St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Lunchtime Recital: Eleanor Minney - mezzo soprano, and Michael Waldron - piano

Tuesday, 26 May at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Lunchtime Recital: Eleanor Minney - mezzo soprano, and Michael Waldron - pianoLunchtime Recital: Eleanor Minney - mezzo soprano, and Michael Waldron - piano

"Fairest Isle: A Celebration of English Composers"


      Come Sing and Dance


      Hope: An Addison Cycle (World Premiere)

          When Rising From the Bed Of Death

          The Lord My Pasture Shall Prepare

          On The Lady Manchester

          How Are Thy Servants Blessed, O Lord



      King David

Britten (Purcell realisations)

      Fairest Isle

      Sweeter Than Roses

Eleanor Minney

In 2010 Eleanor gained a First Class Honours degree in Vocal Studies from Trinity College of Music, London. She was also awarded the 2009 Wilfred Greenhouse Allt prize for Cantata and Oratorio for her performance in JS Bach's St. John Passion.

Recent operatic roles include Ruggiero (Handel Alcina) for Musica Poetica London, Cherubino (Mozart Marriage of Figaro) and Fanny Price (Dove Mansfield Park) for Hampstead Garden Opera, Mercedes (Bizet Carmen) for Riverside Opera, Maddalena (Verdi Rigoletto) for Brent Opera, Lucretia (Britten The Rape of Lucretia), Florence Pike (Britten Albert Herring) for Shadwell Opera, Amanzio (Handel Giustino) and Second Witch (Purcell Dido and Aeneas).

Eleanor made her BBC television solo debut in 2013, performing Bach's Erbarme Dich (St. Matthew Passion) with the English Baroque Soloists, for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's documentary Bach: A Passionate Life.

Other solo highlights include Bach's B Minor Mass with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Tuscany, Mozart Requiem (St. Martin-in-the-Fields), Mozart Coronation Mass (St. John's Smith Square), the world premiere of Tavener's The Beautiful Names (BBC Symphony Orchestra), Daniel-Lesur Les Cantique de Cantiques at the BBC Proms, a series of recitals with baroque violinist Davina Clarke, and solo recitals at London's St. Martin-in-the-fields and Cadogan Hall.

Future engagements include Joby Talbot's Alice in Wonderland with the Royal Ballet, and a new production of Gluck's Orpheus ed Euridice, both at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Eleanor is also a busy consort singer. She is a permanent member of the BBC Singers and the choir of St. Bartholomew the Great and performs regularly with The Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen, the OAE, Collegium Vocale Gent, Tenebrae and The Eric Whitacre Singers.

Michael began his musical training as a chorister at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns. After spending a year as Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral, Michael went on to spend four years as Organ Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge under the direction of Stephen Layton. During his time there he was involved with the Choir's numerous international tours, concerts, broadcasts and Grammy-nominated recordings. In 2010 Michael was winner of the Cambridge University Edith Leigh piano competition.

Having graduated in 2010, Michael works as a conductor, accompanist and repetiteur. Founder and director of the Pinnacle Ensemble - a professional chamber ensemble of singers and instrumentalists - he is celebrated for his interpretation of repertoire ranging from Purcell and Gibbons, to contemporary works by Lukaszewski, MacMillan, Pärt and Tavener. Recent projects have included a premiere devotional performance of Francis Grier's Sword in the Soul (featuring poet Sir Geoffrey Hill and opera librettist Alice Goodman), critically-acclaimed performances as part of the City of London Festival and the 2012 Celebrate the City Festival, a recording of songs by composer Michael Pringhseim with soprano Miranda Keys, and a televised performance of music by Pergolesi. Upcoming performances include another recording of music by Michael Pringsheim (February 2013) and two commercial recordings later this year.

In September 2012 Michael was appointed artistic director of London Lyric Opera, and will be directing their upcoming concerts later this year. Recent operatic projects include directing GO Opera's acclaimed production (and subsequent revival) of La Traviata, assistant-directing the 2012 Ryedale Festival production of Eugene Onegin, along with work for Les Arts Florissant. Other guest appearances range from Bach cantatas (as a founding director of the Cambridge Bach Players), through to works by Strauss (Metamorphosen with the Wren Ensemble), and Elgar (Spirit of England with Queen Mary's Consort).

Michael is Assistant Director of Music at Chelsea Old Church. In September 2012 Michael was appointed Assistant Director of Music for the Epworth Choir, and more recently Assistant Director of Music for Islington Choral Society.