St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Roxanne Korda - soprano, John Cuthbert - piano

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

Roxanne Korda - soprano, John Cuthbert - piano


      Les Heures Claires




      Mélodies passagères


The London born coloratura soprano Roxanne Korda studies with Paul Farrington and Gareth Roberts. She will be starting Morley Opera Course at Morley College in the autumn. Formerly a student of Physics and Philosophy at King's College, she has always been determined to pursue singing as a full time profession. 


Roxanne is a keen performer with a background in performing as a dancer (ballet, contemporary and tap) until the age of 18, and with the National Youth theatre. She has recently performed the role of Rosalinda in Strauss's Die Fledermaus, and in scenes Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Carolina (Il Matrimonio Segreto) at the Oxenfoord Summer School. She has also performed exerpts as Bessie from Merrie England (Edward German) at the Chelsea Arts Club. 


She is very comfortable on the recital platform and is currently collaborating with the pianist John Cuthbert (graduate of RCM) to put together a recital programme of German lieder. Previous recitals include performing a selection of operatic arias at the All Hallows by the Tower, the solo soprano in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (also at All Hallows), some lighter cabaret song at the Chelsea Arts Club, and a selection of French lieder for concerts in churches around Carcassonne (France). Roxanne has also sung in many music competitions in and around London gaining first prizes in the Ealing and Blackheath Music Festivals. Sometimes Roxanne can also be found as a singing waitress providing unexpected operatic amusements to Venetian Feasts.


John Cuthbert studied piano accompaniment at postgraduate level at the Royal College of Music where he received tuition from Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles and took part in masterclasses given by Sarah Walker CBE and Patricia MacMahon, amongst others. At the RCM John won the accompanist prizes in the college's English Song Competition, Lieder Competition and Lies Askonas Competition. He performed alongside Emilie Renard in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall in London and with Edward Grint at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, London. After graduating with a Masters of Music degree in 2011 John was awarded a place on the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Foyles Future Firsts training scheme 2011/2012 in which he was mentored by Catherine Edwards. His enrolment on this scheme led to performances with the City of London Sinfonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra, with whom he travelled to Salzburg and Lucerne to play celeste in performances of Prokofiev's Cinderella in August 2012.

As a répétiteur, John has worked with Co-Opera Company in Puccini's Suor Angelica and Madama Butterfly in 2013 and with the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Opera Company for The Mikado and Iolanthe, featuring Simon Butteriss, and The Pirates of Penzance in 2014. He has performed live on BBC Radio 3's programme In Tune with principals of both companies. John has recently started working with the London Children's Opera Company and London Cantamusica, both run by Kathleen Smith. He was chorus master for their joint performance of Menotti's opera Amahl and the Night Visitors at the beginning of January 2015 and again for their production of Britten's Noye Nudd earlier this year.


In 2014, John performed at the Wigmore Hall with Katherine Crompton as part of the Kathleen Ferrier International Song Competition and had the opportunity to have further study with Malcolm Martineau and Robin Bowman as a student in the Oxenfoord International Summer School for Singers and Accompanists, with a bursary to attend again this year. He was also awarded a place on the prestigious Samling masterclass week at the end of February during which he worked with Yvonne Kenny, John Fisher, Christopher Glynn, and James Baillieu in the beautiful surroundings of Farlam Hall in Cumbria.


Until the end of his under-graduate degree, John's focus was on solo piano. He studied with Andrew Ball, as an under-graduate, and Peter Lawson for three years before that. As a soloist John has performed at St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. He was a prize winner in the Moray International Piano Festival and Blue Ribband Winner in the Arbroath Music Festival.


In 2008 John recorded a CD, The Auld Alliance, consisting of French and Scottish music, alongside David Cuthbert (flute) and Aileen Birch (soprano). He has also been incredibly fortunate to travel with Swan Hellenic cruises as the accompanist of the classical quartet Cantaremo. These travels have included Oman, Egypt, Jordan, the Caribbean, Argentina and Brazil where the music is as hot as the weather.