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Concert Diary


Saturday 19th January 2019

Vivaldi Gloria, Mozart Vespers, Holst Psalms and Elgar Serenade for Strings. Download the Flyer.


Soprano: Sarah Gilford

Sarah GiffordSarah Gilford is a British soprano studying at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp. She is the recipient of numerous awards including The Maida Jones Scholarship, W. Towyn Roberts Memorial Scholarship and the John Fussell Fund Award. Most recently, Sarah was a finalist for the Welsh Singers Showcase 2018 at St. David’s Hall.

As a chosen singer for RAM Song Circle, RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and the Josephine Baker Trust, Sarah performs frequently in Oratorios, concerts and recitals all across the UK.

Sarah’s roles have included Hero in Stanford’s Much Ado About Nothing (Northern Opera Group), Alison in Holst’s The Wandering Scholar (Northern Opera Group), Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (Edinburgh Studio Opera), A UK and South American premiere as Cleopatra in Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra (Woodhouse Opera/Academie de Opera Barroca), Papagena in The Magic Flute in (Longborough Festival Opera) and Helena cover in Sams’ The Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera).

Sarah’s studies are generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, The Countess of Munster and The Elizabeth Eagle-Bott Memorial Fund.


Mezzo: Laura Hocking 
Laura Hocking British mezzo soprano Laura Hocking graduated with a first class honours undergraduate degree from the Royal College of Music. She is currently continuing her postgraduate studies there as a Helen Marjorie Tonks Scholar. Throughout her studies she has been kindly supported by a TSH Prince Donatus and Princess Heidi Von Hohenzollern scholarship, the Williams Gibbs Educational Trust, the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation and a Countess of Munster Award. She studies with Rosa Mannion and Jo Ramadan. 

Laura’s recent concert work has included Bach’s St John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Walton’s Façade, Sousa's Non-Commital Declarations, and Bach cantatas with the London Handel Orchestra.  Operatic experience includes the title role in Dido and Aeneas (Hurn Court Opera), Amastre in Cavalli's Xerse (Ensemble Orquesta), Nerone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea (The New Renaissance Collective), La Grosse Dame in Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Royal College of Music International Opera School), Zweite Damme in Die Zauberflöte (Broadstone Music Series) and contemporary opera premieres as Angelica in Lara Poe's The Fermi Paradox, and Embryo 3 in Sophie Sparkes' Our Perfect Child (RCM/Tête-à-tête). She has also appeared in the Chorus for Hänsel und Gretel (RCMIOS), Eugene Onegin and Tosca (Opera on Location). In Opera Scenes she has performed the roles of Dorabella, Juno, Hermia, Ramiro and Xerxes.  She has also performed in masterclasses with Ann Murray DBE, Lynn Eustis and Mark Tucker. 

Future engagements include Concepción in L'Heure Espagnole and La Marchise in La fille du régiment in RCM Opera scenes this February. 


Tenor: Kieran White
Kieran White

The English tenor, Kieran White graduated from The Royal Academy of Music achieving a Masters with distinction. Whilst at the Academy he held a Kohn foundation scholarship as a soloist in the Bach Cantata Series.

Kieran has recently debuted as a soloist with Amsterdam Baroque in the Matthew Passion conducted by Ton Koopman and with John Eliott Gardner and Monteverdi Choir.

In 2018 toured Bach’s Johannes Passion with Ton Koopman and Amsterdam Baroque, performing across Europe, In 2017 toured Bach’s Matthäus – Passion.

He is particularly passionate about music from 17th and 18th Century, predominantly Bach’s Johannes & Matthäus Evangelists, recently performing in a number of venues across the United Kingdom and Europe.

He is an experienced Oratorio soloist and notably has performed Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium at Domkirken, Bergen, Bach’s Messe h-moll with Bristol Bach Choir, Monteverdi Vespers with Edvard Grieg Kor, Bergen, Rachmaninov Vespers with Bath Bach Choir and Johannes- Passion Arias in Sherborne Abbey.

During his two years at The Royal Academy he was involved in a wide range of projects including performances as a soloist in The Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Series, appearing in a Tenor and Harp concert in which he performed the song cycle A Birthday Hansel by Benjamin Britten and appearing as the Sailor in a production of Dido & Aeneas under the direction of Michael Chance.

Kieran also enjoys performing on the operatic stage and is extremely interested in the French baroque repertoire for an Haute contre, he has performed the two leading roles of Renaud in Lully’s Armide and Hippolyte from Hippolyte e Aricie by Rameau. He has also performed the lead tenor in all five of the one act operas by Rossini, as a founding member with the opera company Raucous Rossini he has performed across Scotland, England and Italy.

Kieran can be seen regularly with leading ensembles including Amsterdam Baroque, London Philharmonia Chorus, Copenhagen Soloists, Edvard Grieg Kor and Monteverdi Choir.

Having left London in June Kieran is enjoying his life as a freelance tenor, he fills his time singing as a soloist in numerous countries including Norway, Denmark, Holland and UK. When he is at home he can be seen working on his fathers farm and sometimes singing whilst getting the cows in.

When his schedule permits Kieran White works with the distinguished Haute Contre Tenor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt in Lyon on specific projects/roles.


Baritone: Felix Kemp

Felix KempPraised by The Guardian for his “appealing baritone,” and awarded an Audition Oracle Singers’ Preparation Scholarship, Felix Kemp’s current engagements include Felix in Tom Coult’s Devil in The Belfry with the Britten Sinfonia as part of Jerwood Opera at Snape Maltings, The Herald in Stanford’s The Travelling Companion for New Sussex Opera (to be recorded for Somm Recordings), the title role in Eugene Onegin for OperaUpClose and Marchese d’Obigny La Traviata for Opera Holland Park Young Artists.

Concert highlights include the St Matthew Passion with the New London Orchestra at Southwark Cathedral, Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem with the Southern Sinfonia, Messiah for The Merry Opera Company, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem in Truro Cathedral and A Bernstein Celebration for the London Song Festival. In October 2018, he joins the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme at Snape Maltings, and wiith Odaline de la Martinez and Lontano, he will record Pierrot in Ethel Smyth’s Fête Galante for Retrospect Opera.

In opera, Felix Kemp has sung Le Brigadier in Hérold’s Le Pré aux Clercs at the Wexford Festival, Noah / George Putnam in Russell Hepplewhite’s Silver Electra and Gaoler Tosca for English Touring Opera, Masetto Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera and Melot Tristan und Isolde for Grange Park Opera.

His concert engagements have included J. S. Bach B Minor Mass and St John Passion at Coventry Cathedral, Christmas Oratorio for the Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers, Magnificat and the St Matthew Passion with Hull Bach Choir, Dvorak Stabat Mater for Horsforth Choral Society, Puccini Messa di Gloria for Penshurst Choral Society and John Rutter The Reluctant Dragon for a John Lewis Partnership Concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

International engagements have included J. S. Bach Pilate St John Passion with Musikk i Sandefjord, Oslo, Brahms German Requiem in Paris with Ensemble Zene and Handel Judas Maccabaeus with Ensemble Sagittarius in Bordeaux. His broadcasts include In Tune for BBC Radio 3.

Following private studies in London, Felix Kemp continued his postgraduate studies at Trinity Laban, generously supported by the Kathleen Roberts Vocal Scholarship. His awards include First Prize at the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Competition, Second Prize at the London Song Festival’s British Art Song Competition and the Audience Prize at the John Kerr Award for English Song. He is grateful to Christopher Ball, Jeffrey Benton and The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation for their generous support.

Saturday 13th April 2019
Opera Choruses.
Saturday 13th July 2019
To be confirmed.


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