St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Lesley Cox - soprano, and Curtis Dabek - piano

Tuesday, 23 June at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Lesley Cox - soprano, and Curtis Dabek - pianoLesley Cox - soprano, and Curtis Dabek - piano

 Parisotti.

      Se tu m'ami  

Paisiello

      From La Molinara 

          Nel Cor piu non mi sento 

Handel

      From Rinaldo 

          Lascia ch'io Pianga 

Puccini

      From Manon Lescaut  

          In Quelle trine morbide

Balfe  

      From The Bohemian Girl  

          I Dreamt I dwelt in Marble Halls 

Novello

      From the Film Symphony in Two Flats

           Give me back my heart 

      From The Dancing Years  

          My Dearest Dear 

Herbert

      From Eileen  

           Thine Alone

Puccini

      From La Boheme  

          Quando men vo soletta per la via  

Lesley Cox trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, with a scholarship from the D'Oyly Carte Trust. An experienced Gilbert & Sullivan performer, working for Carl Rosa Opera as both Principal Soprano and Staff Director, where her roles include Mabel, Josephine, Yum Yum, Constance and Elsie Maynard - with tours including the UK, USA and Australia and most recently London's  West End. Other credits include the National Theatre revival production of "An Inspector Calls ". Various film  work  includes an MI6 agent in James Bond "Skyfall", Jack the Ripper victim - Mary Kelly for illusionists Penn & Teller in  their BAFTA  nominated  documentary "Tim's Vermeer ".  Lesley worked with film Director Ron Howard on his new film ' Heart of the Sea' - as a" stand in" for the actress Michelle Fairley. Most recent work was a choir project for the Charity - CRISIS. The Charity deals with the homeless and working from their Skylight Education Centre in East London they help to retrain and rehouse people. This project culminated with Lesley singing and conducting the Choir at their annual Christmas Carol Concert at Southwark Cathedral last December. She is also a member of the Theatrical Charity Organistaion - The Grand Order of Lady Ratlings. Future work includes several  concerts with Soprano Sarah Sweeting, and a production of "Die Fledermaus" for Carl Rosa Opera at the Theatre Royal, Bath, in June. Lesley is very pleased to be performing again at St Bride's. 

Curtis Dabek trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with the baritone John Noble and the piano teacher Cimbro Martin.Since leaving the Guildhall he has sung in many forms of musical productions from Revue, Summer Season, Pantomime and Musicals. He worked many times with John Hanson and played Gen. Birabeau in the final tour of The Desert Song with John Hanson.

Curtis joined the Opera de Nice in France in 1988 and sang in nearly 90 different Operas and Operettas before returning to the UK in 2006. During his time in Nice, he composed some musical pieces for children and they were performed.

Until his retirement from the Stage last year, Curtis worked mainly in the field of Gilbert and Sullivan Operas with both the Carl Rosa Opera Co and the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Co which is attached to the International Festival of Gilbert and Sullivan, which was held in Buxton Derbyshire each year, until moving to Harrogate. Also he managed to squeeze in two pantomimes in Middlesbrough.

He has published some of his compositions on YouTube.