St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Katy Thomson - soprano, and John Cuthbert - piano

Friday, 13 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Katy Thomson - soprano, and John Cuthbert - piano  Katy Thomson - soprano, and John Cuthbert - piano


     Recit: Wiewohl mein Herz in tränen Schwimmt

     Aria: Ich will dir mein Herze schenken


      Che Fiero Costume       






     Von Ewiger Liebe


      Over the mountains

     Love's Philosophy

Ned Rorem

     To a Young Girl


     The Singer


      Injurious Hermia (Midsummer Night's Dream)


     To Gratiana Dancing and Singing

Katy began singing as a chorister at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, at the age of eight. She currently lives in London, studying singing with Ann De Renais. Katy graduated from Durham University with a First Class Honours Degree in June 2012. Whilst at Durham, she performed in various Durham Opera Ensemble productions, including playing Lady Billows in Albert Herring(Britten); Rosalinda in Die Feldermaus (Strauss) and Angelica in The Poisoned Kiss (Vaughan Williams). Katy performed regularly with The Miranda Wright Singers, including playing Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro in July 2011, in a production that toured the North East of England. With Professor Jeremy Dibble she gave a recital for the Stanford Society and featured as a soloist on the Durham University CD of Sir John Stainer's Sacred Music. Katy has participated in the St Endellion Easter Festival for the past five years and will do so again this Easter. In the 2011 festival, Katy played Second Witch in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, in a cast that included Sarah Fox and Thomas Guthrie. In 2012, Katy sang the semi-chorus of Janάček'sDiary Of One Who Disappeared (in Czech), performing with Mark Padmore, Ryan Wigglesworth and Pamela Helen Stephen. Katy has sung in master-classes with Ann Lampard, Claire Booth, Claire Weston, Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau. In September 2012, she sang in the promotional mini-recitals that formed part of the Oxford Lieder Festival's marketing scheme and was awarded a place on the first Samling Academy course in October 2012. In March 2014 Katy was the soprano soloist for the World Premiere of George Dyson's Choral Symphony with the New London Orchestra and the London Chorus in St John's Smith Square, conducted by Ronald Corp. This concert was supported by Durham University and also featured the new Chancellor, Sir Thomas Allen, singing Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs. In May 2015, Katy featured as the Soprano soloist for the Convivium Records recording of Oliver Tarney's Magnificat.  


John Cuthbert studied piano accompaniment at postgraduate level at the Royal College of Music where he received tuition from Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles as well as taking part in masterclasses given by Sarah Walker CBE and Patricia MacMahon amongst others. During his time at the RCM John won the accompanist prizes in the college's English Song Competition, Lieder Competition and Lies Askonas Competition. He also 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 from the Master of Music degree course 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 has 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 their productions of Puccini's Suor Angelica and Madama Butterfly in 2013 and with the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Opera Company for their productions of 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 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 and has been awarded 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. This culminated in a public masterclass and performance at the Sage in Gateshead by the scholars of that week, now given the title, Samling Artists.

Until the end of his under-graduate degree, John's focus was on solo piano. He studied with Andrew Ball during his years as an under-graduate and Peter Lawson for three years before that. As a soloist John has had the opportunity to perform 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.