St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Eleanor Broomfield - soprano, and Seán Morgan Rooney - piano

Friday, 19 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Eleanor Broomfield - soprano, and Seán Morgan Rooney - pianoEleanor Broomfield - soprano, and Seán Morgan Rooney - piano


           Capuletti ed montecchi - 'Oh quante volte'




           Piano sonata no 4 in Op C minor 29

                           I. Allegro molto

                           III. Allegro con brio, ma non leggiero


           The Salley Gardens

           Ca' the yowes 



Eleanor Broomfield is a young British soprano in her final undergraduate year at the Royal Academy of Music, under the tutelage of Julie Kennard and Gareth Hancock. She holds the Audrey Lyon Scholarship and is kindly supported by the Josephine Baker Trust and the Richard Porter Trust. She was also awarded the Arthur Burcher Memorial prize in both her first and second years.

Her operatic experience includes playing the Young Vixen in 'The Cunning Little Vixen' at Longborough Opera House as well as performing the roles of Despina, Eurydice and Giannetta in Opera scenes at the Festival Camogli in Italy. She has sung in the Chorus of Ariodante, Suor Angelica and Le Nozze di Figaro, all put on by the Royal Academy of Music Opera, and took part in British Youth Opera's 2015 workshops. Eleanor is also a member of the Academy/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata's as well as the Chamber Choir, and sang as a soloist during their tour to Germany in 2013. In her second year, she was selected to compete in the Young Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

Beyond her commitments at the Academy she has sung as a soloist in Handel's Messiah, Bach's Missa Brevis in G major, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Mozart's Regina Coeli K.108 and Stanford's Magnificat in G. She has had the great pleasure of singing as a soloist in Canada and the United States for the choir of Christ's College Cambridge, and has participated in masterclasses with Susan Bullock CBE, Ann Murray DBE, David Pollard and Ros Plowright OBE.

Other exciting upcoming events include performing the role of Puck at RADA studies with the Royal Academy of Music and singing the St John Passion in March. As well as singing the First Witch in Michael Chance's production of Dido and Aeneas in Norfolk.

Seán Rooney is currently in his final year at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is studying under Professor Christopher Elton with the help of the Toba Mann scholarship. Previously, he was a student of John O'Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Seán has won numerous prizes in Ireland including the Teissier Bursary from the Royal Irish Academy and the NI Young Musician of the Year award. In 2010 he was a piano finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. He has concertized in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Spain, and has appeared as soloist with the Hibernia Orchestra in Dublin, the Camerata Ireland Orchestra and the Torun Symphony Orchestra in Poland.

In recent years, Seán has undertaken summer studies at the Banff Centre in Canada and the Aspen Music Festival in the USA. Most recently, Seán was the winner of the Charles J. Brennan Prize at the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition. He was also the winner of the Vivian Langrish piano prize for obtaining the highest mark in his year in the Academy's end of year recitals. During the past summer he gave a recital at the Boyle Arts Festival as well as at the 2015 World Piano Teacher's Conference in Serbia. He also appeared for performances at the 2015 NI Opera Festival of Voice. He is engaged to make his debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin and the Hornton Chamber Orchestra in London, as well as his solo recital debut at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and solo CD recording under the RTÉ Lyric FM label.