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Karl Jenkins National Tour 2013

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During November 2013 I performed  with Conductor Karl Jenkins’on his  national tour (2nd -17th Nov 2013) organised by Raymond Gubbay.  It is always exciting to have the opportunity to perform in some new venues .     It was my first visit to St. David’s Hall in Cardiff (home to the annual Welsh Proms and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition) and the Birmingham Symphony Hall – both beautiful venues .   We also travelled  back “up north” to perform at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

I first performed the Armed Man with Karl in Stoke-on-Trent  whilst still a student at the Royal Northern College of Music.   So it was fantastic to be able to join him again to explore and perform a broader range of  his moving music.

We were joined for the concerts  by  the Manchester Concert Orchestra, Manchester Chorale, City of Birmingham Choir, Sinfonia Cymru, Cor  Caerdydd and Zands Duggan (Hand Drummer & Percussion)

We performed  a new programme celebrating  Karl’s most popular works including The Armed Man, Palladio Passacaglia, Requiem, The Peacemakers and Stabat Mater.



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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