Kathryn Rudge credit Sussie Ahlburg
Mon 28 May

Music, Festiv'Ards 2018Kathryn Rudge & James Baillieu

Mezzo soprano Kathryn Rudge is the darling of classical music for good reason. "It doesn't take long (five notes maybe) to hear why people are so excited. Her mezzo-soprano voice already has 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 that extends undiminished through all of two octaves." The Times


Howells: King David 

Quilter: Three Shakespeare Songs Op. 6

Elgar: Sea Pictures


Finzi: Let us Garlands Bring

Coates: Bird Song at Eventide; I Heard You Singing

Wood/Weatherly: Roses of Picardy 

Browne: To Gratiana dancing and singing 

Bridge: Coleridge Settings: Thy Hand in Mine; Where She Lies Asleep; Love went a riding.

About Kathryn Rudge

Kathryn Rudge credit Sussie Ahlburg

Featured as The Times Rising Star of Classical Music 2012 Kathryn was born in Liverpool and studied at the RNCM. She was an ENO Young Artist, a YCAT artist and is currently a BBC New Generation artist. She has won numerous prizes and awards including MBF Sybil Tutton Award, Susan Chilcott Scholarship and is a Samling Scholar.
Recent and future concert engagements include performances with the RLPO, Philharmonia, Manchester Camerata, BBC Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Huddersfield Choral Society, the world premiere of Nyman’s Hillsborough Symphony and recordings and concerts with Opera Rara. She has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, the Brighton, City of London, Ryedale and Cheltenham Festivals.
Recent and future operatic engagements include Cherubino with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Annio /La Clemenza di Tito, Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Zerlina / Don Giovanni for Opera North, Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) for Garsington, Rosina  (Barber of Seville)  for ENO and Nancy / Albert Herring for the Buxton Festival.
She made her BBC Proms début in 2016 and her debut recital album Love’s Old Sweet Song was released in 2014.

Bird Songs at Eventide (Eric Coates) accompanied by James Ballieu

Kathryn Rudge in interview

About James Baillieu

James Baillieu credit Kaupo Kikkas

Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘in a class of his own’ James Baillieu has been the prize-winner of the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Das Lied International Song Competition, Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Competitions. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2010 and in 2012 received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust Award. In 2016 he was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award.

James has given solo and chamber recitals throughout Europe and further afield. He collaborates with a wide range of singers and instrumentalists including Lawrence Power, Jack Liebeck, the Elias and Heath Quartets, Ian Bostridge, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Annette Dasch, Pumeza Matshikiza, Jamie Barton, Markus Werba and Catherine Wyn Rogers. Venues include Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, the Barbican Centre London, Wiener Konzerthaus, Cologne Philharmonie and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. Festivals include Festpillene i Bergen, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, City of London, Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, St Magnus, Derry, Norfolk & Norwich and Brighton Festivals. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Wiener Kammersymphonie.

James Ballieu is in a class of his own

The Daily Telegraph


Event Details

Mon 28 May
14:00 to 15:30

£15 / Under 25s £5


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