Kathryn Rudge opera Portico April 2021 credit Susie Ahlburg
Sun 13 Jun

MusicKathryn Rudge & Christopher Glynn

We are thrilled to welcome back the gorgeous voice that is Kathryn Rudge! Accompanied by Christopher Glynn, Kathryn will sing a selection from Elgar's Sea Pictures as well as repertoire from Harty & Coates.


My Lagan Love 
Scythe song 
The Song of Glen Dun 

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal 
Go lovely Rose 
Fair House of Joy 

Sea Wrack 
By the Sea 
The Lowlands of Holland 

Sea Pictures
Sea Slumber 
In Haven 
Sabbath Morning at Sea 
Where Corals lie 
The Swimmer 

Fiddler of Dooney 
Come o come my life’s delight 

Sleepy lagoon 
I pitch my lonely Caravan 
Birdsong at eventide 
Rise up and Reach the Stars 

About Kathryn Rudge

ENOBarber2015 Rylander Opera Kathryn Rudge

Mezzo soprano Kathryn Rudge was born in Liverpool in 1986. Named as The Times ‘Rising Star of Classical Music and ‘One of Britain’s brightest young mezzos’ (What’s On Stage) Rudge is a versatile artist; performing to critical acclaim in operas, song recitals and orchestral concerts nationally and internationally, with a growing discography of orchestral, oratorio, opera and song repertoire recordings. Her voice is celebrated by audiences and critics alike and is described as having, “tremendous reserves of power, impeccable intonation, the capacity for a gloriously sustained legato and, most interesting of all, a distinctive vocal quality. The timbre has white-hot intensity…” (The Times)

Rudge was a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist (2015-17), English National Opera Harewood Artist, YCAT Artist and she is an Associate Artist of Royal Northern College of Music where she studied voice with Susan Roper (2004-11). She was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award and is the recipient of numerous awards including; a Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Award, BBC Education Bursary, Susan Chilcott Scholarship, The Joaninah Trust Award, Kathleen Ferrier Bursary, Joyce Budd Award, Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal and the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Richard Strauss.

Kathryn made her operatic debut as Cherubino in Fiona Shaw’s new production of Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ in 2012 and has since performed in principal roles including; Rosina in Jonathan Miller’s production of Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ (ENO). Cherubino ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ Glyndebourne on Tour, Dorabella in Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ Garsington Opera, Zerlina Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’, Hermia in Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ Sesto Handel’s ‘Guilio Cesare,’ Annio in Mozart’s ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ for Opera North. Kathryn performed the title role in Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ with the British Paraorchestra conducted by Charles Hazlewood at Glastonbury and at RNCM she also performed the role of Erika in Barber’s ‘Vanessa’. Helena (Offenbach’s La Belle Helene), Olga (Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin) at Haddo House. She has performed and recorded the following operas for Opera Rara in concert; Leoncavallo – ‘Zaza’ BBC Symphony Orchestra (Opera Rara) Bellini ‘Adeslon e Salvini’ BBC Symphony Orchestra (Opera Rara). Donizetti’s ‘Il Paria’ conducted by Sir Mark Elder will be released in January 2021. 

This charismatic singer, with her immaculate diction, knows how to stir the heart, and one hardly dares to predict what is to come.

Opera Magazine

Christopher Glynn

Christopher Glynn credit Joanna Bergin Portaferry Opera April 2020

Chris is a Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist working with leading singers, musicians and ensembles throughout the world. 

He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, programming around 60 events each year in the many beautiful and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire.Chris is an award-winning pianist and accompanist, praised for his ‘breathtaking sensitivity’ (Gramophone), ‘irrepressible energy, wit and finesse’ (The Guardian), ‘a perfect fusion of voice and piano’ (BBC Music Magazine) and as ‘an inspired programmer’ (The Times). He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, programming around sixty events each year in beautiful and historic venues across North Yorkshire.

Chris read music at New College, Oxford and studied piano with John Streets in France and Malcolm Martineau at the Royal Academy of Music, where he now teaches. He has made many CD recordings and is regularly heard on BBC Radio 3.
An interest in bringing classical song to a wider audience recently led Chris to commission Jeremy Sams to create new English translations of Schubert’s song cycles, now being recorded for Signum Records. Future plans include recitals with Roderick Williams and Ian Bostridge, further collaborations with Jeremy Sams (Schumann and Wolf songs), CD recordings with Nicky Spence, Kathryn Rudge, Claire Booth, Roderick Williams and The Sixteen, a project with Streetwise Opera, leading masterclasses for the Britten Pears School, a tour of Wolf’s Italian Songbook, and embarking on a project with Rachel Podger to perform and record Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas.   

breath-taking sensitivity

Gramophone Magazine

Covid restrictions - please note

In the event that Covid restrictions only permit a low capacity audience at Portico then the selection of ticket holders able to attend in person will be made on a first purchased, first selected basis. Those not selected will be able to watch the live concert online or claim a refund if preferred.

In the event that Covid restrictions do not permit any audiences to attend in person at Portico then this concert will be delivered as a live streamed event on our YouTube channel. 

Refunds are available at any time up to 24 hours before the concert.

How does this streaming malarkey work?

It's easy. You need a screen with internet access and chances are if you're reading this then you've already got that!

You buy a ticket as normal. Half an hour or so before the show we send you an email with a link to the show.

You click on the link and before you know it you're enjoying some live music. 

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Event Details

Sun 13 Jun
15:00 to 16:15



  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Salthouse Restaurant
  • The Cuan
  • Fiddler's Green
  • The Cuan

How to get here

Portico is easy to find in Portaferry. You can also get detailed driving directions or check out the ferry timetable for crossing from Strangford.