Free Lunchtime Vocal Recital – Zoë Milton-Brown
Fauré – Cinq Mélodies de Venise
Strauss – Ophelia Lieder
Rachmaninov – Ne poy krasavitsa pri mne (Do not sing to me again)
Rachmaninov – Siren (The lilacs)
Rachmaninov – Zdes Khorosho (How fair this spot)
Rachmaninov – Vessenije Vody (Spring waters)
Zoë Milton-Brown Soprano
Ditlev Rindom Piano
Born in South Wales, Zoë Milton-Brown studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge and at the Royal Northern College of Music, completing her postgraduate studies with distinction in the summer of 2010. During her final year at music college, Zoë was a finalist in both the Elizabeth Harwood Competition and the RNCM Concerto Competition, in addition to being the recipient of the Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award and a Fenton Arts Trust scholarship. She has performed in masterclasses with Sir Philip Langridge, Dennis O’Neill, Nelly Miricioiu, Sir Mark Elder and, in the Oxford Lieder Festival, with Roger Vignoles, Andrew West and Ian Partridge.
Operatic engagements include Fiordiligi Così fan Tutte (Mananan Opera Festival), Angelica Orlando (Ryedale Festival), Lotte Stefan and Lotte in Paradise (Savvy Productions), Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera!Festival Utrecht, Netherlands), Zerlina Don Giovanni and Papagena Die Zauberflöte (Opera Project), Gilda Rigoletto with Birmingham Chamber Orchestra and the covers of both Margiana Barber of Baghdad and Merab Saul for Buxton Festival Opera. For the RNCM Zoë appeared as Vitellia La Clemenza di Tito, Katya Katya Kabanova and, in opera scenes, as Nedda I Pagliacci, Violetta La Traviata, Blanche de la Force Dialogues des Carmelites, Giulietta I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Blanche DuBois A Streetcar Named Desire.
As a concert and oratorio soloist Zoë has appeared at The Wigmore Hall, The Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Liverpool Cathedral, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and the Matthias Church, Budapest, performing repertoire including Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saens’ Oratorio de Noel, Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Berio’s Laborintus II, Mahler’s Symphony No 4 and Barber’s Knoxville. As part of the BBC Philharmonic’s “Ink Still Wet” series Zoë performed Alan Williams song cycle 12 Storeys High at the Bridgewater Hall and was recently the soloist in the premiere of two song cycles for soprano and ensemble by Anthony Burgess at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.
Ditlev Rindom is a versatile musician whose performances have been praised for their artistic intelligence, technical flair and natural communication. Born in Copenhagen, he grew up in London and from his teens he studied piano with John Barstow (MBE) at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, where he was awarded the Angela Bull Memorial Prize for best student. He subsequently graduated with a double first in English Literature from Magdalen College, Oxford, (where he was also a scholar) before pursuing a musical career. Ditlev Rindom has recently completed his studies as a postgraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music under Benjamin Frith and Julius Drake, generously supported by the Laura & Hans Ammitzbøll trust. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Schubert Prize, Margaret Tudor Evans/Alexander Young Prize for Accompaniment and was a finalist in the Sir John Barbarolli ‘Cello Prize with ‘cellist Anna Menzies.
He has been invited to perform in many prestigious venues throughout the UK including the SouthBank Centre (Purcell Room), St John’s Smith Square, Holywell Music Rooms (Oxford), Lauderdale House, the Venezuelan Embassy, Doncaster Art Gallery, Theatre Royal (Nottingham), St James’ Piccadilly and St Alban’s International Festival, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Manchester Pride Festival. Masterclasses include musicians such as Michel Beroff, Stephen Hough, Philippe Cassard, Ivry Gitlis, Sarah Walker, Ralph Kirschbaum and Nelly Miricioiu, as well as Pascal Nemirovski at the Academie Internationale d’Ete in Courchevel and Roger Vignoles at the Oxford Lieder Festival. For the RNCM he appeared in festivals devoted to Schumann, Chopin, British Chamber Music and American Song, devised an acclaimed performance of Janacek’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared and was invited to perform with Sir Willard White to launch the RNCM Graduate School. Forthcoming appearances include concerts with soprano Zoe Milton-Brown and recitals at Winchester Cathedral, 1901 Arts Club, Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge) and St Martins-in-the-Fields. He is a Park Lane Group Young Artist 2012 and will be pianist/repetiteur for Hampstead Garden Opera’s April 2013 production of Mansfield Park.
Lunchtime Concerts are FREE, suggested donation £3.50 which goes towards the work of St Martin’s