Rachael Cawte & Friends - Leeds
Join mezzo-soprano Rachael Cawte and musicians from Leeds College of Music for a free concert and Summer Tea Party
Rachael Cawte & Friends will perform a programme of classical music in the wonderfully atmospheric church of St John's from 12noon - 1pm, followed by a Summer Tea Party with cakes and light refreshments.
Rachael Cawte, Amber Furssedonn-Coates and Adam Gouldin (mezzo soprano, soprano, baritone)
Graduates of Leeds College of Music, award winning singers Rachael, Amber and Adam join together to perform some of their favourite pieces. All recipients of the Margret Markland Choral Scholarship, with extensive experience in opera, oratorio and stage work, these three young singers have already begun successful singing careers. Between them they have been accepted onto schemes with British Youth Opera, The National Youth Music Theatre and Belgian Opera Company “Musiktheatre Transparant”.
Photograph credit: Tom Joy.
Grace Mayne and Dan Warren (clarinet duo)
Dan and Grace are first year BA(Hons) Classical students studying Clarinet at Leeds College of Music. They are both a part of the LCoM Wind Orchestra and Camerata Orchestra, as well as members of Clarinet Quartet ‘Avena’, with whom they have performed in several venues including Wakefield Cathedral.
Frank Zikos (piano)
An alumnus of the Leeds College of Music, Frank is now continuing his MA studies at the University of York. As a classical pianist his repertoire mostly focuses on Romantic music, and he also performs selections of early Baroque and Contemporary music. Frank has been mentored in Jazz improvisation by the Grammy award winner Milcho Leviev. He is active as a soloist and also as the pianist of the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra and The Great Yorkshire Dance Orchestra.
Konstantina Pigada (classical guitar)
Konstantina started her guitar studies at the age of 8 in Thessaloniki, Greece. She has studied under internationally renowned guitarists, such as Gerhard Reichenbach and Kostas Kotsiolis at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. She was awarded the 2nd prize at Veria Guitar Festival in 2005 and has also with her ensemble won the 2nd prize for their composition at the Artwave Athens Festival in 2011. Konstantina is currently a BA second year student at the University of Leeds studying classical guitar with Robin Hill.
Morgana Warren-Jones (soprano)
Morgana is a Welsh Soprano in her final year studying the BMus Music course at the University of Leeds. During her time at university, she has been an active member of the Leeds University Chamber Choir, the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds, the National Youth Choir of Wales, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, with whom she has sung in live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.
As a soloist she regularly performs with the William Mathias Chamber Choir and the Leeds Baroque ensemble. She made her opera debut in 2011 as Mrs Jaffett in Noye’s Fludde – Britten at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, and has since been in the chorus of Eugene Onegin - Tchaikovsky and Macbeth – Verdi (Dorset Opera), and performed the roles of Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen (Leeds University Opera Society) and Cinderella in Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon (Northern Opera Group). In 2015 she was presented with the John Thorpe Special award, given to promising young musicians from the Friends of Gwynedd Youth Music.