Kathryn’s debut album with pianist James Baillieu with Champs Hill Records “Loves Old Sweet Song” released on 2nd February 2015.
“Kathryn and James present a recital disc of songs and ballads in English, written between 1823 and 1945 by British composers whose lives were affected by the great war.
Amongst the selection of songs are nostalgic gems by Eric Coates, Alan Murray, Ivor Novello (We’ll Gather Lilacs) and Haydn Wood’s famous songs of the First World War, Roses of Picardy.
Also included are Roger Quilter’s beautifully melodic Seven Elizabethan Songs and some passionate songs by Edward Elgar, written prior to the outbreak of WW1. Works composed by serving WW1 soldiers include: William Denis Brown (To Gratiana Dancing and Singing) and Ivor Gurney’s haunting compositions from the trenches, Severn Meadows and By a Bierside.
The selection concludes with Frank Bridge’s dramatic Love went a-Riding (1914) and Benjamin Britten’s setting of the timeless Last Rose of Summer.
Kathryn writes “The sentiments of these pieces still resonate strongly in our lives today, never more so than when we remember them in relation to the events of the past.”
Love’s Old Sweet Song CD available to purchase here: £10.99 (inc. P&P)
The world premiere recording of Michael Nyman’s Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial will be officially released on CD on 3rd November 2014. The recording featuring the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Kathryn, who sang the names of the 96 supporters who tragically lost their lives, was commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial 2014 with a world premier performance on 5th July 2014 at Liverpool Cathedral.
“Nyman’s emotionally charged opening movement respectfully sets the names of the 96 victims to music. This powerful opening section, ‘The Singing of the Names’, is elegantly performed by the Liverpool born mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge. The names of the 96 are included within the booklet notes along with Michael’s own thoughts written especially for this album release.”
Joseph Vicent conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra who perform alongside the Liverpool Youth and Training Choirs.
Testimonies from the world premiere performance:
Jill Thompson “It was truly moving and incredibly powerful….thank you”
Bryan Shearer “An experience we will never forget”
Ray Wood “A fitting tribute to the 96…..full of reverence and hope”
James Hughes “a magnificent tribute – so very beautiful. The sections with the soloist and children’s choirs were particularly moving and I know that I was not the only one brought to tears by the whole experience.”
(Courtesy of Michael Nyman Records)
Kathryn was thrilled to be invited to perform at the concluding concert of this year’s Windsor Festival on Sunday 28th September 2014 at Holy Trinity Garrison Church in St Leonards Road. The concert entitled ‘In Flanders Fields’ paid tribute to those who fought in the First World War and was attended by HRH The Earl of Wessex.
Kathryn performed a medley of wartime songs with the Band of the Household Cavalry under the direction of Bandmaster WO1 Colin Hales. Songs included; ‘Pack up your Troubles,’ ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary,’ ‘Those Magnificent Men and their flying Machines!’ and in the second half ‘The Holy City’ and ‘Sleep’ by Ivor Gurney.
Band of the Household Cavalry, Kathryn Rudge
The concert will be broadcast by Classic FM at a later date
On 5th July 2014 Kathryn was honoured to perform in the world premier of Michael Nyman’s Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth & Training Choirs conducted by Joseph Vicent. The performances took place in the beautiful setting of Liverpool Cathedral.
Liverpool Biennial, in partnership with Liverpool Philharmonic and Liverpool Cathedral presented this specially composed work by Michael Nyman. Liverpool City Council supported the work as one of the major new arts commissions for the Liverpool International Festival for Business.
A special performance of the symphony was attended by representatives of the families of the 96 victims and local dignitaries during the afternoon of 5th July and the evening performance was open to the general public. In the first movement of this moving symphony Kathryn sang the names of the 96 victims tragically killed at Hillsborough. Both performances received standing ovations.
“As each name soared skywards, carefully enunciated in Rudge’s rich mezzo, the orchestration shifted and eddied, sweeping in lovely descending and then ascending melodic motion” Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo. 6th July 2014.
“The first movement, The Singing of the Names, was originally performed in Liverpool to mark the city’s hosting of Euro 96. It took approximately 15 minutes for Merseyside-born mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge to intone a litany of the 96 victims in a steadily rising tessitura ….a sublimely moving conception” Alfred Hickling, Guardian, 7th July 2014.
“The opening movement is given over to the singing of the 96 names by celebrated mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge, an emotional moment for their families…..” Gerry Corner, Liverpool Confidential, 7th July 2014.
