Clatterbridge Cancer Charity – Fairy Appeal 2020

Clatterbridge Cancer Charity – Fairy Appeal 2020

"1 in 2 of us will develop cancer in our lifetime, and when Kathryn Rudge's Dad was diagnosed in 2005, her and her family's world was turned upside down. Now a Clatterbridge Patron, Kathryn tells us what it was like to experience the care and support Clatterbridge...

Song Recital Leigh Music Society

Song Recital Leigh Music Society

This year marks the 47th Season of Leigh Music Society and it was a pleasure to perform a recital with Duncan Glenday on 2nd Feb 2020. The Society present seven concerts a year between September and March on Sunday afternoons in the Derby Room, above the library...

Lyndale Cancer Support Centre Concert

Lyndale Cancer Support Centre Concert

On Friday 24th January 2020 I performed a concert for Lyndale Cancer Support Centre. The concert was the first event of its kind for the Centre; held at Volair in Huyton. I was so thrilled to sing with our local community choir Mersey Wave Music and their musical...

Mahler Symphony No.2 Kings College Chapel, Cambridge

Mahler Symphony No.2 Kings College Chapel, Cambridge

On Saturday 18th January 2020 I performed as part of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.2 at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge for the Cambridge University Music Society . Andrew Gourlay conducted members of the Cambridge University Sinfonia and Wind Orchestra and the...

Music in Hospitals and Care UK – RNCM

Music in Hospitals and Care UK – RNCM

It was a great privilege to perform in a concert with violinist Rachel Podger and pianist Christopher Glynn in November 2019; we were supporting the wonderful work of Music in Hospitals and Care UK! It was also so special to return to sing at Royal Northern College of...

R-Charity Arriva Scouse 5K

R-Charity Arriva Scouse 5K

"There is only today!"  This 5k was so much fun - a great route around Liverpool city centre. Brilliant wigs and outfits and Scouse spirit! We 'legged it' round town for a great causes. I ran for wonderful R-Charity the charity for Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen...

Live at St Wilfrid’s 2019

Live at St Wilfrid’s 2019

Live at St Wilfrid’s is an annual series of live classical music concerts that take place at St Wilfrid’s Church - located, in a picturesque village on Church Lane, in the oldest part in Grappenhall, Warrington. Grappenhall is not too far from both Liverpool and...

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre 60th Anniversary Concert

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre 60th Anniversary Concert

I was delighted to return to sing for the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and their Charity Carol Concert this year. The concert was a festive celebration of music, art and poetry for their 'landmark' 60th anniversary year - Congratulations to everyone involved and thank...

Sea Pictures at Scarborough – Ryedale Festival

Sea Pictures at Scarborough – Ryedale Festival

Scarborough Spa, Ryedale Festival Every year, the Ryedale Festival welcomes outstanding performers from all over the world, both established and emerging, to perform a wide-ranging and distinctive programme in the many spectacular venues in and around Ryedale, North...

Remembering Ferrier – Uppermill Music Festival

Remembering Ferrier – Uppermill Music Festival

Uppermill, Music Festival I was so glad to be able to return to the Uppermill Summer Music Festival in July 2018 - I had a great afternoon (giving a 'masterclass' (never like that title!)) meeting two young students Caroline and Mia students from Junior Royal Northern...

Our Lady’s Bishop Eton Primary School

Our Lady’s Bishop Eton Primary School

Liverpool, Our Lady’s Bishop Eton School Thanks so much to Our Lady’s Bishop Eton School and music teacher Leighton Jones for inviting me into school this Summer!   I loved meeting everyone and hearing the children sing at their special assembly with the whole school...

Dream of Gerontius – Canterbury Cathedral

Dream of Gerontius – Canterbury Cathedral

ELGAR, CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL I feel really lucky to have performed Elgar’s wonderful ‘Dream of Gerontius’ in two magnicent historical chapels this year.  Performing ‘Gerontius’ in Cambridge had been so memorable and I had to pinch myself again during the rehearsals in...

Portaferry Song Recital

Portaferry Song Recital

Portaferry, Northern Ireland had a wonderful time performing a recital of songs with brilliant James Baillieu in beautiful Portaferry Northern Ireland at the Portico of Ards. The annual four day classical music festival called, Festiv'Ards 'celebrates the best in...

Mersey Wave Stand up to Cancer Bake Off 2018

Mersey Wave Stand up to Cancer Bake Off 2018

Hale Village, Merseyside We held a “Mersey Wave Stand up to Cancer Bake Off” at Hale Village Hall on Saturday 12th May 2018. Raising over £1,000 for the charity and it brought people together from across Halton and Merseyside to enjoy an evening filled with live music...

Easter at Kings

Easter at Kings

KINGS COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE On 30th March 2018 (Good Friday) I performed the role of the Angel in Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius‘ broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from the magnificent setting of the Kings Chapel at Kings College Cambridge. Performing the piece too were...

Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

Eaton Estate, Chester The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity marked the end of a landmark year with a unique carol concert and it was a big honour for me to be asked to sing. The concert took place at the historic Eaton Chapel on the Duke of Westminster’s Eaton Estate, near...

