Southwark featured prominently in the lives and work of the three giants of English literature – Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens – and has been the home and inspiration for many other literary figures too. On 5 September, TNRA is organising a walk around the many local sites associated with these novelists, dramatists and poets led by resident writer John Constable.
Meet from 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm departure at the north east corner of Trinity Church Square by the phone box. The walk will last for around 90 minutes, ending up in one of our local hostelries for a pint or two. There is no charge for joining the walk and no reservations are required. Just turn up!
Following the cancellation of this event in July due to poor weather, it has been re-scheduled for the evening of Friday 14 September. We have engaged a group of four opera singers to perform in the garden of Trinity Church Square from 6.30pm. There will be two sets of 45 minutes with an interval of 20 minutes. Entry is free and no booking is required - just turn up with your refreshments and a rug or folding chair and hope for fine weather!
Melanie read Philosophy and English at Sussex University before training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and on ENO: Opera Works. She now studies with Ann de Renais.
Melanie’s opera roles include Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Minack, Mercédès Carmen with OperaUpClose at the Soho Theatre and on tour in the UK, Lucy The Blank Canvas (Winner of the 2015 Offie Award for Best Opera Production), Dorabella, Annio, Ino, Megabise Artaserse, Drummer Girl The Emperor of Atlantis, Mrs Nolan The Medium, Dido, Second Lady The Magic Flute, Mère Marie and Mother Goose The Rake’s Progress.
Melanie has sung with Scottish Opera The Magic Flute; Birmingham Opera Company Michaelion - Mittwoch aus Licht; London Voices Peter Grimes in London, Shanghai and Beijing, Fidelio and Frank Zappa's 200 Motels; and ENO/Metropolitan Opera Two Boys workshops and ENO/Chandos recording Macbeth.
Caroline graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA in Music and continued her studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on the Postgraduate Diploma course. She currently studies with Neil Baker.
Operatic experience includes: Elle La Voix Humaine, dir. Stuart Barker / MD Kelvin Lim at the Rosemary Branch Theatre; Fiordiligi (excerpts) dir. Elaine Tyler-Hall at Associated Opera Studio; Juliette Romeo et Juliette and Meg Page extracts, dir. Mario Redondo, Zezere Arts Festival Portugal; Jean Armour A Nicht at the Opera, Theatre Royal Dumfries (Commissioned by Creative Scotland); Governess The Turn of the Screw extract and Marzelline Fidelio extract, dir. Janis Kelly cond. Mark Packwood at Oxenfoord Summer School.
Concerts and 0ratorio solos include Messiah, Nelson Mass, The Creation, Mozart Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria. Caroline has performed in public masterclasses with Sarah Walker and Nigel Foster (London Song Festival), Amanda Echalaz and Ludmilla Andrew.
Daniel studied music at Durham University and then at the Royal College of Music before undertaking the opera course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Adrian Thompson. He currently studies with David Pollard.
Daniel made his professional stage debut as Kozak in Statkowski's Maria for Wexford Festival Opera. He covered various roles in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea for Glyndebourne Festival; has sung The Duke Rigoletto for Opera Loki, Peter Quint The Turn of The Screw for Artwork Opera, Fabrizio (cover) in Martinu's Mirandolina for Garsington, the title role in Britten's The Prodigal Son and Hermann in the UK premiere of Mendelssohn's Heimkehr aus der Fremde for the Ryedale and Grimeborn Festivals; cover Cassio Otello for Opera North, the title role in Renard (Stravinsky) with the Helios Collective, cover Tchapalitsky Queen of Spades, Prince Rusalka and Melot Tristan und Isolde all for Grange Park Opera; and Remendado (cover) Carmen for Scottish Opera.
Tom studied voice at Trinity College of Music, where he represented the college in the finals of the Kathleen Ferrier Junior Bursary Award. He now studies with Robert Dean.
In 2016 Tom participated in English National Opera's 'Operaworks' course, where he worked with Mark Wigglesworth, Jane Robinson, Mike Alfreds, Martin Constantine and Peter Robinson.
Tom’s stage work includes 3rd Brother in Kurt Weill's 7 Deadly Sins for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov and a 49-date tour as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Pop-up Opera.
Additional operatic work includes Dr Malatesta Don Pasquale (ENO 'Operaworks'), Billy Jackrabbit La fanciulla del West (Opera Holland Park), Captain (cover) Onegin (Grange Park Opera), Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Morales Carmen, Count Danilo The Merry Widow, Marcello La bohème and Paul Les Enfants Terribles (UK premiere).
In autumn 2017 Tom appeared as Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Soho Theatre.
One of TNRA's twice-yearly porch sales will take place from 10am to 3pm outside Henry Wood Hall. There will be hundreds of books on sale (most priced at 50p) and also CDs, DVDs and varied bric-a-brac. Entry is free and all proceeds will go to TNRA funds. Please come along, browse and find something that you want or need. Donations are welcome. Please bring any items on the day if possible or ring Lesley on 020 7407 7865 in advance.