A recording of the symphony will be played in Liverpool Cathedral at 15:06 on Wednesday 6th August, Monday 25th August, Wednesday 3rd September and Wednesday 17th September 2014.
Kathryn has been working with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Josep Vicent recording composer Michael Nyman’s new work the Hillsborough Memorial Symphony which has been commissioned by Liverpool Biennial.
Two performances of the hour long symphony will take place in the wonderful setting of Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday 5th July 2014 – one performance will be for the families of the 96 supporters who died in the 1989 tragedy, along with civic representatives. The second will be a public performance in the evening. Kathryn will have the honour of singing the names of the 96.
Michael Nyman, Kathryn Rudge and Brendan Ball. Hillsborough Memorial Symphony at The Friary, Liverpool
In addition to the live performances of the Symphony, the recording will be played in the cathedral at 3.06pm on the following dates:- 9th &23rd July, 6th & 25th August, 3rd and 17th September 2014.
Tickets for the 7.30pm public performance of the Hillsborough Memorial symphony go on sale on Monday 12th May 2014 at 10am, costing £10. Call 0151-709 3789 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com
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Kathryn was delighted to sing in the glorious setting of the Royal Albert Hall in London on Friday 9th May 2014 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Choral Society under the baton of Karl Jenkins for his 70th Birthday Concert. The celebratory concert included pieces from the composers works ‘Stabat Mater’, ‘The Peacemakers’, ‘Euphonium Concerto’, ‘Requiem’, ‘The Armed Man’ and ‘The Adiemus Collection’. Kathryn performed the Lament and Ave verum from Stabat Mater and Pie Jesu from Requiem.
Kathryn performs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Jenkins and Royal Choral Society at the Royal Albert Hall
In the autumn of 2014 Karl Jenkins will undertake a UK tour and Kathryn will also be performing in these concerts to be held at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham (1st November 2014), The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (2nd November 2014), and a concert (The Armed Man & Euphonium Concerto) with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in St David’s Hall Cardiff (30th November 2014).
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Kathryn is honoured to be performing in Composer Michael Nyman’s Hillsborough Memorial Symphony with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She will sing the names of the 96 football fans who died at Hillsborough as part of a new symphony commemorating the disaster by composer Michael Nyman.
Symphony No 11: Hillsborough Memorial will also be performed with the RLPO and the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth and Training Choirs, conducted by Josep Vicent at the city’s Cathedral during the opening of the Liverpool Biennial on Saturday 5 July. It is based on a work Nyman – well known for film scores such as The Piano and Gattaca – wrote in 1985 and subsequently used in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover starring Helen Mirren, and is something he hopes will make ‘a small but significant contribution to the healing process still necessary for the families of lost fans.’
Talking of the tragedy, which followed Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in April 1989, Mayor Joe Anderson said: ‘We will never forget those who lost their lives at Hillsborough, or the impact it had on their bereaved families. The anger, pain and sorrow they have felt for the past 25 years is shared by everyone in Liverpool, and by thousands of others across Merseyside, across the country and around the world.
‘Memorials are a symbol of our solidarity and support for the families, and Nyman’s specially-commissioned piece of music will be a moving and unforgettable tribute.’
Kathryn, who was born in Liverpool and has supported Liverpool FC all her life.
The Liverpool Biennial’s Director, Sally Tallant has announced the programme of events for 2014. This year’s event will take place from 5 July – 26 October. One of the highlights of the opening weekend will be the concert at Liverpool Cathedral on the evening of Saturday 5 July at which the specially composed new work Symphony No 11: Hillsborough Memorial will be performed.
Kathryn is performing in the role of Hermia in Opera North’s production of Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ until 22nd November 2013. The production was directed by Martin Duncan and Conducted by Stuart Stratford. The critically acclaimed performances took place in Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham.
“The singing and acting of Opera North’s quartet were exemplary, Hermia was endowed with a very individual personality by the shrewdly observed nuances, vocal and dramatic, of the mezzo Kathryn Rudge”.
Opera Magazine, Michael Kennedy, December 2013
“Mezzo Kathryn Rudge as a sexy Hermia - Rudge’s vocal liquidity and her rich creamy tone made such an impression here as Annio La Clemenza di Tito last season.”
Opera Britannia, Geoffrey Mogridge, 30th September 2013*****
There is plenty of strongly contrasting bitchiness when Helena and Hermia are exchanging insults. Hermia’s (Kathryn Rudge’s ) rendition of “How low am I, thou painted maypole”, and Helena’s reaction , are really enjoyable.”
Bachtrack, Richard Wilcocks, 30th September 2013
Photo: Tristram Kenton