My Lagan Love
The Song of Glen Dun
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
Go lovely Rose
Fair House of Joy
By the Sea
The Lowlands of Holland
Sabbath Morning at Sea
Where Corals lie
Fiddler of Dooney
Come o come my life’s delight
I pitch my lonely Caravan
Birdsong at eventide
Rise up and Reach the Stars
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.
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.