Sunday 25 November 2018 Holy Trinity Church, Knaresborough
Soloists and players for 2018
Natasha Agarwal - Soprano
Natasha was born in Liverpool and began performing at a young age. She has studied with Caroline Crawshaw, Gaynor Keeble and Nuccia Focile. Numerous awards include “Liverpool’s Voice of the Year” and Rotary Young Musician National Final (3rd Place). Earlier this year she performed at the David Clover Singers’ Platform Day in Sheffield, where she won the Recital Prize final, came runner-up in the Opera Prize final and was awarded the Oratorio Prize.
Her oratorio repertoire as soprano soloist includes, Handel Messiah (Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral), Orff Carmina Burana (Coventry Cathedral), Rutter Requiem (Solihull Chandos Choir), Bach St Matthew Passion (Rainhill Music Festival), Handel Dixit Dominus (2nd sop – Southport Bach Choir), Bach Christmas Oratorio (University of Warwick Chamber Choir).
Her opera roles include Belinda Dido and Aeneas, Frasquita Carmen, Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow, Susanna The Marriage of Figaro, Adele Die Fledermaus and Carolina Il Matrimonio Segreto (which was performed at the Royal Opera House, Mumbai). She regularly gives recitals around the UK and has performed as a soloist in France, Holland and Italy, including the world première in Naples of a transcultural opera Evidence Frontières by Paul McGrath. She is also a trained dancer (ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz) and won the “All England Young Dancer of the Year”.
Natasha was a choral scholar at the University of Warwick, graduating with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Mathematics. She is now pursuing an MA in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she is part of the prestigious RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and has sung in masterclasses with Helmut Deutsch, Caitlin Hulcup and Jonathan Dove. Her studies are kindly supported by the Amery Scholarship and the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation.
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Amy Shaw (mezzo) was born in South Cumbria. She graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014 with an honors degree in music. She is currently studying voice with John Powell.
She has performed as a soloist for many societies and groups in the North of England including the choral societies of Preston, Fleetwood, Ambleside, Bolton, Salford, Sedbergh and Arnside. The varied repertoire has included Elgar’s The Music Makers, Handel’s Messiah, Dvorak’s Mass in D major, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Amy became a member of the Manchester Opera Ensemble in Autumn 2016 and performed in their December production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica at Manchester Central Library in support of the Women’s Equality party.
Amy has been a finalist of the David Clover Festival for the past two years and was awarded the Andrew Colt French Song prize in January 2017. In the 2018 competition Amy won the Lesley Garrett Opera Prize and the Gold Award for British Song. She has attended the Arran Summer school where she received vocal tuition from Peter Wilson, Patricia McMahon, Alec Crowe and John Fisher.
In addition to solo work, Amy is an experienced choral singer and has been a member of the University of Manchester Chamber Choir, Ad Solem, and Manchester based ensembles Melodico and Kantos Chamber Choir.
Amy is currently the Head of Music at Settle College in North Yorkshire.
She is also a singing tutor in schools around Cumbria. In September 2018 she will begin her postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music.
Sean Brines (tenor) is 25 years old, originally from Northern Ireland, with a background in not only classical music but Folk and traditional Irish music. He is a recent graduate from The University of Huddersfield and has achieved a Bachelor of Music degree (Hons). Sean is currently employed by Bradford Cathedral as the tenor choral scholar and will continue with this post for the next year, before progressing onto music college to complete a masters in performance. Sean has recently performed the tenor solos from Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with The University of Huddersfield Chamber Choir, Outlane Singers and Holmfirth Choral Society. Sean has also recently performed the solos from Dvorak’s Stabat Mater’and Mass in D with The Huddersfield Singers. Sean’s last major performances on stage; Bedfordshire Youth Opera performing the role of Frederick’from Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’, and Candide from Bernstein’s ‘Candide’. He has also recently performed in Slaithwaite-Philharmonic’s production of 'Sweeney Todd' and Britten’s 'Noye's Fludde’.
Jack Holton (baritone) grew up in Medway, Kent, and is currently undertaking his postgraduate studies at GSMD, having completed his undergraduate studies there.
