St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Christopher Foster - bass, Audrey Hyland - piano

Tuesday, 20 May at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Christopher Foster - bass, Audrey Hyland - piano Christopher Foster - bass, Audrey Hyland - piano


Loveliest of trees                                              


The lads in their hundreds


Along the Field                                              


Into my heart an air that kills


The soldier                                             


Bugles Sang


Channel Firing                         


When there is Peace                                   


Soldier from the Wars returning  

Educated at Newcastle University and the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, Christopher was a winner of the N.F.M.S. Young Concert Artists' Award and a finalist in the Richard Tauber Competition at The Wigmore Hall.  He was also selected for Thomas Allen's inaugural singing course at The Samlings in the Lake District.

His concert work has seen him perform throughout the UK and Europe with orchestras such as the RPO, BBC SO, and Les Musiciens du Louvre and conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Andrew Davis and Mark Minkowski.  Highlights include Mozart's Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall, Handel's Messiah at the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City, Beijing - believed to be its English premiere - Orff's Carmina Burana at Beijing University and Mendelssohn's Elijah at Durham cathedral.  
Christopher has appeared in many festivals and in radio broadcasts,  including Bach's St. Matthew Passion for the Henry Wood Proms on two separate occasions, Schumann's Manfred and Stravinsky's Le Rossignol (both at the Royal Festival Hall) and the world premiere Britten's The Rescue of Penelope in the Aldeburgh Festival.  

His operatic roles include Sam in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti (Gent, Belgium), Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Arthur in Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse, Kawabata in the UK premiere of Philip Glass' Hotel of Dreams, (Volta Theatre), Traveller in Nova Music Opera's UK tour of Britten's Curlew River and,
most recently Father Frost in Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden.

Future work includes: recitals at Dorchester Abbey (English Music Festival) and Presteigne Fesival and the role of Friar Laurence in Mendelssohn's Romeo and Juliet for Riverside Opera.
When not singing, he enjoys photography, fine wine, the cinema and cycling at the gym, though not necessarily in that order.

Audrey Hyland studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she won all the major awards for accompaniment and chamber music, also making the concerto debut, playing Mozart Concerto K413 with Glasgow Festival Strings. She moved on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she again won all the major awards for accompaniment. She completed further studies at the Banfff Centre for the arts, in Canada, and at the Britten Pears School in Aldeburgh, where she became a staff accompanist and coach.

Audrey was the inaugural winner of the Sir Henry Richardson Award for accompanists and her career as an accompanist has seen her perform in Korea, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Austria and Ireland, as well as at most of Britain's major concert venues.
Audrey is also in great demand as a vocal coach. She joined the staff of the Royal Academy of Music in 1999 and has been awarded an honorary ARAM in recognition of her outstanding work for the opera department there. She also coaches on the Jette Parker Young Artists Program at Coven Garden.

Audrey has given masterclasses in London, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Canada and Korea and is a guest coach for the Samling Foundation Classes and the Accademia Solti masterclasses. She has also conducted performances of La Cenerentola, The Magic Flute, Semele and Cosi Fan Tutte for The Jackdaws Music Education Trust.