St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Sophie Timms - mezzo soprano and Andrew Daniels - piano

Friday, 17 July at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Sophie Timms - mezzo soprano and Andrew Daniels - piano



Die Lotosblume (from Myrthen Lieder)

Hugo Wolf (from Mörike Lieder)


Die Geister am Mummelsee



Vergebliches Ständchen

Wagner from Wesendonck Lieder

Stehe still


Mahler from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Wer hat dies Leidlein erdacht?


Sophie Timms is an aspiring mezzo-soprano and a versatile performer whose repertoire ranges from Baroque sacred oratorio and German Lieder to musical theatre and contemporary vocal compositions. Sophie is a choral scholar at Christchurch Chelsea, where she has also appeared as a soloist in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. A proficient singer in other languages, she is currently preparing for a lunchtime recital programme of French song and has previously performed in a Liederabend recital. Sophie also sings as a semi-chorus member of The Bach Choir and has performed a large variety of choral works in internationally renowned venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Cadogan Hall. As a soloist with the Choir she has performed the role of Pilate's Wife and Maid 1 in Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the Royal Festival Hall and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre during the Choir's international tour in Easter 2014.

A Bachelor of Music graduate of King's College, University of London, Sophie currently studies with former BBC Singer Mary Phillips (having previously received tuition from the Royal Academy of Music's Natalia Brezinska) and is working towards her diploma in vocal studies. She is currently engaged in rehearsals for Opera South's production of Verdi's La Traviata in October 2014, and has previously taken small roles in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe and Kurt Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, and as a Gossip in Britten's Noyes Fludde. She regularly performs at private engagements including weddings and parties, as well as giving solo and ensemble recitals in venues across London.

Andrew Daniels is a graduate of the London College of Music, where he is also a Licentiate and Associate. Holding a degree in music he also has diplomas in teaching and performance.

As a performer Andrew is particularly noted as an accompanist, Repetiteur and singer. In a wide-ranging career he has accompanied instrumentalists, choirs and singers in many venues, at home and abroad. He has taken many tenor roles in operas from the baroque to twentieth century, composers ranging from Purcell, Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Sullivan and Menotti; but has also performed many leading roles in music theatre, his favourite being the Emcee in Cabaret. He has always maintained a presence on the concert platform, both as soloist and recitalist.

As a member of the Bach Choir Andrew performs regularly at prestigious concert venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, The Guildhall, Westminster Central Hall and Brompton Oratory. He has also participated in a number of recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has made a number of recordings, at Abbey Road Studios, of film tracks, providing background vocals for the films Prometheus, Journey To The Centre Of The World and Jack The Giant Killer. In addition he has broadcast on Radio 2, Radio 3, Classic FM and Sky Arts. Last year he participated in a tour to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong.

As a Music Director Andrew specialises in lesser known, but challenging pieces such as Sweeney Todd, Jekyll and Hyde, Chess, Marguerite, The Baker's Wife and the European premiere of the Broadway show Frankenstein. He will be directing The Mikado next season.