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Recent Soloists

In our two most recent concerts, we welcomed five soloists, four in our performance of Mozart's Impresario opera, and our own 1st oboe as soloist in Bellini's oboe concerto.

Camilla Rose Saba Davies sang the part of Madame Herz. Camilla divides her time between London and Tokyo, and is a coloratura soprano. She has performed with the CBSO, and won First Place in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for young singers and First Prize in the Alida Vane International Competition in Latvia.

Louisa Stirland is also a soprano, and sang Mademoiselle Silberklang. She was Radio 2's Young Chorister of the Year and has gone on to sing frequently on Radio 2, 3 and 4 and BBC's Songs of Praise. At the John Kerr Award 2016, she won First Prize for best 17th Century Song, and has sung in many concerts with the BBC Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras, the BBC Singers and the Bach Choir.

Magnus Walker (Monsieur Vogelsang), a tenor who has sung at Gloucester Cathedral and was soloist in Elgar's The Kingdom at the Three Choir's Festival. He won First Prize for the most outstanding singer under eighteen at the Glasgow Music Festival in 2015, and recently performed Britten's War Requiem with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Michael Rakatoarivony, a prize-winning baritone and conductor at the Royal Academy of Music, made his final appearance as our conductor and sang Buff while the orchestra went into autopilot for this brief cameo.

Nicholas Mitchell is our 1st oboe. At school, he won prizes for his playing, and at university he specialised in the early oboe and gave several premiere performances in this country on original instruments. He has been a member of the orchestra for four years, and also plays with the newly-formed wind ensemble Aeolus X.

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