A Feast of Richard Strauss – Music in Farley
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth.
The Four Last Songs (Diana Vivian soprano)
Diana Vivian (soprano)
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Diana Vivian – Biography
Diana Vivian studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was awarded a Countess of Munster Scholarship and gained the Principal’s Prize for outstanding performance. Whilst still at college, she sang Arie Antiche at the Purcell Room and on BBC Radio 3.
In December 2003, she covered and sang the title role of Aida for Scottish Opera under the direction of Sir Richard Armstrong and covered the roles of Gutrune and Gerhilde in their award-winning production of Der Ring des Nibelungen. For Welsh National Opera she has covered the role of Leonora (Il Trovatore).
For European Chamber Opera, she performed Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly a role which she repeated at Bromley in the open air under the baton of Peter Crockford.
In 2000, she toured the U.S.A. singing 36 performances of 1st Lady (The Magic Flute) and has also sung Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte) for Mid Wales Opera and the Countess (The Marriage of Figaro) for London Opera Players. Other roles include Alice Ford/Falstaff, Amelia/Un Ballo in Maschera, Desdemona/Otello, Lady Macbeth/Macbeth, Abigail/ Nabucco, Cio-Cio-San/ Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot and Leonore/Fidelio.
In October 2004, she was invited to sing Starenka in Robert Carsen’s highly acclaimed production of Jenufa for Vlaamse Opera.
Diana Vivian’s concert repertoire ranges from oratorio to opera galas. She has sung soprano solo in Verdi’s Requiem and Elgar’s The Kingdom in Guildford and Arundel Cathedrals and she sang in Mahler’s 4th Symphony and Strauss’s Four Last Songs at St John’s Smith Square.
She was soprano soloist in the Messiah and Haydn’s Nelson Mass in Rome and Florence and has performed in Barcelona, Krakow and Salzburg. She was the soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony in St. George’s Chapel Windsor under the baton of David Hill and recently sang the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos for the Windsor Festival. She gave a concert performance of the final scene from Strauss’ Capriccio at the Austrian Cultural Forum and has worked with Lawrence Cummings on a brand new community opera.
Fiona Brockhurst – Biography
Fiona Brockhurst trained at the Royal College of Music with Douglas Moore, who was a contemporary and colleague of Dennis Brain. She is a free-lance performer and teacher based near Salisbury. Fiona can be seen playing with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Salisbury Sinfonia, La Folia, Decadent Brass (who have appeared at Farley), and Salisbury Brass Ensemble, with whom she has made recordings and appeared on national television and radio. She has also been to sea, performing on classical music cruises with “Amici”.
Fiona has appeared as soloist with Salisbury Sinfonia, playing Richard Strauss 1st horn concerto, Mozart’s 2nd and 4th concerti, the wind Sinfonia Concertante and Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with Ian Wicks. She has also performed Mozart’s 2nd concerto in Wimborne Minster, last October and at the Turner Sims concert hall in February. Fiona has enjoyed playing the amazing Schumann Konzertstuck for 4 horns and orchestra with Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the Wimborne Players with whom she has also performed the Britten Serenade alongside Colin Howard.
Fiona teaches in Fordingbridge, Salisbury and Winchester and enjoys her summers working on the popular Music Makers courses for young musicians.
Edward Reeve – Biography
Edward is eighteen years old and he has been playing the piano since the age of seven, completing his Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music when he was fourteen. He gained the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music at the end of 2011 with distinction. Edward is a past recipient of the Sheila Mossman Award, and has twice been successful in completing the Regional Auditions for the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.
Edward has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform concertos with a range of orchestras, including Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto (Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra), Mendelssohn’s 1st Piano Concerto (RBCS Festival Orchestra), Mozart’s 24th Piano Concerto (Reading Symphony Orchestra), Poulenc’s Piano Concerto (Reading Symphony Orchestra), Guilmant’s Organ Concerto (Henley Symphony Orchestra), Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia (St John’s Orchestra), Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto (Aldworth Festival Orchestra and Langtree Sinfonia) and Beethoven’s 1st and 2nd Piano Concertos (Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra). Forthcoming engagements include the continuation of a Beethoven concerto cycle with the Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Saint-Saëns Fourth Piano Concerto with Reading Symphony Orchestra on 15th November 2014 and Mozart’s 27th Piano Concerto with Salisbury Sinfonia on 7th February 2015.
As an organist, Edward completed his Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music at Christmas 2012, having won an award for his Grade 8. Having been Organist at St. Andrew’s Church in Caversham Heights and Organ Scholar at Reading Blue Coat School, Edward has spent his gap year as Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral, and has also been awarded an Organ Scholarship to Queens’ College, Cambridge, to read music from October 2014. His next major organ recital is a lunchtime concert at Reading Town Hall on 17th September, which will include Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor (the ‘Dorian’), works by Guilmant, Elgar and Gigout and the Reubke Sonata on the 94th Psalm.
Edward is preparing for Diplomas in ‘cello, harpsichord and singing. Having spent much time conducting choirs at school and being répétiteur for the Aldworth Philharmonic Choir, he made his orchestral conducting debut in March 2013, and is also a keen composer and improviser.