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Live at St Wilfrids

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On 1st February 2014 I performed a recital with pianist Daniel Browell as part of the “Live at St. Wilfrid’s” recital series.  The  organisers are celebrating their 23rd season of concerts which are planned on a monthly basis  – As well as encouraging young musicians they have played host to many internationally renowned artists.

St Wilfrid’s Church is in Grappenhall, a village in Warrington, Cheshire. The church is stunning and designated by English Heritage as a Grade 1 listed building.  The church has many really interesting features including  the carving of a cat above the large west window on the outside of the church   By its grinning expression, it is thought that this may well be the origin of the Cheshire Cat of Alice in Wonderland fame!!Sandstone_carving_of_'Cheshire_Cat',_St_Wilfrid's_Church,_Grappenhall
It was such a pleasure to sing in the beautiful setting of the church to a large audience. During the recital we performed a  programme of song repertoire including  Quilter, Tosti and Schubert Songs.

‘Live at St Wilfrid’s concerts take place throughout the year and further details can be found on their website.    Including a Royal Northern College of Music Opera Gala being held on Thursday 12th June 2014 –  An evening of opera classics and songs from the shows, including solos, duets and ensemble pieces, performed by talented singers from the Royal Northern College of Music.  Also, on Thursday 18th September 2014 pianist Martin Roscoe performs a programme including Mendelssohn,  Schubert, Liszt and Beethoven.



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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