See below some of the internationally recognised artists performing during this world-class musical spectacular.
Dame Sarah Connolly
Dame Sarah Connolly studied piano and singing at, and is now a Fellow of, the Royal College of Music in London. She was made a DBE (Dame of the British Empire) in the 2017 Birthday Honours having previously been made a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours. In 2011 she was also honoured by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and presented with the Distinguished Musician Award and the following year was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer Award.
Dame Sarah, a mezzo-soprano, has performed at many of the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan, San Francisco and New York Operas in the USA. In Europe she has performed at La Scala, Milan, the Opéra National de Paris, as well as in Brussels, Florence, Barcelona and The Netherlands.
In the UK Dame Sarah has sung in many productions at the Royal Opera House, London; at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, and the English National, Opera North, and the Welsh and Scottish National Operas. In 2009 she famously lead the finale at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms.
We look forward to her finale performance in Capestang.
Apart from opera, Dame Sarah, an accomplished pianist and enjoys jazz.
Magic of the Musicals
A medley of songs from well-known musical theatre productions, old and new, will be performed by brilliant musical scholars from the Royal College of Music, London, as well as those from other leading British University music colleges. Their repertoire will include songs from Les Misérables, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, West Side Story, South Pacific, Follies, Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma and My Fair Lady.
The ensemble is led by award winning Laurence Kilsby together with soprano Amy Porter.
In 2009 Laurence won the BBC Radio Two Young Chorister of the Year Competition. Since then he has toured in the USA, France and Germany. He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London and made a number of recordings on the Delphian label.
Amy is a Music Scholar at Durham University. She is excited to have been selected to sing with award winning choir Tenebrae in May. Tenebrae, which has been described as ‘phenomenal’ (The Times) and ‘devastatingly beautiful’ (Gramophone Magazine) is one of the world's leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision.
Amy enjoys both solo and ensemble work and appears frequently as a soloist in concerts in the UK. She is very much looking forward to returning to Capestang to sing with the Musical Theatre Choir .
Other members of the Musicals Singers are:
Maddie Dunn from Imperial College, London
Geraint Downing from Royal Holloway, London University
Maddie Harris from University of the Arts, London
Matt Welch a Lay Clerk at Worcester Cathedral
Gabbie Sills from Durham University
Ben Crossley, a Music and Drama Scholar, Dean Close School
Lily Talbot from Dean Close School
Dance – A World Premier
We are thrilled that two dancers from the Grammy nominated Sisters Grimm production company will be performing excerpts from for their exciting new ballet, The Enchantress. This will be its world premier.
Sisters Grimm’s extensive experience in all aspects of the magical world of the theatre gives them unique and fresh creative perspectives.
The company’s directors, former Royal Ballet ballerina Pietra Mello-Pittman and the composer Ella Spira, both had careers working for a broad range of organisations including the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, BBC, BAFTA, Bacardi and Ministry of Sound.
To see an example of Sisters Grimm’s performances, see: http://voicesoftheamazon.co.uk/ and click “Play Trailer.”
South African dancer Camille Bracher is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet, London. She joined the Company in 2010 after training privately in South Africa and
was promoted to First Artist in 2015.Bracher grew up in Johannesburg and aged 15 won the Outstanding Contemporary Dancer Award at the 2007 Youth America Grand Prix in New York. That year she also won the Junior Contemporary Division at the South African International Ballet Competition in Cape Town. In her final year at school she was awarded the second prize in the Junior Girls Division at the 2009 Helsinki International Ballet Competition.
Born and raised in Luton, Matthew discovered dance and his passion for the arts at the age of 18 whilst studying Performing
Arts at Luton Sixth Form College. Moving to London, he went on to train for three years at Trinity Laban, gaining a First Class honours degree. In August 2012 he was a featured dancer in the London Olympics Closing Ceremony. As well as performing, Matthew enjoys teaching and is a director for the BalletBoyz Dancer’s Course. Matthew joined BalletBoyz in September 2012, making this his sixth season working with the organisation.
Jason Richards – Jazz Piano
Jason Richards is an accomplished musician with a passion for playing jazz piano. He is a regular attendee at Ronnie Scott`s Jazz club in London where he hopes that one day he’ll be top of the bill !!
Jason is currently the organ scholar at St. George`s Chapel in Windsor Castle, a role which has led to his engagement as an organist at the wedding of HRH Prince Harry to Megan Markle in May. In September he will also take up the prestigious role of organ scholar elect of Jesus College Cambridge.
The Royal Wedding - Nicholas Pierce
Nicholas is a senior chorister in the choir of St. George`s Chapel, Windsor Castle. During this calendar year he is very excited to be singing at two Royal weddings – those of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, and Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank – as well, of course, at our charity concert.
Nick will soon be recording an album of carols, and he`ll also be performing at a Christmas production at The Cadogan Hall, London, this year.
Concert Producer - Sue Jones
This is the second concert that Sue Jones, a former professional dancer, has produced in Capestang in order to raise funds for the Ligue Contre Le Cancer. Sue has performed with musical icons such as Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Hallyday.
Through her professional contacts she has been able to persuade tonight’s artists to give of their time and talents freely to this very worthwhile cancer charity.
She says, “Many of us have friends or family members who have been touched by this horrendous disease and therefore we all need to do whatever we can to help eradicate it. My thanks go to everyone who has made this concert possible, and to you for supporting it.”