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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 Houses of Parliament!

There was a lovely reception celebrating the diversity of BBC Radio 3 as controller Alan Davey introduced a new season of events and programmes including World on 3 BBC Introducing and Jazz on 3 with performances from artist Ngawang Lodup and fellow BBC New Generation artist Laura Jurd. I performed with pianist Christopher Glynn and it was a wonderful experience to sing in such an historic venue with a select number of artists. It was brilliant to meet fellow professionals from the industry and to see MPs there too. Tamsin Grieg performed a Shakespearian excerpt and read an inspiring passage from “The Book of Forgiving” by Desmond and Mpho Tutu. There was also a specially written poem read to music played by BBC orchestra players by “The Verb’s” Ian McMillan. Have a browse through Words and Music for more poems and prose read by leading actors, interspersed with classical music.

It was a really memorable evening and my first engagement as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

“We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew… Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful… and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things.” 
 Desmond Tutu

Kathryn is an opera singer, concert and song recitalist from Liverpool. Described by What's on Stage as 'One of Britain's brightest young mezzos' and named as The Times 'Rising Star of Classical Music.' Kathryn regularly works with leading singers, instrumentalists, orchestras and ensembles in concerts and broadcasts nationally and internationally.

Kathryn has performed leading opera roles for companies including English National Opera, Glyndebourne and Opera North. She has made recordings for Hyperion, Chandos, Somm, Nyman Records and her debut CD 'Love's Old Sweet Song' was released by Champs Hill Records. Kathryn was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist 2015-17.

Kathryn trained at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, studying voice with Susan Roper and piano with Naomi Kayayan. Her many awards include the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Richard Strauss, Susan Chilcott Scholarship and The Joaninah Trust Award. Kathryn is an Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music and teaches singing at The University of Manchester.

Kathryn co-founded Mersey Wave Music Choir in 2012 in her home city of Liverpool and was recipient of the Merseyside Woman of the Year Arts Award in 2016. Kathryn has a passion for championing and supporting live music making within community and healthcare settings; especially to support staff, patients and relatives throughout healthcare. In loving memory of her parents who were both cancer patients.

Read More here: Music and Cancer


Copyright Kathryn Rudge 2019