Salon Musicals

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Performers


Donna Lennard | soprano (Madame Viardot)

Donna grew up in Bedford and completed a Masters degree at the GSMD with Distinction in 2012. She participated in ENO’s Opera Works 2012/13, subsequently performing the role of Dorinda in Orlando in the final performance, Postcards, at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadlers Wells. Her operatic roles include Frog/Ensemble in How the Whale Became (Philips, ROH), Selene in Tycho’s Dream (Styles, Glyndebourne), Alice in Airborne (McDowall, Nova Music Opera), Yellow in The Anatomy of Melancholy (Tassie/Beames, bodycorps), Catfish in The Catfish Conundrum (Lambert, The Music Troupe for Tête à Tête), Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Frasquita in Carmen, Pamina in The Magic Flute (Opera Loki), and Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld (Beds Youth Opera). In concert, Donna has performed as a soloist in Jocelyn Pook’s Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Tête à Tête, Beethoven's 9th Symphony for Chester Music Society, Exsultate, Jubilate (Mozart) and Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini) with the Skipton Camerata, Messiah (Handel) for the Bradford Festival Choral Society, and Elijah (Mendelssohn) and Dona nobis pacem (Vaughan Williams) with the Chester Bach Singers. Future engagements include performances with Protein Dance in their new production May Contain Food, and performing Judith Weir’s Natural History with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square.

Laura Cheetham | soprano (Madame Viardot)

Soprano Laura Cheetham was born in Surrey. She was an artist on English National Opera’s Opera Works programme for young singers, led by Jane Robinson and Martin Constantine . She previously completed her Masters in Vocal Studies at The Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Glenville Hargreaves, having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Laura studies with renowned soprano Nelly Miricioiu. Laura made her professional stage début in summer 2013 in Opera Holland Park’s chorus during their production of Madame Butterfly. In November 2014 he sang the role of Musetta in Guildford Opera's production of La Boheme and last June sang Casilda in The Gondoliers for Park Opera. She has also sung with Opera Anywhere and Hashtag Opera. Operatic experience during her studies includes Ilia, Idomeneo, Rodelinda (ENO Opera Works), Nina, Chérubin, Alcina, Susanna, (RAM Scenes), Pamina, Despina (GSMD scenes), Chorus, Eugene Onegin and Die Zauberflöte (RAM). Recent concert work consists of Haydn’s Creation, Fauré Requiem, Mozart Requiem with The Royal Phiharmonic Orchestra and the Kantanti Ensemble. Plans for 2016 include returning to Park Opera to sing the role of High Priestess in Aida, and the role of Fatima in Guildford Opera’s Abu Hassan.

Hoei Lien The | violin (Emily Harper)

Hoei Lien enjoys a busy career playing in orchestras, different chamber music projects, solo and teaching. She performs regularly in The Netherlands, Great Britain and Switzerland. Hoei Lien is principal of 2nd violins and managing director of the Silk Street Sinfonia, a young unconducted chamber orchestra based in London with a core group of twelve strings. Hoei Lien has a special interest in combining art forms, so called cross-arts projects. She has recently produced and played Histoire du Soldat by Stravinsky/Ramuz with a full cast for which she received the Guildhall School of Music and Drama coLABorate award 2015. Another cross-arts project Hoei Lien is involved in, is Salon Musical, a programme of music and theatre which captures the spirit, elegance and splendour of a 19th century Parisian musical soiree. Hoei Lien has appeared several times on national radio in The Netherlands. Recently she appeared in BBC radio3 "In Tune" with Craig Leon playing tracks live from the album "Bach to Moog". Hoei Lien got her BMus diploma (Hons) cum laude from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in 2012. She obtained her MPerf from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2014 for which she received the generous support from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Ars Donandi and Stichting Niemeijer. For the academic year of 2014/2015, Hoei Lien was a holder of the prestigious Guildhall Artists Fellowship. Hoei Lien is grateful to have a beautiful French Richaume bow on loan from Chaconne Fine Violins Japan. Future engagements include playing Bruch concerto with orchestra Sempre Crescendo in Leiden, The Netherlands and a new collaboration with Craig Leon a combination of acoustic strings and electronic music.

