St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Claire Seaton - soprano & Robert Hunter - piano

Friday, 26 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Claire Seaton - soprano & Robert Hunter - piano

Purcell

    When I am laid in earth

Mozart

    Porgi amor

Catalani

    Ebben? Ne andrò lontana

Dvorak

    Mĕsičku na nebi hlubokém

Puccini

    Vissi d'Arte

    Ch'il  bel sogno

    O mio babbino caro

Born in Wolverhampton, Claire Seaton studied at the Birmingham School of Music, at the Royal Academy of Music with Rae Woodland and Kenneth Bowen, and subsequently with Linda Esther-Grey.  She joined Kent Opera during her final year at the Academy, was awarded the Wessex Glyndebourne Association Prize in 1998 and in 1999 made her Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut singing the role of Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito).  Further engagements at Glyndebourne included covering the roles of Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) and the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), followed by contracts with Opera de Lyon and Opera Europa. 

One of the country's most adaptable sopranos, Claire also enjoys remarkable success in the early music field where she has worked with ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars and the Gabrieli Consort, with whom she made her BBC Proms debut in Handel's Dixit Dominus and is known for her performances of the soprano solos in Allegri's Miserere.

Claire's oratorio experience is extremely broad and she is particularly renowned for her performances of Verdi's Requiem, Brahms' Requiem and Mozart's C Minor Mass. Her recent repertoire has ranged from regularly performed favourites such as Verdi's Requiem and Mozart's Requiem to less common works such as Symanowski's Stabat Mater and Elgar's The Light of Life.

In addition to recording the Allegri Claire's discography includes the role of The Believer in Rutland Boughton's Bethlehem for Naxos, Brahm's Deutsche Requiem with Jeremy Backhouse and the Vasari Singers for Guild, and the world premiere of Jonathan Dove's The far theatricals of day with Nicholas Cleobury. Claire has also recorded the Pergolesi Stabat Mater with the counter tenor Andrew Watts.

Claire recently created the role of Matriarch for the world premiere of Paul Mealor's cantata The Farthest Shore with the BBC singers, broadcast live on Radio 3 from St David's Cathedral.

 

Forthcoming events include Britten's War Requiem in Chichester Cathedral and Strauss

Vier letzte lieder.

Pianist Robert Hunter has performed across the UK and Ireland including in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Nottingham, Bristol and Dublin. Major London concert venues have included St. Johns Smith Square, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Blackheath Concert Halls and St. Martin-In-The-Fields. Concerto performances have included Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no.2 with London's Aurelian Ensemble, Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, Mozart's Piano Concerto No.21 in C major and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. He also appears frequently as a guest pianist aboard many P&O and Cunard cruise ships giving series of solo recitals. In April 2010 he was invited to perform on the maiden voyage of P&O's newest superliner Azura.

In 2002 Robert performed with Opera Etcetera as a part of the Opera Holland Park festival in London exploring rare instrumental music by operatic composers. His performance of Donizetti's first sonata at this concert was released on CD and later broadcast on Classic FM. In 2006 Robert embarked on a tour of the UK and Ireland performing solo and chamber music with the Botton Eurhythmy Ensemble. During this tour he gave over 30 performances in 16 different venues.

Robert Hunter grew up in Taunton, Somerset, where he started to play the piano at the age of ten. He graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2000 and has since been in demand as a solo pianist, accompanist and chamber musician. He currently holds the posts of Head of Piano at Forest School, East London, and teacher of piano and chamber music at Junior Trinity College of Music, London.