St Bride's: Music - Olive Murray - soprano & Christopher Foreman - piano

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Olive Murray - soprano & Christopher Foreman - piano

Friday, 19 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Olive Murray - soprano & Christopher Foreman - piano


Mein Glaubiges


Ave Maria


Ridente la Calme


Sangers Trost

Er Ist


Apres un Reve


Les Chemins


Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Love's Philosophy




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 sung the role of 'Prayer Singer' at Covent Garden in the production of Porgy & Bess which has subsequently been 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, Fairfields Hall, London, Germany and Montreal Canada. 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' and the Bernstein Mass and she has sang in Mendelsohn's Elijah with baritone Alan Opie.

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.