A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Join with us for a spectular evening of Gilbert and Sullivan classics performed by the finest singers in the North of England. Featuring: The Mikado, Ruddigore, The Pirates of Penzance and many more G&S favourites.
The performers for the concert are: Rachel Harrison: Soprano, Rowena Burton: Mezzo-Soprano, Stephen Muir: Tenor, John Patchett: Bass, and accompanied by Jonathan Ellis on our very own Brighouse Arts Festival grand piano.
The evening will be full of Gilbert and Sullivan gems, songs, duets, trios and quartets from the operettas: The Mikado, Ruddigore, Pirates of Penzance and many more. There is also a chance for audience participation in some well-known chorus favourites. An evening not to be missed.
Rachel Harrison studied at the University of St Andrews and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has performed with leading choral societies, which include the world’s oldest: the Halifax Choral Society. She has toured extensively with St Salvator’s Chapel Choir performing in Prague, Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Budapest and Madrid and has performed before HRH Prince William and at a concert for the United Nations Heads of State.
Rowena Burton was born in Spalding, and studied English at Leeds University. While there, she began to have singing lessons: her singing teachers have included James Ashworth and Llyndall Trotman. She has considerable experience as a singer of opera, oratorio and musical theatre and has toured Europe and Japan, most notably with West Yorkshire Savoyards as their principal mezzo-soprano.
Stephen Muir was born in Zambia, and trained at Birmingham University. He has worked extensively in the UK as a singer, percussionist and conductor including recordings and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. With the Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra under the direction of Peter Holman, he has sung JS Bach Evangelist roles on several occasions and appears regularly as
tenor soloist for choral societies across the North of England. He is Assistant Director of the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds and is Co-Director of Borealis Chamber Choir.
John Patchett first became involved with G&S whilst at university in Oxford appearing in various student productions. This continued while a post-graduate at Leeds (where he appeared on stage alongside tonights mezzo, Rowena Burton). His stage work has included opera (multiple solo roles in West Riding Opera), musicals (South Manchester Operatic Society) and of course, G&S (Harrogate G&S society). He has also appeared as the MIKADO with Doyle Carte principals at Gawsworth Hall in Cheshire.
Jonathan Ellis studied RNCM and Manchester University. He achieved a first class degree from both institutions plus the PPRNCM diploma in solo piano studying with John Gough, and afterwards attained postgraduate-level diplomas in accompaniment and chamber music under John Wilson. During his time at college, he was to win many prizes as an accompanist, plus the RNCM’s two major chamber music prizes with his trio, its annual Beethoven competition as a solo pianist, and subsequently the Audience Prize at the Intercollegiate Beethoven competition. He has also been a competitor in international piano competitions: besides making regular appearances with City of Manchester Opera, and the Buxton Festival Fringe – where he is three times the winner of the “Best Solo Musician” prize.