Daniel Turner | tenor (Félix Lévy)

Daniel enjoys a varied musical career as a tenor performing in oratorio and song alongside work as a Choral Conductor, Organist and Vocal Coach. He is Director of Music at St Mary's Church in Barnes and the Artistic Director of The Barnes Music Festival. As a singing teacher Daniel has a special interest in working with young and developing voices especially current and former choristers. Daniel’s singing career began as a chorister at St Matthew's and All Saints Churches in Northampton and then at Oxford University while he was the Organ Scholar at The Queen’s College. He began voice lessons with James Gilchrist and sang in the world class New College Choir under the baton of the legendary Edward Higginbottom. He moved to London to continue his singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with David Pollard and Janice Chapman. Daniel now studies with Nelly Miriciouiu and Ryland Davies. Daniel has sung extensively in oratorio, recital and opera across Europe including recent performances in Russia, Germany, France and around the UK with leading conductors, orchestras and pianists. He has recently collaborated with the countertenor James Bowman and the pianists David Owen Norris, Marc Verter and Graham Johnson.

Jonathan Hyde | baritone (Félix Lévy)

Jonathan Hyde was a choral scholar in the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge before attending Guildhall School of Music and Drama on a scholarship in 2014. He is studying singing with Robert Dean. Jonathan is a keen recitalist and, over the last year, has performed as part of Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder festival and Ludlow English Song Festival. As a winner of the Keith Nutland Award for Young Musicians, Jonathan also gave a recital of 20th-century English song at The Cheltenham International Music Festival in 2010. More recently, he enjoyed being an award holder on the Pembroke Lieder Scheme working closely with the accompanist Joseph Middleton, and was awarded the Chris Treglown Memorial Prize in 2014. Jonathan’s study at Guildhall has included working on projects such as Graham Johnson’s Song Guild performance of Winterreise and Ian Burnside’s biographical play of Schubert, Why Does The Queen Die? He also thoroughly enjoyed starring in the world premiere of Matthew King’s Cantata, Schoenberg in Hollywood. He looks forward to his upcoming engagements, which include Brahms and Hough side-by-side at the Wigmore Hall in May. He is generously supported by The Kathleen Trust, The Choir Association of St John’s and The South Square Trust.

Marc Verter | piano (Gabriel Fauré)

Marc is a passionate advocate of song and dedicates much of his time to performing with singers. Marc was the Artistic Director for over five years of the Chelsea Schubert Festival which focused on song and chamber music. He is a highly sought-after vocal coach and repetiteur and is currently on the staff of the Vocal Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. He has performed at music festivals in Israel, Belgium, Spain, Holland, France, USA, Canada and the UK and has played for such internationally renowned singers as Claire Booth, Yvonne Kenny, Jonathan Lemalu, Benedict Nelson, Nelly Miricioiu, Kate Royal and Sarah Walker. His first CD with soprano Ilona Domnich, featuring songs by Strauss, Rachmaninoff and Fauré, was released in December 2009 on the Quartz label. As part of his doctoral studies, Marc has written a thesis on the musical settings to the poems of Charles Baudelaire. He gives workshops on the performance of French song in conservatoires across the country and has developed Salon Musical: a series of shows that promotes the culture of the performance of chamber music and song in intimate surroundings.

Patrick Walshe McBride | actor (Stéphane Mallarmé)

Patrick graduated in 2013 from Guildhall, where he was a finalist in the National Theatre's Michael Bryant Award for verse speaking and the BBC's Carlton Hobbs Radio Award. His theatre work includes 'The Winter's Tale' (Sheffield Crucible), 'Twelfth Night' (Cambridge Arts Theatre), 'Red Forest' (Young Vic), 'The Picture of John Gray' (Old Red Lion), 'King John' (Globe/Middle Temple) and 'Almost, Maine' (Park Theatre), Photograph 51 (Noël Coward Theatre), You Mean the World to Me (Theatre Delicatessen) and Great Expectations (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Film and television include 'Lewis' and 'Tinfoil & Jackboots', Between Departures (BKE Productions) and Holby City (BBC). Patrick was previously a member of the National Youth Theatre and, during his undergraduate degree in Spanish and Arabic at Cambridge, the Footlights.

Timothy Allsop | actor (Stéphane Mallarmé)

Timothy graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His theatre credits include: Therese Rauqin (Royal National Theatre), Helen (Shakespeare's Globe), Our American Cousin (Finborough), Tom's Midnight Garden (Manchester Library Court Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Harrogate), Hamlet, King Lear and the title role in Richard III (all for Guildford Shakespeare Company). For the Oxford Playhouse he played Thomas Becket in Murder in the Cathedral, Wilbur Wright in The Wright Brothers and Roger Bannister in The Four Minute Mile. For Creation he played the Sorcerer in Aladdin. TV and film includes: Detectorists (BBC), Love's Labour's Lost (BBC) and Captain Phillips. In addition to his acting work Timothy also works as a writer and was shortlisted for the Grist New Writing Prize and was published in their collection: Grist New Writing. He helps develop scripts in addition to running Turn of Phrase, a communications training company that focuses on gender equality. He has an MA from Royal Holloway University in Creative Fiction and a History degree from Balliol College, Oxford.

