Wed 24 February
Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Town Hall
Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Music
Royal Northern College of Music
Schumann - Frauen-Liebe und Leben Op 42
ii. Er, der Herrlichste von allen
iii. Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben
iv. Du Ring an meinem Finger
v. Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
vi. Süßer Freund, du blickest mich verwundert an
Fauré - 3 Songs Op 23
ii. Notre Amour
iii. Le Secret
Duparc - Chanson triste
Ireland - If There Were Dreams to Sell
Gurney 5 Elizabethan Songs
Britten - A Charm of Lullabies Op 41
iii. Sephestia's Lullaby
iv. A Charm
Quilter - 3 Songs of William Blake Op 2
i. Dream Valley
Bridge - Come to Me in My Dreams
Programme duration approximately 50 mins.
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Georgia Mae Ellis is in her second year of a master’s course at The Royal Northern College of Music, where she also attended as an undergraduate and has been under the tutelage of Mary Plazas throughout. She has recently been awarded a Drake Calleja Scholarship and her studies are also generously supported by The Annie Ridyard Scholarship for Mezzo Sopranos. She was also this year’s recipient of The Frederic Cox Award for Singing.
During her time at the RNCM, Georgia Mae has performed in many of the opera productions. Her roles have included, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicci and Suor Zelatrice in Suor Angelica as part of the Puccini Double Bill, both directed by Robert Chevara and conducted by Martin Andrè. Most recently in December of 2019, she appeared as Mère Marie in RNCM’s production of Dialogues des Carmèlites by Poulenc, directed by Orpha Phellan and conducted by Andrew Greenwood. She also covered the main female role of Mrs Jederman in British Youth Opera’s production of Keith Warner’s Scoring a Century, with music by David Blake in the summer of 2019.
Georgia Mae was selected as a member of the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus for four operas for their 2020 festival. She was thrilled to have this opportunity to perform where her love of opera began. Due to coronavirus all productions have been cancelled but she has recently been asked to return as a chorus member for the 2021 season. She has recently performed the role of Fox Goldenmane in Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen directed by Sam brown and conducted by Nicholas Kok at the RNCM in early December. She was extremely grateful to be able to perform in an opera during such turbulent times.
Georgia Mae discovered her love of music at Bede’s School. She has always shown a tremendous passion for music and opera. She began singing lessons at a young age and went on to take part in Glyndebourne’s Youth Opera program at the age of thirteen.
Georgia Mae Ellis appears by kind permission of the RNCM.
Iwan Owen graduated with distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2019 with a Master’s degree. He studied with Benjamin Frith on a full scholarship as an ABRSM Scholar and won the college’s Piano Recital Prize in 2018. He was also awarded the Shirely Catarall Award and the Elsie Thurston Accompanist Prize.
Iwan has enjoyed success in national and international competitions; a finalist in Keyboard category at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition in February 2016 and, in 2014, he won first prize at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the National Eisteddfod of Wales. He was also awarded Gregynog Young Pianist of the Year in 2013.
Iwan has participated in masterclasses given by renowned pianists including Paul Badura-Skoda, Peter Frankl, John Perry, Nelson Goerner, Pascal Rogé, Phillippe Cassard, Vovka Ashkenazy, Kathryn Stott, David Owen Norris and Stefano Fiuzzi. He has also received coaching from Susan Tomes, Peter Cropper, Sara Bitlloch, Jeremy Young, Antonia Koster, Petr Prause, Natalie Klouda, Leonard Elschenbroich and Qian Wu.
Collaborative piano is the main focus of Iwan’s work, and he enjoys working closely with numerous singers and instrumentalists. He joined Ensemble Cymru in 2019, an ensemble which focuses on bringing chamber music to audiences in and around Wales. He was also accepted on to the Live Music Now Scheme in 2016.
Born in 1995, Iwan Owen hails from Anglesey, North Wales and started learning the piano at the age of 7. He studied with Iwan Llewelyn-Jones from the age of 9 until attending the RNCM.
Iwan Owen appears by kind permission of the RNCM.
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