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English Music Festival/ Kennedy Strauss Prize Concert

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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 composers  – from the mediaeval period to the present day.  It was founded in 2006 and is organised by Em Marshall-Luck.  We performed songs by Elgar, Quilter, Bridge and a special commission for the festival  – a reconstruction by John Mitchell of  Peter Warlock’s ‘An Old Song.’

Our concert was performed in Dorchester Abbey (The Abbey Church of St. Peter and Paul) which is situated in the charming village of Dorchester on Thames.  The Abbey is such a stunning setting to perform in –  On the north wall of the chancel the window is a Tree of Jesse, combining tracery, sculpture and stained glass (all 14th Century).  We were so fortunate to be able to perform in front of the Great East stained glass window which is a masterpiece of medieval and Victorian craftsmen –  much of the glass is early 14th century.

Kathryn Rudge English Music Festival James Baillieu Dorchester Cathedral


The recital was introduced by a wonderful friend and supporter Andrew Neill. He is former Chair of the Elgar Society, Chairman of the Strauss Committee and treasurer of the Royal Northern College of Music’s Kennedy/Strauss award which I had the great honour of receiving during my studies at RNCM.

For more information about the English Music Festival please visit their website –

Joyce and Michael Kennedy Strauss Prize Fundraiser Concert 

It was also a great honour to be invited to perform alongside baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Christopher Glynn in a concert at the Royal Overseas League in the same month. The concert raised funds for the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Strauss Prize which is such a important award providing essential funding for students to continue their vocal studies. Representatives and friends of Royal Northern College of Music and also Joyce Kennedy were present at the evening.  We also celebrated the 70th birthday of Andrew Neil who had organised the concert.

The Royal Overseas London Clubhouse backs on to Green Park in London and is a beautiful Grade 1 listed building – It was a stunning venue for an evening of celebrations.  With thanks to Andrew and a really enthusiastic audience we concluded the programme by singing a big ‘happy birthday!’

Find out more about the Kennedy Strauss Prize which takes place annually at the Royal Northern College of Music here:

Kathryn Rudge Christopher Glynn Roderick williams RNCM Strauss Prize Royal Overseas League

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


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