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Wednesday 16 November – Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Music

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Jane Burnell soprano
Morgana Warren-Jones mezzo-soprano
Christopher Pulleyn piano

Free admission, no booking required

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
6 Duets Op. 63

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart Op. 135

Benjamin Britten (1912-1976)
On This Island Op. 11 (Excerpts)

Madeleine Dring (1923-1977)
A Bay in Anglesey

Hamilton Harty (1879-1941)
Sea Wrack

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
3 Songs Op. 23
Les berceaux

2 Songs Op. 1
Le papillon et la fleur

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
El desdichado

A programme of art songs and duets from the land and sea including Britten’s song cycle On this Island.

Jane Burnell won the Coro Nuovo Sussex Young Musician of the Year Award in 2021 and was a finalist in the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss at RNCM in 2022. Her operatic roles include Pamina (Magic Flute); Due Donne (Le Nozze di Figaro); Guilia (La Scala di Seta (scenes); Zerlina (Don Giovanni) (scenes); La Novizia (Suor Angelica); Adele (Die Fledermaus); Belinda/Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas); and Mabel (cover) in Pirates of Penzance.

Jane is a regular concert soloist, performing with choirs and orchestras all across the UK. Her performed repertoire includes: Mozart Exsultate Jubilate (Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra), Handel Messiah (Skipton Camerata), Bach B Minor Mass, Dvorak Stabat Mater and Mozart Requiem. In 2021 Jane performed for The Great Yorkshire Proms at Harewood House with the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra alongside Sir Willard White and Aled Jones.

As a recitalist, Jane has performed at The Bridgewater Hall (RNCM Songsters), Leeds Town Hall (Leeds International Concert Season) and the Howard Assembly Room (Opera North Partnership concert).

Jane’s studies at the RNCM are generously supported by the Richard Newitt Fund.

Morgana Warren-Jones began her studies at the University of Leeds, before going on to study at the Strasbourg Conservatoire and more recently the RNCM, where she has won both the prestigious Frederic Cox Award for Singing, and the Kennedy Strauss Award competitions at the RNCM, where she is a scholarship student on the Postgraduate Diploma course, under the tutelage of Hilary Summers.

At the RNCM, Morgana has performed the role of Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and the title role in Menotti’s The Medium. This summer she joined Buxton International Festival as a Young Artist, singing in the chorus for Rossini’s La donna del lago. Most recently she performed the role of Vava in Shostakovich’s Cherry Town, Moscow (WNO Youth Company) and is covering the role of Coll in Anna Appleby’s Drought (RNCM & BBC Philharmonic).

Christopher Pulleyn is an established and successful collaborative pianist based in West Yorkshire who works regularly with many of the major arts organisations across the country including Opera North, Huddersfield Choral Society, Royal Northern College of Music, the Hallé, Welsh National Opera, and the BBC. He was the Junior Fellow Répétiteur at the RNCM for 2019-2021, acting as principal Répétiteur for the college’s opera productions, including Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

In 2021 he was a Momentum Young Artist, performing in a Leeds Lieder recital alongside Joseph Middleton and Sarah Connelly. Chris is also Assistant Musical Director of Bradford Festival Choral Society, and a regular accompanist and coach at Leeds Conservatoire, the University of Hull and University of Huddersfield. In 2018, he established the &Piano Music Festival in his home town of Huddersfield – an annual multi-day music festival, to encourage and advance the appreciation of song and chamber music in the region.