Platform: Soprano, Camilla Jeppeson & Harpist Mary Reid
Friday 25 October 8pm (Doors 7.30pm). Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre. Tickets Full £12/Concession £10 (16-19 years £5)
A Feminine Journey: An exploration of female composers, poets and muses featuring music by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Pauline Viardot, Emily Dickinson and many more.
Soprano Camilla Jeppeson and harpist Mary Reid began working as a duo after several years of performing together as accompanists with the Promenade Girls’ Choir in Surrey. Having inaugurated last season with a recital at All Saints Church Fulham, they enjoyed a tour of the UK including a trip to Yorkshire to play at Music@Junction 50 and an appearance at The Riverhouse Barn in Walton-on-Thames, culminating in a recital at St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street. They enjoy performing a wide range of music from the Renaissance to the present day, but bonded over a love of French music. Camilla initially studied as a pianist before training as a singer. After completing the Associated Studios Opera Course in London, she began studies with world-renowned bass Graeme Danby. Most recently, Camilla made her Italian debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and her house debut at the Teatro del Giglio, Lucca. Operatic roles have included Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), La Sagesse/Lucinde as part of the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre and Zerlina (Don Giovanni), which Camilla received critical acclaim for; “her Batti, batti was a highlight of Act 1”. Other engagements have included performances at the Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival, an appearance with the Rameau Academy accompanied by Rob Howarth, Cadogan Hall and The Ritz.
Mary performs as a soloist, orchestral musician, chamber artist and for community outreach work. She has given solo recitals at Ripon Cathedral, the Brantwood Young Artist Series and at the 11th Russian Harp Festival in Moscow. Other recent highlights include being concerto soloist with the St Cecilia orchestra in Yorkshire, performing for the Ring Cycle at the Royal Opera House in 2018, and playing for an opera for under-5s at primary schools in Newham with OperaUpClose.
Mary loves taking the harp to special needs schools and hospitals and is an artist for Live Music Now and the Concordia Foundation. Mary freelances with various orchestras regularly including, the London Mozart Players and the Halle. Mary gained her BA Mus and MA from the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Skaila Kanga and graduated with Distinction and the Renata Scheffl-Stein Harp Prize.
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