Pericles Snowdon | actor (Stéphane Mallarmé)

Pericles trained at the Drama Centre London. His work includes: Theatre: As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet and Blue Stockings (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Merchant of Venice (Singapore Repertory Company), Collaborators and Time & The Conways (National Theatre), War Horse (West End), The Man Who Had All The Luck and Mary Rose (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh), Lucifer Saved and Loyalties (Finborough), Hamlet (New Wolsey), Bed & Breakfast (Erica Fee Productions), Much Ado About Nothing (Liverpool Playhouse), Jump (Old Vic), The Devils (Union), Simplicity (Orange Tree) and The Proposal (King’s Head). Television work includes: Midsomer Murders, Doctors and Holby City. Film work includes: Le Weekend and The Tales of Hoffman. Writing includes Bluebeard (Old Red Lion, Off-Broadway, Toronto and Seattle), Herman (Baron’s Court), Let Me Count The Ways (Rich Mix), The Cat’s Mother (Courtyard), Leviathan (Arcola), Six/Seven (HighTide) and They Who Lay In The Fields Like Beasts (OffWestEnd.com award).

James Mack | actor (Stéphane Mallarmé)

Theatre: Ryan in This Heaven Finborough, Understudy Sandy Tyrell and Simon Bliss in Hay Fever Theatre Royal Bath, Ensemble in A Christmas Carol Old Red Lion, Raleigh in Journey’s End The Watermill, Terry in Confusions Theatre Royal Haymarket Youth Company, Traveller in The Insect Play Theatre Haymarket Youth Company. Parts played at Guildhall: Aaron Kreifels in The Laramie Project Wyn Jones, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night Patsy Rodenburg, Arthur Gride in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Jo Blatchley, Cecil in Toast Jo McInnes, Duke Frederick/Duke Senior in As You Like It Owen Horsley.

Management


Marc Verter | Founder and Managing Director

Marc is a passionate advocate of song and dedicates much of his time to performing with singers. Marc was the Artistic Director for over five years of the Chelsea Schubert Festival which focused on song and chamber music. He is a highly sought-after vocal coach and repetiteur and is currently on the staff of the Vocal Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. He has performed at music festivals in Israel, Belgium, Spain, Holland, France, USA, Canada and the UK and has played for such internationally renowned singers as Claire Booth, Yvonne Kenny, Jonathan Lemalu, Benedict Nelson, Nelly Miricioiu, Kate Royal and Sarah Walker. His first CD with soprano Ilona Domnich, featuring songs by Strauss, Rachmaninoff and Fauré, was released in December 2009 on the Quartz label. As part of his doctoral studies, Marc has written a thesis on the musical settings to the poems of Charles Baudelaire. He gives workshops on the performance of French song in conservatoires across the country and has developed Salon Musical: a series of shows that promotes the culture of the performance of chamber music and song in intimate surroundings.

Daniel Turner | Co Founder and Artistic Consultant

Daniel enjoys a varied musical career as a tenor performing in oratorio and song alongside work as a Choral Conductor, Organist and Vocal Coach. He is Director of Music at St Mary's Church in Barnes and the Artistic Director of The Barnes Music Festival. As a singing teacher Daniel has a special interest in working with young and developing voices especially current and former choristers. Daniel’s singing career began as a chorister at St Matthew's and All Saints Churches in Northampton and then at Oxford University while he was the Organ Scholar at The Queen’s College. He began voice lessons with James Gilchrist and sang in the world class New College Choir under the baton of the legendary Edward Higginbottom. He moved to London to continue his singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with David Pollard and Janice Chapman. Daniel now studies with Nelly Miriciouiu and Ryland Davies. Daniel has sung extensively in oratorio, recital and opera across Europe including recent performances in Russia, Germany, France and around the UK with leading conductors, orchestras and pianists. He has recently collaborated with the countertenor James Bowman and the pianists David Owen Norris, Marc Verter and Graham Johnson.

