After our unexpected and unwanted break in December, WPS is delighted to be returning to The Colosseum on Saturday 25th April 2020 with Messiah. We welcome back the delightful Emily Rowley-Jones and Helen Stanley, together with Nick Allen and Geoff Williams to join with the Choir and Orchestra under the eagle eye of our Resident Conductor, Michael Cayton, to perform Handel’s greatest masterpiece. We shall also be joined by our special guest, the celebrated timpanist, Tristan Fry. More information about Tristan can be found HERE.
Introducing the soloists for our performance of Messiah
Emily Rowley Jones – Soprano
Emily is a full time member of the Chorus of the Royal Opera House. Her musical training began at the University of Southampton, followed by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD), where she gained a Masters with distinction and completed the internationally acclaimed Opera Course. She appears regularly with major opera companies, both in the UK and abroad in addition to performing varied works from the classical canon in prestigious London concert halls and major cathedral venues throughout the country.
Helen Stanley – Mezzo Soprano
Helen studied at the Royal Academy of Music and is a recent graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Opera Course, where she won the Seligman Award for Excellence. She has appeared in various roles for the London Rossini Festival and Mid Wales Opera and is also a regular cast member for Pop Up Opera, performing in unusual venues across the UK. Helen is particularly interest in 20th and 21st Century opera and has been been involved in the premieres of several works at the Grimeborn, Tête à Tête and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Helen’s website can be accessed HERE .
Nick Allen – Tenor
Originally from Lowestoft, Nick graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2011. Nick attended the seven-week summer opera course held in Banff, Canada, where he made his operatic debut as Peter Quint in the Benjamin Britten opera The Turn of the Screw as part of the annual Banff Summer Arts Festival. He recently played the role of ‘Rat’ in the newly-commissioned opera Fever Pitch, based on the novel by Nick Hornby (Highbury Opera Theatre). As well as regularly performing with ‘Impropera’ – improvised opera – he has appeared in two operas written specifically for babies and toddlers! Nick is an experienced concert artist having performed in most of the great oratorio works. Nick’s website can be accessed HERE
Geoff Williams – Baritone
Geoff recently received a Master’s with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. He is an accomplished soloist and his recent solo work includes Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Verdi’s Requiem. He is in demand as an Oratorio soloist and has numerous upcoming performances as Elijah. He sings with some of the world’s most distinguished choirs such as the BBC singers, Tenebrae, London Voices, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Collegium Vocale Gent, Philharmonia Chorus and Sonoro choir. He also regularly sings at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral. He made his Operatic debut with Longborough Festival Opera as Domestico in La Traviata also covering the Marchese d’Obigny and he also played General Achilla in Giulio Cesare with Kings College Opera. In 2019 Geoff appeared in a touring production of Carmen with ‘Rogue Opera’ in the role of Escamillo. Geoff’s website can be accessed HERE
This will be an evening of the most glorious music making and one definitely not to be missed! Tickets are on on sale NOW.
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