St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Nicola Beckley - mezzo soprano and Gregory Drott - piano

Friday, 7 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Nicola Beckley - mezzo soprano and Gregory Drott - pianoNicola Beckley - mezzo soprano and Gregory Drott - piano

Nicola Beckley - mezzo soprano
Gregory Drott - piano

Mozart

K.505 Ch'io mi scordi di te...non temer, amato bene

Strauss

Zueignung Op. 10, No. 1
Die Nacht Op. 10, No. 3
Ruhe, meine Seele Op. 27, No. 1
Ständchen Op. 17, No. 2
Morgen! Op. 27, No. 4

Gregory Drott spent his gap year at the Royal College of Music, after private studies with Nigel Allcoat, and then was Organ Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge. As well as the BA, he obtained the MusB and MPhil degrees in Musicology while serving as Assisting Organist to the Choir of King's College Cambridge and Acting Director of Music in Chapel at Pembroke. With the award of a Leverhulme Trust scholarship, he studied as a pianist and répétiteur at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with distinction in 2012. Gregory is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and an alumnus of the Georg Solti Accademia for répétiteurs; he combines work as a freelance pianist and organist with the post of Director of Music at St Stephen's Gloucester Road, London; he also holds a Research Council award for part-time PhD studies at Cambridge. (For more, visit www.ensemblematisse.com)

Nicola Beckley has performed extensively as a soloist in oratorio in wide-ranging repertoire ranging from Bach and Handel to Verdi and Elgar. Working with numerous leading professional choirs and choruses, including London Voices, Opera Rara, Philharmonia Voices, Aurora Nova, The King's Consort, Salzburg Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House Chorus, she has appeared in many prestigious concert halls and opera houses both here and abroad, and for many leading conductors.

After reading maths at Warwick University, she undertook post-graduate study in voice at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Cable. She also gained inspiration in masterclasses given by singers Kurt Equilutz and Emma Kirkby and conductors Nicoletta Conti and Nicholas Cleobury and now continues her vocal work with Colin Baldy.

Nicola has given many song recitals, particularly of German Lieder, to critical acclaim, performing Schubert's Winterreise with the pianist Simon Over. She has also performed contemporary music as part of the Park Lane Group in the Purcell Room and with the English National Opera Studio in the Coliseum. She also took part in first complete performance of Stockhausen's Mittwoch aus Licht as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Recent solo roles include Dejanira (Hercules) for New Chamber Opera and Hansel for West Sussex Opera. She has also toured with Handmade Opera in roles including Cherubino (Figaro), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Mrs Noye (Noye's Fludde), and Olga (Eugene Onegin). Last year she sang Juno and Ino (Semele) in the first ever performance of a Western opera in Kuwait.