We are delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed soprano, Alison Pearce, to Blackfriars Theatre, Boston, for Vocal Masterclasses on October 28th and 29th, 2017.
Alison Pearce has a distinguished international career as a soprano soloist in oratorio, opera and recital. She appears with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras at major venues and festivals as well as broadcasting for radio and television in many countries. She was a Vocal Professor at the Royal Academy of Music from 1996 until 2010 and is presently Director of European Summer Schools for Singing in Tuscany and Burgundy. (http://www.impulse-music.co.uk/alisonpearce)
The Masterclasses are designed for solo singers who wish to improve their performance techniques. Ms Pearce will offer professional guidance and advice for all voice types and will also help develop interpretative insights into the music. Singers will be invited to perform selected pieces at an end of course concert each afternoon.
Ms Pearce and singers will be accompanied by distinguished pianist and organist, Marc Murray. (http://www.marcmurray.co.uk/)
Alison Pearce has a distinguished international career as a soprano soloist in opera, oratorio and recital. She appears with the world's leading conductors and orchestras at major venues and festivals as well as broadcasting for radio and television in many countries. She was a vocal professor at the Royal Academy of Music (1996-2010) and is presently the artistic director of a European Summer School for Singers in Tuscany, Burgundy and Cambridge, UK. She has also given master-classes and lectures for Birkbeck College in their series in association with the Royal Opera House, and in addition, for the Research Department of the Royal Academy of Music in England, with regular invitations to visit other universities and conservatoires around the world.
Alison Pearce possesses a vast and varied portfolio of work in opera, oratorio, recital and chamber music repertoire. She is in constant demand both in the UK and throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and the USA, and as a solo recitalist with piano as well as with harp and also with chamber ensemble.
Festival engagements include regular U.K. performances in Brighton, Cheltenham, Kingston, Worcester and Hereford Three Choirs, Llandaff, St David’s, Swansea, Hexham Abbey as well as in Flanders, France, Germany, Israel, Norway, Poland, Spain and The Netherlands. Alison has also highlighted the pleasure of touring Spain with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, singing Handel’s Messiah throughout France, Britten’s War Requiem, Bach Passions and the B Minor Mass in Germany and the Netherlands as well as Verdi Requiem at the Concertgebouw.
Recent celebrity recitals have taken her to Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, the USA and London in repertoire ranging from Handel through Schubert, R. Strauss, Chausson, Messiaen, Satie, Britten, Sondheim and Weill.
She has given first performances of chamber works written especially for her by Roger Beeson, Dominic Muldowney, Paul Patterson, Sarah Rodgers and Rhian Samuel, and appeared as a guest artist with the Alberni String Quartet, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Brodsky Quartet, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, London Sinfonietta, and Solaris Quartet, in works ranging from Finzi ‘Dies Natalis’ and Britten ‘Les Illuminations’ through Bach Matthäus Passion, Mozart ‘Exultate Jubilate’ to Wagner ‘Wesendonck Lieder’.
Alison also collaborates regularly with the eminent art historian Robin Simon in celebrations of 18th century visual art and song with the Hogarth Society’s birthday celebration in Covent Garden, Music and the Monarchy at Villa Decius in Cracow, The Life and Work of Thomas Jones for Swansea Festival, and Handel, Hogarth and the London Musical World for the Royal Academy and The People’s Festival as well as the Paul Mellon lectures at the National Gallery being some of the most recent.
Her major operatic prima donna roles include those in Tosca, Nabucco, I Lombardi, Fidelio, Aïda, Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as Faust. She has worked for the English National Opera, at the Royal Opera Covent Garden and, for the Dublin International City of Culture celebrations she sang the title role in a production of Manon Lescaut by Puccini, which she repeated in Israel with the role of Amelia in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. Her career in Italy culminated in a revival of Monteverdi's Opera Orpheo e Eurydice in which she sang Eurydice, while in the Netherlands she was particularly commended for her performance of Leila in Les Pêcheurs de Perles.
Her appearances in Opera Galas in Hong Kong, the Philippines, the Middle East, Greece, Belgium and the UK reveal her versatility in arias from Mozart to Wagner as well as in a Last Night of the Proms with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and in Krakow with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. In addition she has starred in ‘Side by Side by Sondheim’ and her own ‘Diva Cabaret’ which has been enjoyed in London’s West End and many areas of England and Europe.
Marc was born and educated in Cape Town South Africa and moved to the United Kingdom in May 2010 to take up the post of Director of Music at St. Botolph’s Church (The Stump), Boston, He was subsequently appointed Director of Music of Peterborough Opera and has conducted both Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and Peterborough Gilbert and Sullivan Society. He has worked with several Choral societies, including Boston Choral Society, Sleaford Choral Society and South Holland Singers. With Boston Music Theatre group he won several NODA awards notably for productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Rapunzel and Chess. He has also accompanied Lesley Garrett and was choir master for a concert with Aled Jones at Boston Stump.
Marc studied piano and organ at the University of Cape Town’s College of Music and was a winner of the Leslie Arnold Award and the Metropolitan Methodist Church Organ Prize. He holds several teaching and performing qualifications from the University of South Africa, Trinity College of Music, London and the Royal College of Organists. Marc holds both the Associate and Choral Directing Diplomas of the RCO.
Besides having held major church positions throughout his adult life, he has spent close to ten years working on the South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod, which is one of the school enrichment programmes co-ordinated by the Department of Education to promote choral singing as a national identity. This programme is regarded as a means for social transformation and cohesion among school-going youth. For part of this period he was Assistant and Acting Chorus Master of Cape Town Opera (CTO). Previously he taught in its Choral Training Programme, established for talented but disadvantaged young singers in the nearby townships. Even though he was on the staff of CTO for only a short time, he was invited back to work with the chorus and act as répétiteur and accompanist, including for their 2006 best-selling CD of Opera Choruses and their concert tours of Sweden and Central Africa.
Marc continues to collaborate with Professor Alison Pearce (Emeritus Professor of singing at The Royal Academy of Music), in singing master classes. Previous masterclasses have been in Cascio, Italy, Stapleford Granary, Cambridge Summer School, Grimsby and annual classes in Boston.
In 2001, he formed the Magnificat Chamber Choir in Cape Town which performed to great acclaim in the city and further afield. Besides their busy concert schedule, they often sang at services (mostly Viennese Masses) at St George’s (Anglican) Cathedral and St Mary’s Cathedrals in Cape Town. This choir was formed to explore the vast repertoire of unaccompanied choral music from the fifteen century to the present day.
He has collaborated with several groups and people on various projects using the resources of various choirs and musicians including preparing St Botolphs’ Singers in a programme of music by Patrick Hawes, conducted by the composer. The choirs of Boston Stump have recorded several Christmas Day Carol Services for BBC Radio Lincolnshire under Marc’s direction.
As an organist, he has given recitals and played in concerts throughout South Africa, Germany, Sweden, and the UK. Forthcoming recitals includes Chester and Liverpool Cathedrals.
Marc is Director of Music and Master of the Choir School of St Mary the Virgin, Bury Parish Church, conductor of Southport Bach Choir and accompanist to Chester St Cecilia Singers and will be continuing with postgraduate studies in Performance Practice,