So far in 2018, he has sung the baritone solos in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Stainer's The Crucifixion and Handel's Messiah, the role of Christus in Bach’s St. Mark’s Passion, was a chorus section leader in the ROH’s The Return of Ulysses at Camden's Roundhouse, covered the role of Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for Nevill Holt Opera.
Also this academic year, he sang in the Princes des Ténèbres semi-chorus in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust in the Barbican Hall with the LSO under Sir Simon Rattle, and was the baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Finzi's In Terra Pax with the Chipping Campden Festival Chorus.
During the summer of 2018, he co-conducted a series of workshops with primary and secondary school children on Der Fliegende Holländer for Longborough Opera, for whom he played the role of Charon and sang in the chorus of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice in 2017.
In 2016, he performed the roles of Don Giovanni with The Ludlow Orchestra; Vulture in Boys of Paradise (Salorian), and Elder Brother in The Hogboon (Maxwell-Davies) with the LSO under Sir Simon Rattle.
This academic year he is generously supported by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Adrian Selway organ became an organist and choirmaster in his early teens, studying under Gwilym Isaac, Sub Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. He went on to study organ with Eric Chadwick and also piano, cello and choir training at The Royal Manchester College of Music. Graduating with ‘Special Merit in Performance’ and having gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists he continued his education at Newton Park College in Bath and was appointed Assistant Director of Music at The Royal Masonic Boys School in Bushey. Further teaching appointments included Head of music at Ripon Grammar School and Director of Music at The Royal Merchant Navy School, Bearwood College in Wokingham. Adrian has toured widely as a recitalist and was Organ Tutor at Harrogate Ladies College for many years touring with the Director of Music and the Chapel Choir, playing in many of our cathedrals and also to Paris, playing at Notre Dame, St Eustace, La Madeleine and Chartres Cathedral. Adrian maintains his great interest in choir training and is currently Organist and Choirmaster at St Paul’s United Reformed Church in Harrogate and also teaches organ and piano at Ashville College. In his spare time, Adrian produces miniature watercolour paintings and builds dolls houses and miniature harpsichords.
Beryl Pankhurst harpsichord was born and educated in Liverpool and studied piano, organ and accompaniment at the Royal Manchester College of Music from which she graduated with distinction, also winning the Pinson prize for Bach playing. Although she has performed as soloist on many occasions, her main passion is in accompanying. She has been the official accompanist for the Harrogate Choral Society for over 30 years.
Fiona Mayo cello was born in Johannesburg, and enjoyed a delightful barefoot childhood surrounded by unusual pets. She demanded 'cello lessons at 9 and has played ever since. After spending 20 years in Norfolk, working in hospitals and schools, she came to Harrogate where she teaches and plays. Her interests include her garden, chameleons, border collies, champagne and repairing 'cellos.
Andrew Jackson trumpet is a founder member and former principal cornet with the Harrogate Band. He has performed as a soloist in York Minster, Ripon Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. His musical taste can be best described as eclectic. For the past fifteen years he has played bass guitar and trumpet with the popular function band The Nightjars, who play regularly across the U.K and Europe. Since taking early retirement five years ago from his job in banking I.T, music has become his full time occupation.
Nick Garrett trumpet is the principal cornet player and events manager for the Harrogate Brass Band and trumpet player for a function band Em and Them.
This year he launched the Harrogate Band's Women Make Music Campaign which has resulted in the Band premiering brand new works by upcoming composers. The Band have appeared on TV every year in the last 8 years Nick has been manager.
Nick made his Messiah debut last year.
Margaret Smith timpani was born in Scotland. She went to school in Portsmouth and London after which she went to the Royal Academy of Music where she studied piano and clarinet. Her Diploma in Education at Reading University included work on percussion. After teaching in Bath she moved to Harrogate Ladies’ College where she taught piano, clarinet and saxophone for many years. She recently retired and continues teaching in private practice. She performs regularly with Harrogate Philharmonic Orchestra and on an occasional basis for Ashville College. Other musical interests include choral singing, piano ensemble work and playing in a recorder consort.
David Andrews joins us again as Musical Director. As ever he has gathered a talented team of soloists and instrumentalists to support him. David is a highly experienced violinist, organist and choral conductor. He has been both the Deputy Head and Director of Music at Harrogate Ladies’ College and contributed substantially to musical life and education both locally and further afield.