Music by Poulenc, Colin Riley, Ravel and the first performance of the Festival Commission by composer Toby Young. Supported by the RVW Trust.
Soprano Susanna Fairbairn has just finished studying with Dennis O’Neill and Nuccia Focile at the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff. Previously, she was a pupil of Alison Wells at Trinity College of Music, and studied flute at Magdalen College, Oxford.
Susanna was a 2013 Park Lane Group Young Artist, and returned to the Purcell Room last month to perform alongside Jane Manning. Susanna gave another world premiere at Kings Place in March; Parting, written for her by Litha and Effy Efthymiou, is the second world premiere Susanna has given of these young composers’ music, having created the role of Agrippina in Fragments of Sun at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2012.
Significant solos include Schumann with The Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig and Israel in Egypt at Cadogan Hall, both conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, Messiah at the Wales Millennium Centre, St. John Passion in Birmingham Symphony Hall, Mozart/C Minor Mass conducted by Sian Edwards, Tavener/Veil of the Temple in Canterbury Cathedral in the composer’s presence, Finzi/Dies Natalis, Poulenc/Gloria, and O Holy Night on BBC One on Christmas Day 2010. Roles include Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Juno/La Calisto, Armida/Rinaldo, and Lady Billows/Albert Herring.
Selected as a “Talent to Watch” by BBC Music magazine, and described as “a rising star” (BBC Radio 3) and “one of Britain’s most exciting young pianists” (Classic FM), Matthew Schellhorn has a growing international career, which in recent seasons has seen recitals in Europe, Ireland, the Far East, and North America.
He has given performances in many major venues throughout the UK, including the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre. He has performed live numerous times on BBC Radio 3, and in 2005 he was featured on Classic FM’s The Guest list. As a concerto soloist, he has worked with numerous conductors, and most recently appeared in the Belfast Festival with the Ulster Orchestra.
Toby Young studied composition with Robin Holloway at Cambridge whilst also being a choral scholar in the prestigious King’s College Chapel Choir. Since winning numerous competitions, most notably the international ABRSM Composition Competition (2009) and the Guardian/BBC Proms
Young Composer of the Year (2006 and 2008), Toby has been much in demand, with works being performed by renowned ensembles and orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Fretwork, Britten Sinfonia, CHRONA and Endymion Ensemble and many choirs including the choirs of king’s College Cambridge, New College Oxford, Westminster Abbey and the BBC Singers. Toby also works closely with D&B and hip-hop artists, including Chase and Status, Jacob Banks and MOKO. His music is published by Faber.
Admission free, retiring collection.