BBC New Generation Artist Scheme

BBC New Generation Artist Scheme

Maida Vale, London  I recorded my final sessions at Maida Vale Studios for the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme (NGA) this week with pianist Christopher Glynn which included songs by Chausson, Mahler and Strauss for broadcast by BBC Radio 3 - it’s been a real honour...

Remembrance Day Song Recital

Remembrance Day Song Recital

Lady Lever, Wirral   Remembrance Sunday Concert with Naomi Kayayan at the Lady Lever Art Gallery 

Recording: De Falla Spanish Songs

Recording: De Falla Spanish Songs

*BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists* #Recording De Falla Spanish Songs for BBC Radio 3 with guitarist Thibaut Garcia A post shared by Kathryn Rudge (@kathryn.rudge) on Nov 3, 2017 at 12:54am PDT  

Karl Jenkins Autumn Tour

Karl Jenkins Autumn Tour

*Sir Karl Jenkins Autumn Tour* beautiful #concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall! #touring #thearmedman #thearmedmanamassforpeace A post shared by Kathryn Rudge (@kathryn.rudge) on Oct 22, 2017 at 5:22pm PDT   *Sir Karl Jenkins Autumn Tour* Amazing atmosphere at The...

Song Recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival 2017

Song Recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival 2017

*Song Recital Oxford Lieder Festival* with Christopher Glynn at #holywellmusicroom #Schubert #Schumann #Strauss A post shared by Kathryn Rudge (@kathryn.rudge) on Oct 19, 2017 at 4:14pm PDT

The Rheingau Musik Festival: Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

The Rheingau Musik Festival: Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

*Rheingau Musik Festival - The Dream of Gerontius* Kathryn Rudge mezzosoprano, Brenden Gunnell tenor, Markus Eiche baritone, Philharmonia Chorus, Symphoniker Hamburg, Paul McCreesh conductor A post shared by Kathryn Rudge (@kathryn.rudge) on Sep 11, 2017 at 11:57pm...

Role of Nancy: Albert Herring Britten

Role of Nancy: Albert Herring Britten

*Buxton Festival Opera* Britten's Albert Herring #cast A post shared by Kathryn Rudge (@kathryn.rudge) on Jul 7, 2017 at 12:39am PDT  

Glynde Place Song Recital

Glynde Place Song Recital

*Glynde Place Song Recital* First concert of the Glynde place concert series in the newly restored gallery ???? #Lieder #Englishsong A post shared by Kathryn Rudge (@kathryn.rudge) on Jun 12, 2017 at 2:03pm PDT

BBC Proms Debut

BBC Proms Debut

    I was thrilled to make my BBC Proms debut in the stunning setting of the Old Royal Naval Chapel in Greenwich on Saturday 6th August 2016.  David Hill conducted this ‘Proms at…” premier of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the BBC singers which was...

Somme and Beyond Concert

Somme and Beyond Concert

Concert to commemorate the "Battle of the Somme" in collaboration with the Royal British Legion and St George's Hall Liverpool. As part of my work with Mersey Wave Community Music project, a concert in collaboration with the Royal British Legion was presented at St...

Royal British Legion Concert

Royal British Legion Concert

Concert to commemorate the “Battle of the Somme” in collaboration with the Royal British Legion and St George’s Hall Liverpool. Mersey Wave Music We curated a concert in collaboration with the Royal British Legion which was presented at St George’s Hall Concert Room,...

English Music Festival/ Kennedy Strauss Prize Concert

English Music Festival/ Kennedy Strauss Prize Concert

ENGLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL I performed a recital with pianist James Baillieu at the English Musical Festival in beautiful Dorchester on Thames  on  30th May 2016. The English Music Festival is an annual four-day event dedicated to the performances of works by British...

RNCM Gala Dinner 2016

RNCM Gala Dinner 2016

The Royal Northern College of Music Gala Dinner took place on 16th April 2016 and it was a great honour to be invited as a special guest and to have the opportunity to speak and perform with pianist Ben Powell at the event. It was a great evening of food, drink and...

Adelson e Salvini, Opera Rara

Adelson e Salvini, Opera Rara

In April 2016 I returned to Opera Rara in the role of Fanny for the recording of Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini.     Vincenzo Bellini was one of the most important composers of Italian opera in his time. He was born in 1801 in Catanina, Sicily, to a family...

Love Sought

Love Sought

Roxanna Panufnik's "Love Sought" for Mezzo-Soprano, Viola and Piano World Premier will take place live on Radio 3 In Tune 22nd April 2016, Stratford upon Avon. Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for its BBC Shakespeare Festival 2016 marking 400 years since the Bard's death....

Recording Donald Swann songs at Potton Hall

Recording Donald Swann songs at Potton Hall

In February 2016 I spent some time on the Suffolk coast recording a new CD of Donald Swann's Art Songs and Cycles. The Musical Director is Christopher Glynn and the project was initiated by baritone Leon Berger who was for several years a collaborator with the late...

