Gateway Arts Concerts

Thursday 13th December 2012 at 1.00 p.m.



Flora Nicoll - Lyric Soprano

Hannah Lister - Coloratura Soprano

Jannah Hughes - Soprano

Rebekah Lea - Lyric Soprano

Helen Sedgwick - Mezzo Soprano

Helen Sedgwick - Clarinet

Accompanists -

Helen Sedgwick & Diana Platts

Admission £4.00 on the door

(Friends of Gateway Arts £3.00)

Children and Carers with disabled free

Join us afterwards for Sherry and Mince Pies

Many thanks go to the soprano Marie Miller

who has arranged both singers and programme for us.


Ding Dong Merrily on High 16th century (French) Tutti

Maria Wiegenleid (Mary's Cradle Song) Max Reger - Rebekah Lea

(Schlichte Weisen Opus 76)

Lascia ch'io pianga (Rinaldo) Handel - Rebekah

Allelujah (Exultate Jubilate) Mozart - Hannah Lister

Wiegenleid (Cradle Song) Schubert - Janna Hughes

Coventry Carol Traditional - Janna

Non so piu cosa son (Marriage of Figaro ) Mozart - Helen Sedgwick

Amarilli, mia bella (Arie Antiche) Giulio Caccini - Flora Nicoll

La Danza (Serata Musicale) Rossini - Flora

Il mio bel foco – Quella Fiamma (Arie Antiche) Marcello - Rebekah

Ave Maria Bach/Gounod - Hannah

Senza l'amato ben Vivaldi - Rebekah

Trio: Last 2 of Six German Songs Op 103 Louis Spohr(Ensemble) No. 5 “Das Heimliche Lied” Flora - soprano

No. 6 “Wach Auf” Helen - clarinet

Queen of Night Aria No.2 (Magic Flute) Mozart - Hannah

O Holy Night Adam - Flora

Silent Night F. Gruber - Janna

Mary's Boy Child (Spiritual) J. Hairston - Janna

My Life belongs to you I. Novello - Rebekah

Poor Wandring One (Pirates of Penzance) Gilbert & Sullivan - Hannah

Mon Coeur s'ouvre a ta Voix (Samson et Dalila) Saint-Saens - Helen

Una voce Poca Fa (Il Barbieri di Siviglia) Rossini - Flora

Duet :-Duetto Buffo di Due Gatti Rossini - Rebekah & Flora

“We wish you a Merry Christmas” (Traditional) - Tutti

Flora Nicoll BMus (Hons) recently graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she studied Music, specializing in performance. Flora studied under a choral scholarship to the university’s renowned chapel choir, taking part in regular services in the impressive college chapel and concerts in and around the university. Flora was given many coveted opportunities with the choir, performing live with pre-recorded broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, albums for Hyperion record label, St Paul’s Cathedral and Douai Abbey, performing in music festivals around the country, touring in America and France, and performing with renowned musicians such as university and choir alumni Susan Bullock, Sarah Fox and Dame Felicity Lott. Flora has appeared regularly as a soloist in the choir’s services and concerts, and in some of their albums and broadcasts. Particular achievements include1st Soprano in Allegri’s Miserere, 1st Soprano in James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross (part of the Presteigne Festival), and soprano soloist in Micheal Tippett’s Deep River, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Flora's musicality has been noticeable from a young age. Piano lessons began when she was four years old, and singing developed around thirteen. Her solo career grew with opportunities locally in Oxfordshire, from competitions such as the Wantage Music Festival (where she attained First Prize in a number of categories), and performances at balls, weddings and funerals. On her return to Shropshire from university, Flora is now furthering her vocal technique with Marie Miller, and hopes to make the most of more local opportunities for solo performance. Flora is working hard towards a professional career in choral singing. She is currently a member of the Cantus Ensemble in London and is additionally auditioning for churches and choirs in London.

