St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Jenny Bacon - soprano, Catriona Beveridge - piano

Tuesday, 12 May at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Jenny Bacon - soprano, Catriona Beveridge - pianoJenny Bacon - soprano, Catriona Beveridge - piano


   From 'Werther'

      Frère! voyez!... Du gai soleil


   From 'Die Fledermaus'

      Spiel' ich die Unschuld vom Lande


   From 'Giuditta'

      On my lips every kiss is like wine


      Young Venevil

      Twilight Fancies

 English trad. (arr. Grainger)

      The Sprig of Thyme

Burns (arr. Wilson)

      Ae fond kiss


      The sun whose rays are all ablaze


   From 'Street Scene'

     What good would the moon be?


Jenny Bacon studied post-graduate singing at the Royal Academy of Music, London having read Music as an undergraduate at Somerville College, Oxford. During her time at the Royal Academy, Jenny was awarded The Hilda Anderson Deane Prize for solo recital, The Major Von Someren Godfrey Prize for English Song and The Sir Arthur Bliss Prize. She was a soloist for Berio's 'Agnus' as part of the Berio Festival in association with the South Bank and Monteverdi's 'Vespers' as part of the Spitalfields Festival. Jenny currently studies with Joy Mammen.

Jenny has performed operatic scenes including Yniold in a concert performance of Debussy's 'Pelias et Melisande' at St John Smith's Square. Recent oratorio performances include Haydn's 'Nelson Mass', Rossini's 'Petite Messe Solennelle', Mozart's 'Requiem' and Haydn's 'Creation'.

Jenny has sung with many choirs and has regular work in many London based churches, including The Guards Chapel. She frequently works with The BBC Singers, Synergy Vocals, English Voices, RSVP Voices and Philharmonia Voices and has toured worldwide. Session work includes the 'Harry Potter' soundtrack and the Robin Gibb 'Requiem'. Jenny has worked with composer Steve Reich in Japan, Salzburg, Strasbourg and Dresden performing 'Music for 18' and 'Proverb'. Jenny's vocal trio The Jazzàbelles - a close harmony group inspired by The Andrews Sisters - also perform regularly at functions and events


In 2009 Jenny reached the semi-final of the Thelma King Award and the final of
The Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition. She also took part in
a performance of Bach's 'St Matthew Passion' under Masaaki Suzuki as part of the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artists programme. Since 2012, Jenny has performed solo recitals in Oxford, Cambridge and London, backed the rapper Labyrinth on The Jonathan Ross Show and performed with The Clod Ensemble in The Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern. She was Rose Maurrant in Weill's 'Street Scene' and performed the title role of Janáček's 'The Cunning Little Vixen' in the Zezere Arts Festival, Portugal. She also appeared in concert at The Stables with singer songwriter Julia Fordham, performing a duet of her famous hit 'Love Moves in Mysterious Ways'.

Jenny's 2013 CD of solo folksongs 'Ae Fond Kiss' is available to purchase and features original arrangements by Gareth Wilson. 2014 highlights included Mahler VIII 'Symphony of a Thousand' and performing backing vocals for 
a concert performance of Goldie's 'Timeless' album, both at the Royal Festival Hall. 2015 has seen a series of solo concerts in London and the south of England.

Catriona Beveridge studied at the RNCM and the RCM, before becoming WNO Associate Artist and then trainee répétiteur for ENO. From 2006-2008 she was the répétiteur on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, joining the Royal Opera music staff on numerous productions and working with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Mark Elder, Simon Rattle, Jiri Belohlavek, Thomas Ades and Bruno Campanella; and with singers including Placido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Gerald Finley, Rolando Villazon, Simon Keenlyside and Natalie Dessay to name but a few.  Since leaving, she has returned to give recitals in the Crush Room and Linbury and act as music staff on La fanciulla del West, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, La bohème, L'elisir d'amore, Der Rosenkavalier, Madama Butterfly, Salome, La Traviata, Tosca, Il Trittico and Les Vepres Siciliennes for The Royal Opera.  She now regularly works as a Repetiteur and coach for the Royal Opera House, ENO, Glyndebourne, Grange Park, Opera Holland Park, Barbican, Garsington, Opera North and the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.  As an accompanist, she was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Royal Overseas League and YCAT auditions, and part of the Young Songmakers' Almanac. She has given many recitals in the UK as well as Guernsey, Zurich and Singapore with artists such as Philip Langridge and Emma Bell.


Recording includes piano in a CD of Ariadne auf Naxos' for Chandos and piano for the 'Miss Saigon' new London cast album as well as featuring on many DVD's from the Royal Opera House and on many 'In Tune' broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. On a slightly different note, Catriona is one of the musical directors for 'Matilda' in the West End as well as playing regularly in the bands for Miss Saigon, Matilda and Les Miserables. She also plays for auditions and rehearsals for Cameron Mackintosh, Really Useful Group, ITV, the RSC and David Grindrod casting and conducted a few performances of Phantom of the Opera on the National tour in 2012/13.