Saturday, 20 August 2011

Free Song Recital in Glasgow


Margaret Walker, daughter of the Director of Music of RSCM Scottish Voices, will be presenting a song recital in St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road, Glasgow at 7pm on Friday 26 August 2011.

Margaret is studying in Cambridge, where she has been a choral scholar in the world famous choir at Trinity College, and has spent the last year studying singing at the Conservatorio G Tartini in Trieste. She will be accompanied by Timothy Ravalde, a former organ scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge and currently Assistant Organist at Chichester Cathedral. The programme, which will last about an hour, will include music by Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, Mozart, Bellini and Tosti. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.

Programme:

A. Vivaldi: “O servi, volate” from “Juditha Triumphans”
J. S. Bach: “Blute nur, du liebes Herz” from “St. Matthew Passion”
G. F. Handel: “Non disperar” and “Se pietà di me non senti” from “Giulio Cesare”
F. J. Haydn: “Nun beut die Flur das frische Grün” from “The Creation”
W. A. Mozart: “Als Luise die Briefe
V. Bellini: “L’Abbandono
V. Bellini: “Dolente immagine di Fille mia
F. P. Tosti: “Sogno
F. P. Tosti: “Il pescatore canta

Biographies:

MARGARET WALKER: Born in 1990, Margaret is in her Third Year studying Italian at Trinity College, Cambridge. She has just finished her year abroad where she studied singing at the Conservatorio G Tartini in Trieste.

Brought up in Glasgow, Margaret was a pupil at Notre Dame High School for Girls, was a member of the RSNO Junior Chorus for 11 years, and was also a member of the National Youth Choir of Scotland. She has sung in regular broadcasts on BBC Radios 2 and 4 with the Choir of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, and reached the finals of BBC Radio Young Chorister of the Year in 2006. Margaret has also featured on TV, twice featuring as a soloist on BBC ‘Songs of Praise’, and also singing solo on BBC Scotland’s Watchnight Service on Christmas Eve 2006. During her first two years at Cambridge, Margaret was a Choral Scholar in the choir of Trinity College, touring to Germany, California and Australia, and featured on several critically acclaimed CDs. In addition to her regular choir commitments, Margaret regularly performs in concerts, recitals and student operas. In June 2011, she returned to Cambridge to sing soprano in a one-to-a-part performance of the Bach St Matthew Passion with Nicholas Mulroy and Margaret Faultless, and also sang the soprano solos in the Mozart Coronation Mass in the St. John’s College Choir May Week Concert conducted by Andrew Nethsinga with members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Future projects include the role of Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance at the Minack Theatre, Penzance in September.

TIMOTHY RAVALDE: Timothy Ravalde is the Assistant Organist of Chichester Cathedral where he is responsible for accompanying the daily choral services and assisting with the training of the choir. He was educated at the Nelson Thomlinson School, Wigton. While in sixth form he was Organ Scholar of Carlisle Cathedral and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, before spending a year as Organ Scholar of Salisbury Cathedral. Timothy graduated from Cambridge University in 2010. As Organ Scholar of St John’s College he accompanied the choir for numerous tours, the famous annual Advent broadcasts and three critically acclaimed CD recordings with Chandos, as well as the daily chapel services. He also acted as Musical Director of the St John’s Singers, the College’s mixed voice choir and won the 2009 Brian Runnett Prize for organ playing. He has also recently been appointed Musical Director of Fernhurst Choral Society, and will take up this position in September 2011.

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