Star singers in concert at Hatherleigh Centre

Joseph Bulmer

Concerts in the West bring two rapidly rising stars - Katherine Manley and Christopher Ainslie - to Hatherleigh Community Centre on Saturday, July 31, Katherine is an up and coming soprano, in fact she has probably arrived! Her engagements in the last

Concerts in the West bring two rapidly rising stars - Katherine Manley and Christopher Ainslie - to Hatherleigh Community Centre on Saturday, July 31,

Katherine is an up and coming soprano, in fact she has probably arrived! Her engagements in the last 12 months include the starring role of Dafne in Handel's Apollo e Dafne at the Wigmore Hall, Seleuce Tolomeo and Dalinda Ariodante for English Touring Opera, Messiah at Waterfront Hall, Belfast for the Ulster Orchestra, St Matthew Passion at Bath Abbey and Helena in the new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for Garsington Opera. Subsequent engagements include Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia for Angers/Nantes Opera.

Christopher Ainslie is a much sought-after counter-tenor who had his Wigmore Hall debut just recently. Laurence Cummings accompanied him. Laurence, himself a name to look out for, is the musical director of the London Handel Festival and with Sir Neville Marriner is a patron of Concerts in the West.

Christopher's plans this year include the title role in Tamerlano at the G�ttingen Festival, Ottone in L'incoronazione di Poppea, a UK autumn tour to be announced shortly and the St Matthew Passion in Cape Town.

It is probably a privilege to have these two here and it will certainly be a pleasure. Concerts in the West's strength is in finding wonderful musicians and these two Stars should set the Community Centre alight!

Tickets are available on the door or in advance from the Salar Gallery, Bridge Street, Hatherleigh.

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