NEW YEAR’S EVE GRAND FINALE, ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTOR CARL DAVIS, CBE (Hon), LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC HALL

Kathryn Rudge, who portrayed Britannia at the 2008 opening ceremony, has a meaty, mature tone which belies her 22 years. Arias from Saint-Seans and Bizet in the first half were followed after the interval by a belting trio of Gracie Fields’ favourites….and a full bodied Rule Britannia which prompted a rash of flags to appear across the auditorium.

Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo, January 2009.

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