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Hillsborough Memorial Symphony Recording

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I am currently working on Michael Nyman’s new work ‘Hillsborough Memorial Symphony’ which has been commissioned by Liverpool Biennial. On Saturday 10th May recording began with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Josep Vicent at The Friary, Liverpool. Liverpool Philharmonic at The Friary is a great recording and rehearsal facility which opened in 2009 and was formally  St. Mary of the Angels church in Everton. Hearing the piece played there by the orchestra for the first time was incredible and I loved the session!

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.

I have the honour of singing the names of the 96.


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.

Photo above: Composer Michael Nyman, Kathryn and Brendan Ball (RLPO)

Photos from Brendan Ball:

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.

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