Hannah Lister (Coloratura) aged 18, studied with Marie Miller for almost two years before Marie's move to Wales from Shrewsbury at the end of November 2010. Hannah has recently resumed singing lessons with Marie Miller. She has performed various roles including Polly in “The Boy Friend” and Paula in “Kiss me Kate” at the Edge Theatre in Much Wenlock. Over the past two years, Hannah has concentrated on Musical Theatre and has participated in “Oliver” at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury with the Shrewsbury Operatic Society and “Beauty and the Beast” with Bridgnorth Operatic Society. Hannah is at present completing her third year at the New College in Telford where she is pursuing Performing Arts, Dance and Theatre Studies. Once Hannah has completed her third year at New College, she intends to audition for London University as a music student to further her career on stage. Hannah has already given solo performances on several occasions at various venues, and is currently studying coloratura repertoire with Marie Miller.

Janna Hughes
(aged 25) had singing lessons with Marie Miller for a few months whilst only 14, before leaving to live in Swansea to train as a nurse – where she sang in the Swansea University Gospel Choir. Subsequently, upon completion of her training course , she became a senior nurse at the Kings College Hospital., London, having qualified as Bachelor of Nursing, specialising in Intensive Care. Janna's frequent night shift work rarely gives her chance to practice but she enjoys singing.- hoping eventually to have more time to concentrate on vocal technique. Janna had singing lessons in London, where she sang her first solo - the Arie Antiche “Nel cor piu non mi sento” ( Paisello).

Rebekah Lea (aged 28) has very recently recommenced studying vocal technique with Marie Miller after a gap of nearly two years, following the birth of her first baby and the untimely death of her father. Before this, Rebekah studied singing with Marie Miller for over four years. Her last performance before her baby was born was in May 2011. Her choir work with Mere Melodies in Ellesmere included solo performances with them. Apart from her general musicianship and pianistic ability, Rebekah is a competent flautist who was studying for her Grade VIII before her singing and family commitments placed her flute studies on hold. Rebekah has appeared as soloist and recitalist at various venues including the Gateway and the Carad in Rhyader, weddings and other functions.

Helen Sedgwick studied music for three years at Bath Spa University and was awarded a degree in Music. She is a gifted musician, having five ABRSM Grade 8's for voice, piano, saxophone, clarinet and theory which she teaches. Helen has also completed a teaching enhancement course and has performed as singer, saxophonist and accompanist at weddings, music halls and recitals. Whilst still at Bath Spa University, Helen has taken the role of the Principessa in Puccini's “Suor Angelica” and Third Lady in Mozart's “Magic Flute”. Helen has also accompanied theatre productions in “Heresies” and “Ubu Roi” and acted as repetiteur in “Wind in the Willows” and “Suessical the Musical”. Helen has sung in the National Youth Choir followed by a few years with the BBC National Choir of Wales. She has additionally sung with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra choir in Malaysia. Recent local engagements include acting as accompanist for Marie Miller and other singers at the Caer Beris Manor Hotel on 22nd September and at the Holy Trinity Church, Llandrindod Wells on Saturday 6th October. At today's Christmaas concert, Helen will not only accompany some of the singers at the piano, but will play two of Spohr's six German songs on the clarinet, with Flora Nicoll (soprano) and Diana Platts (piano). Helen will also be singing two operatic arias at this concert.

Accompanists: Diana Platts and Helen Sedgwick

Diana Platts studied music at Cambridge University where she also studied pianoforte with Colin Kingsley - remaining for a further year to gain her teaching qualification. She has taught music in secondary schools and was Head of Classics at a boy’s preparatory school for 10 years. She provides piano lessons privately and in schools - many of her pupils becoming piano teachers themselves. She is well-known and is a vastly experienced accompanist at an increasing number of concerts, music examinations and auditions. Diana particularly enjoys accompanying young instrumentalists and singers. For many years, she has acted in the capacity of official accompanist for the Minsterley Eisteddfod and the Shropshire Concerto Competition. More recently, she has attained a distinction in two examinations for a Jazz piano course.

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