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Fairytales and Springtime


6 June 2022

13:00

Free to attend

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St Paul's Church welcomes pianist Angela Novy, soprano Valarie Wong and woodwind Player Andy Mellor. Who will delight with a bespoke lunchtime recital of classical music, handpicked for the occasion.

Set List:

Syrinx - Debussy

Andy Mellor

Dans la forêt du charme et de l’enchantement - Ernest Chausson

Le Colibri - Ernest Chausson

Youkali - Kurt Weill

Dans un bois - W.A. Mozart

Sandemann - Englebert Humperdink

Valerie Wong and Angela Novy

Der Hirt auf dem Felsen - Franz Schubert

I So Liked Spring - Kaspar Querfurth

Voiles and Les Collines d'Anacapri, numbers II and V - Debussy

Valerie Wong, Andy Mellor, and Angela Novy

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Please note there are no public toilets on site, the closet 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.

Biographies

Angela Novy

Piano

American pianist Angela Novy began her career as an accompanist in New York City. She worked as a staff pianist at New York University, New York Theatre Ballet, and Virtuoso Suzuki Academy, where she also worked as an educator. As a supporter of new music, she performed as a cabaret pianist for numerous musical theatre composers throughout the city, performing in venues such as Don’t Tell Mama and the Laurie Beechman Theatre.

Angela moved to London in 2018 to study as an accompanist at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She had the pleasure of studying with Pamela Lidiard, Carole Presland, and Andrew West while also working as a staff accompanist with John Ramster, James Spilling, and Aled Pedrick. Highlights of her studies included performing at St. James Piccadilly and learning to facilitate livestream recitals during the various lockdowns over the last two years. She centred her studies on researching the effects of politics on music, which culminated in two recitals on the Weimar Republic Cabaret Scene and the music and poetry of World War I.

While studying at Guildhall, Angela joined composer Aurora Nishevci, violinist Giullia Lussoso, and poet European Bob to produce the piece Not My Lover, which discussed current UK politics. This group joined with a collective of musicians under the name Current Views. Current Views worked remotely during the 2021 lockdown to write, record, and produce the album Hindsight is 2020. This album was described as, ‘…frustration, exhaustion, and unity being put forth in a unique, enjoyable, artistic, and STYLIC way,’ by blogger Tom Phillips.

Angela is currently the Resident Musician at Bishop’s Stortford College and looking forward to spending her summer with Berlin Opera Academy with their Répétiteur Apprenticeship.

Andy Mellor

Woodwind

Andy Mellor enjoys a varied freelance career, having worked with notable leading orchestras and ensembles across the country including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Hallé. As an experienced soloist, chamber, orchestral and contemporary musician, highlights include performances at St. John Smith’s Square, St. James’s Piccadilly, LSO St. Luke’s and a guest appearance alongside the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in November 2018 at their high-profile tribute concert to Sir John Manduell, which was later recorded and featured on Prima Facie Records. Passionate towards versatile playing, Andy has additionally performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the EFG London Jazz Festival, and appeared alongside Gwylim Simcock and the Impossible Gentlemen.

Born and raised in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Andy began his musical studies at Yorkshire Young Musicians at Leeds Conservatoire. He was awarded a seat with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain before moving to Manchester to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated in 2019 with First Class Honours after studying with Lynsey Marsh, Nicholas Cox, Chris Swann and Matt Hunt. He later moved to London to continue his studies on the Orchestral Artistry programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Joy Farrall, Andrew Marriner and Michael Collins. Graduating in 2021 with Distinction, Andy was the winner of the Guildhall Clarinet Prize and a finalist at the Needlemakers Prize for Woodwind. Andy’s studies were supported with generous scholarships from the Worshipful Company of Musicians Company, Norman Gee Scholarship Foundation and Help Musicians UK, and he is thankful for their support.

Committed to outreach and educational work, Andy has participated in workshops across London, Yorkshire, Manchester and Cumbria, and regularly enjoys working with LSO Discovery.

Andy is proud to be a Young Artist in association with the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and plays on Buffet Crampon clarinets, which he was able to purchase with the generous support of the Wolfson Foundation.

Valarie Wong

Soprano

Valerie Wong, Hong Kong-born Soprano took part in multiple opera productions including Mikdao by Gilbert and Sullivan as Peep-Bo, L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti as Gianetta, Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Offenbach as La Voix, Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini as La Badessa and La Ciesca, Semele by Handel as Ino, Così fan tutte and Le Nozze Di Figaro by Mozart, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II, La Cenerentola by Rossini, Don Giovanni by Mozart, Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, Otello by Giuseppe Verdi. She recently made her debute as Wenjiao in The Monk of the River at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2021.

Wong visited Taipei as the representative of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, for performance exchange with the students from the Taipei National University of the Art, and the Taipei Philharmonic Opera Studio in 2016. Recently in June 2017, Wong was also invited to perform in the HKSAR 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert – “Two Decades of Elegance” in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China.

Wong graduated with a Master of Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under John Evans. She also obtained the Bachelor of Music (Honours) under renowned soprano Nancy Yuen and Diploma of Music of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2015. Wong was a recipient of the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir Scholarship, Michael Rippon Memorial Scholarship, and the Guildhall Financial Award.

Fairytales and Springtime

6 June 2022

13:00

Free to attend

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