Peter Edge & Rachel Fright

Leeds Lieder Young Artists 2018

Peter Edge bass-baritone

Peter Edge is a Bass-Baritone in his first year of Masters at the Royal College of Music, London, under the tutelage of Peter Savidge and Gary Matthewman and supported by the Walker Trust, Shrewsbury. Peter graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, in 2017, with a First Class Honours Degree. Competition successes include the International Medal at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, RNCM Freckleton Prize and the Doherty Cup for Singing. Peter also achieved Highly Commended in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Competition.

Opera roles include Alfio Cavalleria rusticana, Dulcamara L’elisir d’amore, Snug & Theseus A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pooh-Bah The Mikado, Robin Ruddigore, Pappageno Die Zauberflote and Masetto Don Giovanni – with Opera Loki, where Peter toured France and the UK. He has also performed scenes of Un Giorno di Regno (Tesoriere), Eugene Onegin (Zaretsky), Cenerentola (Alidoro), Lakme (Frederic) and Così fan tutte (Guglielmo & Don Alfonso). Peter performed in the chorus of The Merry Widow, Otello and Simon Boccenegra with the RNCM and was a Young Artist of Longborough Festival Opera last Summer. Peter is also in demand as an oratorio soloist and has recently performed Bach’s St John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Brahm’s Requiem and Haydn’s Creation.

Peter made his TV début on S4C, at Llangollen, and also appeared in the BBC Film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’. Peter regularly sings on live BBC Radio 4, with the BBC Daily Service Singers, and has performed on BBC Radio 3. In September, Peter was invited to be interviewed and perform live on BBC Radio 3’s live drive time show: In Tune, with presenter Sean Rafferty.

Rachel Fright piano

Rachel Fright is currently a Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music. Previously, she studied at the RNCM as a postgraduate student, after having completed a degree in Music at Pembroke College, Oxford. During the course of her studies, Rachel was supported by the Helen Mackaness Award and studied with Stephen Savage and David Jones. Whilst at the RNCM, she won several prizes for accompaniment; the Stella Bradshaw Memorial Award, the Frost/Brownson Award for Accompaniment, the Clifton Helliwell Memorial Award, the Brodsky Prize, the Alexander Young Prize and the James Martin Oncken Song prize.

Rachel has a particular interest in vocal accompaniment, and has received regular song duo coaching from Julius Drake and performed with singers in venues across the country, including the Bridgewater Hall ‘Introducing’ series, the Leeds Lieder Festival, Buxton International Festival, the Stoller Hall, Didsbury Coffee Concerts, and the Sowerby Music concert series. In May 2015, she performed live on BBC Radio 3 as part of a Young Artists’ Day concert, and in October 2016 she was chosen to represent the RNCM at the prestigious Gerald Moore Award at the Henry Wood Hall, London. Rachel is an alumna of the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse, which she attended in October 2015, receiving tuition from Roger Vignoles and Imogen Cooper. She also enjoys choral accompaniment, and is currently the accompanist for Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, amongst other choirs. She is also a musician for Live Music Now and a deputy tutor for Yorkshire Young Musicians.