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Home What's On Music Anna Tilbrook and Singers - Around the Operatic World in 80 Minutes

Music: Anna Tilbrook and Singers - Around the Operatic World in 80 Minutes

House favourite Anna Tilbrook returns on Sunday 16 December with four up-and-coming young singers performing an operatic journey to some of the great cities of the world, including Seville, Verona, Venice, Paris, St Petersburg, New York and Tahiti, in Around the Operatic World in 80 Minutes (or maybe a little longer!).

Anna will be joined by Cumbrians Kirsty McLean (soprano) and Anna Cooper (mezzo-soprano) plus Glen Cunningham (tenor) and James Atkinson (baritone), together offering a sack full of festive treats.

And thanks to Santa's sleigh arriving at Rosehill Theatre in plenty of time, you won't need to wait until Christmas Day to unwrap our exciting afternoon programme of operatic delights.

The programme is set to include arias and ensembles from many favourite pieces of work, including Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Romeo and Juliet by Gounod, The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan, and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.

Last Christmas Anna and her troupe led a hearty carol singing session in Messel's Bar following their performance, which was a great success. They will do this again this year – you won't want to miss it!

Anna Tilbrook

Hertfordshire-born Anna is one of Britain's most exciting pianists, with a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber music. Having studied at York University and the Royal Academy of Music with Julius Drake, she made her debut at London's Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since become a regular performer at Europe's major concert halls and festivals. She has won many international honours for her accompaniment and collaborated with numerous leading singers and instrumentalists.

As well as accompanying, she is in demand as a répétiteur, continuo player and vocal coach, working for companies including the Royal Opera, Royal Ballet, Aldeburgh Festival and London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). She has performed in a number of great concerts for Rosehill Theatre and through Rosehill on the Road, and is delighted to be returning to West Cumbria once again with this exciting group of talented young singers.

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Originally from the Lake District, Kirsty studied at Chetham's School of Music and then took two years out to teach singing and music at a YMCA children's camp in Massachusetts. She graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2016 with a first-class honours degree in music and is now studying her Master's degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

She has won many awards in Cumbria, including the George Nichols Young Musician of the Year, the Kenneth Hill Memorial Bursary, the Jim Noble Award and the Esther Croskery and Aprille C Bonner Award, as well as reaching the finals of several national competitions. Alongside her studies, she works as a peripatetic singing teacher and tours with classical crossover girl group IDA Girls London, performing worldwide.

Anna CooperAnnaCooperHeadshot

Anna went to school in Kirkby Lonsdale and became a choral scholar for Levens Choir. She also sang with Amabile Girls' Choir, Kendal, winners of the BBC Radio 3 Youth Choir of the Year title in 2006.

She studied for an undergraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music before progressing to a Master's degree at the Royal College of Music. She has recently taken up a place on the opera course at the RCM International Opera School, for which only six candidates were successful.

Anna was this year adopted as Rosehill's 'rising star' and performed in a very special evening of supper and song in The Green Room restaurant, in which she enthralled and entranced diners.

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Glen, from the Scottish Highlands, completed a Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and his Master's degree at the Royal College of Music. He is currently studying at RCM's Opera Studio, with his first role being Basilio in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. He made his international debut in Rotterdam at the De Doelen in January 2017 singing the role of Le Remendado in a concert performance of Bizet's Carmen.

He has been awarded the Wiseman Prize by Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust, won the Joan Chissell Schumann Competition at RCM in March, and in 2016 he won the Hugh S Roberton Prize for Scottish Singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

James AtkinsonJamesAtkinson

James is a postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music, where he studies with Alison Wells. With the RCM International Opera School he has sung the roles of La Gendarme in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Blazes in The Lighthouse and Le Fleuve in Les fêtes d'Hébé in collaboration with l'Académie de l'Opéra National de Paris, and covered the role of Pausanias in Une éducation manquée. He also recently performed with the British Youth Opera, singing the role of Lysander in The Enchanted Island.

Other concert performances have included Haydn's The Creation, Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, The Requiems of Fauré and Mozart, a showcase recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival, and a masterclass with German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff at London's Wigmore Hall.

Pre-performance dining

The Green Room is open for Sunday lunch from 12pm. Please note the restaurant is very busy before performances and reservations are essential. Call the box office on 01946 692422 or book online.

Afternoon tea
Why not book to enjoy an afternoon tea with us before the concert? Our afternoon teas are £20 and offer a super mix of savoury and sweet items, served with Prosecco, elderflower pressé or a bottle of craft ale and a selection of tea and coffee.

Please note afternoon teas must be ordered in advance. Call The Green Room on 01946 514574 to book.

Performance times and tickets

  • Sunday 16 December • 3pm
  • Tickets £22 • £12 U26
    Plus booking fee

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