“One to watch, serious potential” – John Rutter
Tonight’s concert will be given by soprano Helen Lacey, clarinettist Luke Holman and pianist Alexandra Standing. All proceeds from this concert will go directly into St Mary’s “wrap around the church” fund which seeks to repair the fabric and walls of the church.
Helen Lacey is well known to the congregation of St Mary’s Lamberhurst, being one of the leading lights in the choir. Helen is currently studying Vocal and Opera at the Royal Northern College of Music and will complete her studies there in 2017. During her studies she has won the RNCM Elsie Thurston prize. the Kath Topping Award and the Dame Felicity Lott Award.
She regularly appears in opera and has sung in Glyndebourne’s production of Imago. She has also sung in The Merry Widow, Eugene Onedin, The Magic Flute and Britten’s A Midsummer night’s Dream.
On the concert platform Helen has performed at venues such as; Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall,St Martin in the Fields, Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Leeds Town Hall, and the Bridgewater Hall.
Helen has sung with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain since 2007, and in 2011, Helen was a finalist in the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition.
Alexandra Standing is originally from East Yorkshire and began began piano lessons aged 11 and gained Grade 8 with distinction within six years. In 2012 she passed the DipABRSM examination. She is currently under the tutelage of Victor Sangiorgio in her third year of undergraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Alex has performed in venues around the world, and was privileged to experience working as a demonstrator and performer to the public at Finchcocks Musical Museum before it recently closed.
Luke Holman is currently an undergraduate clarinet student at the Royal Northern College of Music studying under the tutelage of Lynsey Marsh and Antonio Salguero.
Luke has participated in many solo masterclasses and has performed for Martin Fröst, Andreas Ottensammer, Julian Bliss, Andreas Sundén, Nicholas Cox and John Bradbury to name a few. More recently, he was invited to play in a masterclass with Julian Bliss and the Benyounes String Quartet performing Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet. You may remember that Julian Bliss performed for us last September to great acclaim.
Doors open 6.45pm