It was a great pleasure to join Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier  and the Royal Northern  College of Music Symphony Orchestra for an evening of American Music at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.   The concert programme included orchestral pieces Bela Bartok’s ‘Concerto for Orchestra’ and the George Gershwin ‘Catfish Row’ (Symphonic Suite from Porgy and Bess).

The Bridgewater Hall is Manchester’s international concert venue and is a stunning building. It was such a wonderful experience to perform on the stage there and to sing Aaron Copland’s Old American songs with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra- “The Boatman’s Dance” “Simple Gifts” and “At the River.”

The evening was a terrific way to mark my long association with the RNCM and the completion of my studies there.  I was so thrilled to see so many familiar faces in the audience and to have such a memorable opportunity to say a fond farewell!

Kathryn x

Voice and Piano recording of Aaron Copland’s  Simple Gifts