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A Free Lunchtime Recital of Songs by Richard Strauss

10 June 2022


Free to attend


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The Actors' Church welcomes back Marrianne Town Smith and guests for a brilliant Lunchtime Concert which celebrates works by Strauss. She is joined by singers Klaudia Magdon, Katy Huntley, Verity Spencer Hall and accompanied by pianist Chad Vindin.

Set List

Fruehling, September, Beim Schalfengehn, Im Abendrot, Malven, Caecilie, Meinem Kinde, Du meines Herzens Kroenelein, Morgen, Das Rosenband, Staendchen, Wiegenlied, Zueignung, Nichts, Die Nacht, Allerseelen


Please note there are no public toilets on site, the nearest are located just outside the church on the Piazza.

Please note there is no set seating or this event. We are operating some COVID measures within the church.

- We ask that you wear a mask whilst in the building. 

- We have provided a number of sanitiser stations.


Marrianne Town Smith


Lyric-dramatic soprano Marrianne Town Smith started to sing in 2007 as a hobby and distraction from a fast-paced marketing management role.  In 2015 she successfully auditioned for a Postgraduate Vocal Studies Programme at Trinity Laban and graduated with distinction in 2017.
Most recently Marrianne performed the role of Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco and was soprano soloist in Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem and Handel’s Messiah in Bart’s Great Hall London.  Other roles performed and covered include Madeleine Lidoine, Les Dialogues des Carmélites; Maddalena, Andrea Chenier; Donna Anna, Don Giovanni; The Gingerbread Witch and Gertrude Hansel and Gretel, and on the concert stage has performed as soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem.
Marrianne's 2022 season includes concert performances as Abigaille Nabucco, her orchestral concert debut with St Paul’s Sinfonia singing Chausson’s La Poeme de l’amour et de la mer, a workshop with orchestra of Strauss Four Last Songs, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas and Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos

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Katy Huntley


Katy is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance where she was the recipient on both the Kathleen Roberts Vocal Scholarship and the Paul Simm Opera Prize in 2016. With notable credits including Gretel (Hansel ünd Gretel) and La Suor Zeltrice (Suor Angelica) both for Opera in the Meantime Katy has been described as “particularly impressive” by The Times’s Richard Morrison and by Opera Magazine as possessing “a voice of significant potential”. Katy has been lucky enough to create two leading roles by acclaimed composer Stephen McNeff performing as a guest artist at Royal Irish Academy of Music and at the Three Choirs Festival. In 2019 Katy gained a PGCE and is a peripatetic teacher working with children from all walks of life. Katy loves to inspire young musicians to explore their own creativity and gain confidence in fulfilling their potential.

Verity Spencer Hall


Verity Jo Spencer Hall is a 24 year old Soprano currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Verity began singing at the age of 17 playing leading lady roles in musicals and was the soprano soloist in choirs around the coast in Spain where she has been living since the age of 4. After being talent spotted by the then Jette Parker Young Artist Programme student Yuriy Yurchuk, she was invited back to the Royal Opera House in 2019 for a consultation with vocal teacher Jack Livigni where he offered her a place in his MOSF young artist programme in Sicily. Whilst there, she performed in chorus for La Rondine and debuted in the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni. A Vocal Coach, Marek Ruszczynski suggested for her to audition for the Royal Academy of Music and she was accepted into the BMus 4 year undergraduate course, where she is now in her second year. Highlights of 2022 so far have been singing chorus and Anna in Verdi’s “Nabucco” in the first production for Uncovered Opera Company and her first recital in Covent Garden Artists’ club in May.

Klaudia Magdon


Polish-born soprano Klaudia Magdon is a 2016 Trinity Laban graduate, where she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in vocal performance. She studied piano from a young age but singing was always her passion. She also holds a computer science degree and has worked in financial news in London for a few years before embarking on full-time vocal studies – a dream she’s always had. Klaudia has performed in a number of opera productions and concerts, among others singing the roles of Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine (Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival), the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (The Associated Studios), Regina in Mathis der Mahler (Morley Opera). Currently based in London Klaudia is also passionate about sharing her Polish musical heritage, in particular much under-performed works that deserve to be heard

Chad Vindin


Award-winning pianist Chad Vindin is one of the rising stars of the accompaniment world. Born in Australia, Chad studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before moving to London to study with Malcolm Martineau and Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music. From there, Chad was awarded the position of Lord & Lady Lurgan Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, which he held for two consecutive years. Chad performs regularly as a recitalist with the Royal Overseas League, The Tait Memorial Trust, and the popular Debut Opera series, based in Shoreditch. He has performed with Grange Festival Opera, Bury Court Opera, Opera UpClose, and recently toured with Manchester Collective, performing Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. He is regular staff pianist at Malcolm Martineau's annual Oxenfoord International Summer School for Singers and Accompanists in Scotland. Chad has been awarded many prizes, including the accompanist prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Accompanist Prize at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Accompanist’s Prize at the Wigmore Hall. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Chad also maintains a full workload as a staff pianist and vocal coach at both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, London.

A Free Lunchtime Recital of Songs by Richard Strauss

10 June 2022


Free to attend

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