Celebrate a Liverpool Life R Charity

Celebrate a Liverpool Life R Charity

The R Charity "Celebrate a Liverpool Life" concert took place at the Liverpool Cathedral on 4th December 2015. It was a great pleasure to return to sing for such a special night! The evening included a fantastic programme of songs, readings and congregational carols...

Leoncavallo’s Zaza at Opera Rara

Leoncavallo’s Zaza at Opera Rara

In November 2015 I joined Opera Rara for rehearsals, a CD recording and a concert performance of Leoncavallo’s opera Zaza in the role of Natalia. Leoncavallo's Zaza was premiered in 1900, when Arturo Toscanini conducted at Milan's Teatro Lirico. Leoncavallo had...

BBC RADIO 3 “IN THE HOUSE” THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER

BBC RADIO 3 “IN THE HOUSE” THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER

On 3rd November 2016 I was invited by BBC Radio 3 to perform at the Palace of Westminster for “BBC Radio 3 in The House”. It was so exciting entering this historic building... and squishing my concert dress through the security x-ray machine for the first time at the...

BARBER OF SEVILLE ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA 2015

BARBER OF SEVILLE ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA 2015

In September 2015 I made my debut in the role of Rosina in the revival of English National Opera’s award-winning production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.  It was a privilege to return to ENO to perform in Jonathan’s Miller’s elegant and much loved production of...

Cosi Fan Tutte Garsington Rehearsals

Cosi Fan Tutte Garsington Rehearsals

  Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte opens at Garsington Opera at Wormsley on Friday 5th June 2015 and I have been loving every minute of playing the role of Dorabella!  Rehearsals began at 3 Mills in April and it has been a pleasure working with this great team under the...

Così fan Tutte performances 2015

Così fan Tutte performances 2015

I had a wonderful time performing in the role of Dorabella at Garsington in 2015. It was brilliant driving into the beautiful grounds of the Getty Estate at Wormsley each day, the “Garsington experience” is really magical for both the audience and performers....

FA Cup Fans Choir 2015

FA Cup Fans Choir 2015

I was invited to be a judge for the BBC Songs of Praise Fans Choir this month. Sixty-four football fans were chosen to represent their football club and sing on the pitch at Wembley before the FA Cup Final.  Over 1,300 people applied to take part in the unique...

Wells Cathedral – Elgar’s The Kingdom

Wells Cathedral – Elgar’s The Kingdom

On 28th March 2015 I was the mezzo soloist for Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society's The Kingdom Op 51 by Edward Elgar with the Southern Sinfonia conducted by Matthew Owens. It was a great day filled with Elgar's stunning music! The Kingdom was first performed in 1906 at...

RLPO 175th Concert

RLPO 175th Concert

On 12th and 14th March 2015 I performed in two very special concerts with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir as they celebrated their 175th Anniversary. The sell-out concerts marked the occasion of the first concert the Liverpool Philharmonic Society...

Mersey Wave Concert – February

Mersey Wave Concert – February

Mersey Wave Choir, Young Singers and Fron Male Voice Choir raised the roof on St Ambrose Church, Speke, Liverpool on 20th February 2015 for a special concert called 'World in Union.' The audience were treated to gorgeous singing from the 'Voices of Valley' and Mersey...

Valentines with RLPO

Valentines with RLPO

I joined tenor Jesús León for a Valentine’s Day Concert with Conductor Phillipe Bach and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 14th February 2015.   We enjoyed rehearsing at The Friary, Everton and then we were off...

YCAT at 30 Concert

YCAT at 30 Concert

Young Classical Artist Trust is celebrating 30 years! I sang in a lovely concert in January 2015 with soprano Ailish Tynan and pianist James Baillieu which took place at the beautiful house of Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis. Set up in 1984 YCAT provides a unique stepping...

Champs Hill Music Room

Champs Hill Music Room

On 21st October 2014 I performed an afternoon song recital with James Baillieu at Champs Hill Music Room, West Sussex. The recital marked the launch of our first disc together, 'Love's Old Sweet Song.' The repertoire of songs and ballads we performed and recorded were...

About

Mezzo soprano Kathryn Rudge was born in Liverpool in 1986. Named as The Times ‘Rising Star of Classical Music and described as ‘One of Britain’s brightest young mezzos’ (What’s On Stage). Kathryn is a highly versatile artist performing in operas, concerts, song recitals with a growing discography of critically acclaimed recordings. Her voice is celebrated by audiences and critics alike.

 “It doesn’t take long (five notes maybe) to hear why people are excited. Her mezzo-soprano voice already has tremendous reserves of power, impeccable intonation, the capacity for a gloriously sustained legato and, most interesting of all, a distinctive vocal quality. The timbre has white-hot intensity…” (The Times)

“This charismatic singer, with her immaculate diction, knows how to stir the heart, and one hardly dares to predict what is to come.” (Opera Magazine)

Kathryn was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist (2015-17), an English National Opera Harewood Artist, YCAT artist and she is an Associate Artist of Royal Northern College of Music where she studied (2004-2011) voice with Susan Roper, graduating with BMus.1st class hons, PG Dip and International Artist Diploma. Nominated in the Young Artist category of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and she has been the recipient of numerous awards.