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Valentines with RLPO

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I joined tenor Jesús León for a Valentine’s Day Concert with Conductor Phillipe Bach and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 14th February 2015.

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We enjoyed rehearsing at The Friary, Everton and then we were off to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall! It was my first concert there since the £13.8 million refurbishment of the hall began in 2014 which includes work on the 1930s Grade II listed building’s auditorium, front of house spaces, and backstage dressing rooms. An new exciting smaller-scale venue has also been created, named as the Music Room, that will be used for performances and learning programmes; there are also backstage production facilities, warm-up rooms, office accommodation, a music score library etc. and this will all be fully completed in Summer 2015… it’s looking brilliant! 

We had a great time performing for a sold out Valentine’s Day audience with a programme that included Bizet’s ‘Habanera’ from Carmen, Mascagni’s ‘Intermezzo’ from Cavalleria Rusticana and ‘Cherry Duet’ from L’amico Fritz Saint-Saëns’ ‘Mon Coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’ from Samson et Dalila, Donizetti Una Furtive Lagrima Tchaikovsky ‘Rose Adagio’ from Sleeping Beauty. The evening finished with ‘If I loved you’ from Carousel,  ‘Tea for Two’ and ‘Lets Call the Whole Thing off!’



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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