Kathryn Rudge (mezzo soprano) with Duncan Glenday (piano)
    Our Festival opens with a recital by the sensational mezzo soprano Kathryn Rudge, a current BBC New Generation Artist recently shortlisted in the Young Artist category of the highly prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2016. This programme of favourite arias will see her reprise rôles she has performed for English National Opera and include selections from Carmen, The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro plus songs from My Fair Lady, Carousel and Kiss me, Kate! Early booking advised.
    All Tickets £8 * including a post-concert refreshments. Venue: Uppermill Methodist Church

    Early booking essential to avoid disappointment.
    British mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge is a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and recently performed the role of Rosina in ‘The Barber of Seville” for English National Opera.
    Kathryn completed her vocal studies at the RNCM and became an English National Opera Young Artist in 2011. She made her professional opera debut at the London Coliseum in the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ directed by Fiona Shaw and featured as The Times ‘Rising Star of Classical Music 2012’.
    Since then she has performed with Opera North as Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) and Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). In 2012 Kathryn made her debut with Glyndebourne Touring opera in the role of Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and she also performed the role of Carmen in a concert performance with Conductor Charles Hazlewood at Glastonbury Abbey.
    Kathryn has performed in recitals all around the country including Wigmore Hall, The Sage, Gateshead, Leighton House and at the Brighton, City of London, Chester, Lake District, Windsor and Cheltenham Festivals (Broadcast by BBC Radio 3). Concert appearances include numerous performances with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in her home city of Liverpool, a concert with Sir Willard White at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and a UK tour with American tenor Noah Stewart.
    In 2014 Kathryn performed in concerts in Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall celebrating the 70th Birthday of Conductor Karl Jenkins. Other performances included Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall and Mendelssohn’s Saint Paul with the RLPO. In July 2014 Kathryn sang the names of the 96 Hillsborough victims at the world premiere of Michael Nyman’s Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial with the RLPO at Liverpool Cathedral which was also recorded and released on CD. During 2015 Kathryn’s debut record ‘Love’s Old Sweet Song’ with pianist James Baillieu was released on the Champs Hill Label.
    Kathryn has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including the Joaninha Trust, BBC Performing Arts Fund Bursary, Joyce & Michael Kennedy Strauss Award, Kathleen Ferrier Bursary, Susan Chilcott and Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Music Award and Frederic Cox Award.

    Copyright ©Kathryn Rudge 2019