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Date(s) - 14/05/2013
7:30 pm



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Music at Leighton House
Tuesday 14 May 2013
If Cherubino married the Countess

Sarah-Jane Brandon soprano
Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano
accompanied by James Baillieu piano

If Cherubino married the Countess… with the main Marriage of Figaro arias in the first half together with songs on the themes, and in the second half Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms duets and lighter songs to do with Marriage and Love – the evening has all the promise of joy and enchantment.

Winner of the 2009 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon studied at the Royal College of Music and was a participant in the 2011 Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project. Recent concert engagements have included Crobyle in Massenet’s Thaïs with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis at the Edinburgh Festival, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, and Elijah with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kurt Masur.

Featured as The Times Rising Star of Classical Music this year Kathryn Rudge has made her debut with English National Opera as Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro) and at Opera North as Sesto (Giulio Cesare) to critical acclaim. In 2011 Kathryn completed her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Susan Roper on the International Artist Diploma scheme. On graduating she immediately joined the ENO Young Artist programme. This season she revisits the role of Cherubino with Glyndebourne Touring Opera and returns to Opera North in the role of Annio (La Clemenza di Tito).

James Baillieu has been the prize-winner of the Wigmore Hall, Das Lied, Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Song Competitions. In 2012 he won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award. He regularly records for BBC Radio 3 and has appeared at venues throughout Europe collaborating with singers and instrumentalists including the Elias and Heath Quartets, Mark Padmore, Sir Thomas Allen, Katherine Broderick and Annette Dasch. James is Professor at the Royal Academy of Music.

The Society is supported financially and actively by Mountgrange Heritage
KCMS is grateful for the practical support of the RBK&C’s Arts Service
Registered Charity Number: 291038

For further information visit: http://www.kcmusic.org.uk/if_cherubino_married_the_countess.htm
All tickets £18 (Students £15)
The price of the ticket includes a glass of wine/fruit juice during the interval