St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Jenny Bacon - soprano, and Siobhain O'Higgins - piano

Thursday, 19 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Jenny Bacon - soprano, and Siobhain O'Higgins - pianoJenny Bacon - soprano, and Siobhain O'Higgins - piano

Delibes

Les Filles de Cadix

Mozart

S'altro che lacrime (La clemenza di tito)

Verdi

Sul fil d'un soffio etesio (Falstaff)

Lewiston Sharpe

Twilight by the River:

1. Among the restless dunes

2. The sun's last light

3. A song, mysterious

4. Abydos

5. On the west bank at Thebes

Trad. arr. Britten

I will give my love an apple

Foster

Jeanie with the light brown hair

Weill

Saga of Jenny

Jenny Bacon studied post-graduate singing at the Royal Academy of Music, London having read music as an undergraduate at Somerville College, Oxford. During her time at the Academy, Jenny was awarded The Hilda Anderson Deane Prize for solo recital, The Major Von Someren Godfrey Prize for English Song and The Sir Arthur Bliss Prize. She was a soloist for Berio's 'Agnus' as part of the Berio Festival in association with the South Bank and Monteverdi's 'Vespers' as part of the Spitalfields Festival. Jenny currently studies with Joy Mammen.

Jenny's operatic roles include Yniold in a concert performance of Debussy's 'Pelias et Melisande' at St John Smith's Square, Rose Maurrant in Weill's 'Street Scene' and the title role of Janáček's 'The Cunning Little Vixen'. Oratorio performances include Haydn's 'Nelson Mass', Haydn's 'Creation', Bach's 'B minor Mass' and Mozart's 'Requiem'. Jenny has sung with many choirs and is a regular soprano at The Guards Chapel. She frequently works with The BBC Singers, Synergy Vocals, RSVP Voices and Philharmonia Voices and has toured worldwide. Jenny has worked with composer Steve Reich in Japan, Salzburg, Strasbourg and Dresden performing 'Music for 18' and 'Proverb'. She appeared in multiple performances with the Clod Ensemble at the Tate Modern in 'The Silver Swan' in 2012.

In 2009 she reached the semi-final of The Thelma King Award and the final of The Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition. She also took part in a performance of Bach's 'St Matthew Passion' under Masaaki Suzuki as part of the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artists programme. Jenny recorded a CD of solo folksongs 'Ae Fond Kiss' in 2013. Jenny's vocal trio The Jazzàbelles - a close harmony group inspired by The Andrews Sisters - also perform at functions and events. Session work includes the 'Harry Potter' soundtrack, the Robin Gibb 'Requiem', backing the rapper Labyrinth on The Jonathan Ross Show and vocals for IKEA and Morrisons television advertisements.

Concert highlights of recent years range from solo recitals in the UK, chorus for Mahler VIII 'Symphony of a Thousand' at the Royal Festival Hall, vocals for '2001: A Space Odyssey' in Shanghai, Shostakovich's 'Orango' at the 2015 Proms and performing backing vocals for a concert performance of Goldie's 'Timeless' album. For further information and upcoming performances please go to www.jennybacon.co.uk

Siobhain O'Higgins specialised in collaborative piano playing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in a two-year postgraduate course. This was followed by a Junior Fellowship in Accompaniment at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Whilst studying at the GSMD, Siobhain won the School's Accompanist Prize, and later the Megan Foster Prize, the pianist's prize in the Maggie Teyte Competition with Soprano Martene Grimson.

Since then she has been based in London, working mainly as a recitalist and a vocal coach. During this time her performances have taken place in locations such as Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, St James's, Piccadilly, Southbank Centre, the Austrian Cultural Institute, the House of Lords and the Tower of London, as well as less stable locations aboard Swan Hellenic's Minervas 1 and 11. Recital partners have included Paul Hamburger, Elizabeth Watts, Phillip Smith, Ameral Gunson and Lee Bisset, amongst several others.

Current and regular work includes performing with Streetwise Opera, Lost Chord and as pianist and advisor to the Somerset Song Prize. She frequently woks as a pianist at the Junior Guildhall School of Music, which involves performing with instrumentalists of any genre. This year has seen performances with four of their scholars at London's Charlton House, solo recitals of Rachmaninov and Chopin, and a Song Recital with Elizabeth Watts.

 

Jenny Bacon studied post-graduate singing at the Royal Academy of Music having read Music as an undergraduate at Somerville College, Oxford. Jenny currently studies with Joy Mammen. Recent oratorio performances include Bach's 'B minor Mass' and Mozart's 'Requiem'. Operatic roles include Rose Maurrant in Weill's 'Street Scene' and the title role of Janáček's 'The Cunning Little Vixen'. Jenny is a regular soprano at The Guards Chapel. She frequently works with The BBC Singers, Synergy Vocals, English Voices, RSVP Voices and Philharmonia Voices and has toured worldwide. Jenny's 2013 CD of solo folksongs 'Ae Fond Kiss' is available via www.jennybacon.co.uk

Jenny will be premiering David Lewiston Sharpe's song cycle 'Twilight by the River' at her recital in St Brides.

Siobhain O'Higgins is based in London, working mainly as a freelance recitalist and a vocal coach. She has performed in locations such as the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, St James's, Piccadilly, Southbank Centre, the Austrian Cultural Institute, the House of Lords and the Tower of London. Recital partners have included Paul Hamburger, Elizabeth Watts, Phillip Smith, Ameral Gunson and Lee Bisset, amongst several others. Ongoing jobs include work for Streetwise Opera and Pianist and Advisor to the Somerset Song Prize. She frequently works as a pianist at the Junior Guildhall School of Music, which involves performing with instrumentalists of any genre. This year has seen performances with four of their scholars at London's Charlton House, solo recitals of Rachmaninov and Chopin, and a Song Recital with Elizabeth Watts.