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Free Lunchtime Concert: Sky Ingram (Soprano), Nicholas Lester (Baritone), John Paul (Piano)

Friday 02 August 2019

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Brahms – Vier Duette
Brahms –  Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht
Brahms – Wenn ich mit Menschen – und mit Engelzungen redete
Brahms – Wie Melodien zieht es mir
Schubert – Die Forelle
Schubert – Die junge Nonne
Schubert – Sehnsucht
Schubert – Gretchen am Spinnrade
Schubert – An die Musik


Sky Ingram Soprano
Nicholas Lester Baritone
John Paul Elkins Piano

Sky Ingram studied most recently at the National Opera Studio and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Sky has performed concert repertoire in Australia, New York, Norway, and the UK, and has featured on ABC and BBC radio. She has won several music scholarships and competitions in Australia and the UK including an Opera Awards Foundation Bursary, Wingate Scholarship, 5MBS Young Performer of the Year and an ROSL Overseas Trophy. Her recent and upcoming roles include: Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni (Garsington Opera), Rusalka/Rusalka (Valladolid, Spain), Lea/Glare & Venus/Orpheus (Royal Opera House), Katya cvr./Katya Kabanova (Opera North), Avis/The Wreckers (Bard SummerScape USA), La Contessa/Le Nozze di Figaro (Kristiansand Norway & Nevill Holt Opera), Dido/Dido and Aeneas (ETO), Musetta/La Bohème  (Opera North, ETO).

Nicholas Lester studied at Adelaide Conservatorium of Music and the National Opera Studio, London. Recent and forthcoming roles include: Ford/Falstaff, Marcello/La bohème, Valentin/Faust, Eugene Onegin/Eugene Onegin, Figaro/The Barber of Seville, and Don Giovanni/Don Giovanni. He has performed for the English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, and Scottish Opera among others.Other concert highlights include: Carmina Burana (Royal Festival Hall), A Sea Symphony (Brighton Philharmonic); Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (English National Ballet); Five Mystical Songs (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra).

John Paul Ekins’s concert schedule takes him across the UK, Europe, and further afield, having been nationally broadcast on the BBC, and in Romania and Poland. A graduate of the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama (where he was a scholar with Charles Owen), his career highlight to date was his Albert Hall debut, performing Rhapsody in Blue with Southbank Sinfonia. John Paul has been presented to Her Majesty The Queen at a Reception for Young Performers at Buckingham Palace, and he has been awarded as many as 19 awards and prizes at international competitions.


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