Bridgitta Roy | Stage Director

Bridgitta works as an actor and theatre director with a particular interest in collaboration across artistic disciplines. As a director, she specialises in productions where music is at the heart of the narrative.During her career, Bridgitta has been fortunate to work all over the world with companies such as the RSC and Shakespeare's Globe, in repertory and touring productions across the country and in London with the RNT, BBC, ENO, Wigmore Hall, Lyric Hammersmith and Theatre Royal Stratford East.She has coached and directed at the National Opera Studio and is currently on the professorial staff at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, leading numerous opera and music projects for the Vocal Studies department. Her passion is dancing Argentine tango. Bridgitta's love of this art form and exploring the music and the culture that surrounds it has become her passport - and perhaps her excuse - to travel as widely and to dance as often as possible.

Mia Flodquist | Designer

Mia holds degrees in History of Dress and Costume Design from The Courtauld Institute and the Wimbledon College of Art. She has worked for all the major UK theatres and Opera houses. Her work includes: As set & costume designer: Dido Queen of Carthage (The Globe: Sam Wannamaker Playhouse); Tess, The Crucible, Our Town (The Rose, Kingston); Girlfriends, The Hired Man, The Secret Garden, A Little Night Music (Mountview); The Poor Soldier (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); Cloud 9, After Mrs Rochester, Loveplay, Epsom Downs (MMU); La Ronde (Jermyn Street). As costume designer: Theatre includes: The Snow Queen, Hayfever, Treasure Island, Bedroom Farce, Miss Julie (The Rose, Kingston); Hamlet: The Musical (Richmond Theatre, Theatre Royal, Northampton); Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Bedroom Farce (Duke of York Theatre, London); Elizabeth and Raleigh: Late but Live (The Underbelly); Johnson and Boswell: Late But Live (The Traverse); Singing In the Rain (The Courtyard), Robin Hood, Macbeth (Creation Theatre Company); Missing Persons (Trafalgar Studios); The City Club (The Pleasance Dome); Ladies Cage, Dark Meaning Mouse, End of the Sentence, Natural Inclinations, Roaring Girl (The Finborough); The Lie (King’s Head); Swollen Tongues (BAC + national tour); Crossing (Riverside Studios). Opera includes: Impressario/Pagliacci, Onegin, The Barber of Seville (Stanley Hall Opera); La Traviata (Longborough Festival Opera); Marriage of Figaro (Lyric Hammersmith). Film/TV: BA first class (commercial), I’d Do Anything (ident, BBC1), What made Mozart Tic? (documentary C4). Mia has also worked as a lecturer in History of dress at WCA and a costume researcher for Poldark and Death Comes to Pemberly BBC.

Tessa Hopkins | Strategic Development Consultant

Tessa is a seasoned communications professional. She has held senior positions at two of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and was a Director and Vice President of a leading global PR consultancy. She is acknowledged as a natural leader with highly-developed management and people development skills. Tessa now advises companies and consultancies on all aspects strategic communications. She is an experienced trainer, has run management development workshops and has designed and delivered team building activities. She is also an experienced presentation skills coach and facilitator. Tessa loves singing and working with teams – she wanted to do both! http://singingyourwaytosuccess.com/

Katherine Passerieu | Market Research Consultant

Passerieu Consulting was founded by Katherine Passerieu after working as an independent consultant on international marketing and branding projects.Previously, Katherine was a Director at forward thinking inc., a brand strategy consultancy, and Director of Brand Strategy at GfK NOP, a global research company. Katherine also set up Censydiam UK where she helped clients to reposition their brands and define their communication strategy, and was responsible for international research and brand positioning at TNS. She developed her expertise in brand research in advertising and strategic design, first at Ted Bates in Paris and then at Landor in London. A French national living in the UK since 1989, Katherine holds a BA in English and an MA in Sociology from the Sorbonne University in Paris.She specialises in Anglo-French projects where she can add value by understanding the cultural context of the topics. For more information please see Katherine’s LinkedIn profile and on the ICG website http://theicg.co.uk/member/5912710/katherine-passerieu http://www.passerieuconsulting.com/about-us

Natalie Millet | Marketing and Administration

Natalie is a soprano living and working in London. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in September 2015 with a First Class Hons Bmus Music degree. Her recent solo performances have included Mrs Gobineau in Menotti’s ‘The Medium’ (AIMS International Music School), The Woman in Robin Haigh’s ‘The Man Who Woke Up’ (premiere with GCO) and Adele in Johan Strauss II’s ‘Die Fledermaus’ (Opera Gold) which was conducted and musically directed by David Syrus, Head of Music for the Royal Opera House. She has also performed as an oratorio soloist with the Amadè Players and the Goldsmiths Sinfonia. Natalie has performed as a chorus member with opera companies and choirs and is enjoying her fifth year as a member of the London Philharmonic Choir. She is currently working as the Communications Assistant for the Barnes Music Festival.