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Home What's On Music Anna Tilbrook and singers at The Beacon

Music: Anna Tilbrook and singers at The Beacon

Talented young performers Anna Tilbrook, Kirsty McLean and Glen Cunningham will present a feast of music and song at The Beacon, Whitehaven, in a festive "Rosehill on the Road" concert on Sunday 8 December.

Pianist Anna, Cumbrian soprano Kirsty and tenor Glen will entertain with operatic favourites from the likes of Verdi, Puccini and Gounod alongside songs from popular musicals such as West Side Story, My Fair Lady and Carousel, followed by hearty carol singing and plenty of opportunity for audience participation!

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.

In addition, 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).

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 went on to study her Master's degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has won many awards in Cumbria as well as reaching the finals of several national competitions.

Glen, from the Scottish Highlands, completed a Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, his Master's degree at the Royal College of Music and is now studying at RCM's prestigious Opera Studio. 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 2018, and in 2016 he won the Hugh S Roberton Prize for Scottish Singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

All three performed on the Rosehill stage last December and are looking forward to taking their seasonal celebrations "on the road".

The afternoon will include a seasonal 'pop-up' cafe at The Beacon Portal, in association with Rosehill's Green Room restaurant. Alongside a menu of hearty winter snacks will be a selection of hot and cold drinks. as well as a winter warming choice of soup with crusty bread and butter or hot pork roll, crackling and apple sauce. Additional items such as mince pies will also be available. Served from 1.30pm. Booking not essential.

The trio will also be 'popping up' with a free performance at the Taste Cumbria Christmas festival in Cockermouth. Catch them in the Main Street marquee from 4pm on Saturday 7 December!

Performance times and tickets

  • Sunday 8 December • 3pm

    Location: The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven

    Food available from 1.30pm in The Beacon Portal

  • Tickets
    £10 • £5 U16

    Plus booking fee

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