate. It has been a living of St John's College, Oxford, since 1622.

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