St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Olive Murray - soprano, Christopher Foreman - piano

Tuesday, 25 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Olive Murray - soprano, Christopher Foreman - piano

Olive Murray- soprano
Christopher Foreman - piano

Scarlatti

Le Violette

Mozart    

Oiseaux si tous les an   
Zeffiretti Lusinghieri (from Idomeneo)

Strauss    

All mein gedanken
Schlagende Herzen

Poulenc    

Voyage à Paris
Les chemins de l'amour

Howells    

On the Merry first of May
Girl's Song

Rachmaninov

Lilacs
Spring Song

Olive Murray read history at Cambridge.  She has sung a variety of operatic roles including First Lady and Queen of the Night (Magic Flute); Constanza (Il Seraglio); Frasquita and Micaela (Carmen); Female Chorus (Rape of Lucretia); Anna (Nabucco); Zerlina and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni); Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos); Margarita (Faust); Belinda (Dido); Fire, Princess & Nightingale (L'Enfant et les Sortileges); Adele (Die Fledermaus); Angelina (Trial by Jury); Violetta (La Traviata). Giorgetta (Il Tabarro).  Last summer she sang the role of Miss Wordsworth (Albert  Herring) for Almaviva Opera.  She sang the role of 'Prayer Singer' at Covent Garden in the production of Porgy and Bess which was subsequently televised by the BBC.

She has gained considerable experience as a recital and oratorio soloist in Britain and abroad singing with many choral societies appearing at Southwark Cathedral, St. James Piccadilly, and Fairfields Hall and in Germany. Her oratorio and concert performances include 'C' Minor Mass, Coronation Mass and Requiem (Mozart); Nelson Mass (Haydn); Jubilee Cantata (Weber); Messiah (Handel); Solemn Vespers (Mozart); Paukenmesse (Haydn)  and Vivaldi's Gloria; recitals at St. James' Piccadilly and St.Martin's-in-the-Field, recently singing there the Pergolesi Stabat Mater.  She made her debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall singing the Handel 'Dixit Dominus', Bernstein Mass and Mendelssohn's Elijah.

Christopher Foreman studied piano, piano accompaniment and organ at the RAM under Jean Anderson, Rex Stephens, David Sanger and others in the 1980s.  There he won five prizes for piano, piano accompaniment and history, including the Tobias Matthay Award. He has given piano and duo recitals in London and the UK, including St. James Piccadilly as well as organ recitals in Germany. He is the author of "Benjamin Dale--a reassessment", to be found on Music Web International. He is now, since 2012, organist and choirmaster at St. Paul's, Winchmore Hill.