St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Olive Murray - soprano and Christopher Foreman - piano

Tuesday, 24 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Olive Murray - soprano and Christopher Foreman - piano


      From Magnificat

          Et exsultavit


      She never told her love

      My mother bids me bind my hair


      Dans un bois solitaire

From Don Giovanni

      Vedrai Carino


      Du bist die Ruh



From La Wally

      Ebben? ne andro 


     Chanson Triste


      Ouvre ton coeur


      How Fair this spot

      Spring Waters


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); Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring).  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, 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', the Bernstein Mass and Mendelsohn's Elijah.

Christopher Foreman studied piano, piano accompaniment and organ at the RAM under Jean Anderson, Rex Stephens, David Sanger and others.  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 organist and choirmaster at St. Paul's, Winchmore Hill.