“One to watch, serious potential”
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 enjoyed performing as a soloist in a variety of choral works including: Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb (Broadcast on Radio 3), Schubert’s Mass in Ab, Rutter’s Requiem, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.
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. Helen is currently a member of the BBC Daily Service Singers and the National Youth Chamber Choir, recently performing on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, at the Aldeburgh Festival, and at the Albert Hall where she also performed the soprano solo in Britten’s Te Deum.
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.
Previously Alex was awarded first prizes in the Hull Musical Festival’s piano classes in 2012 and 2013. She 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.
Alex is a keen accompanist and chamber musician, and has freelanced recently with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and Junior Chorus. Earlier this year herself and duo partner, violist Edward Keenan, were highly commended in the Louis Carus Duo Ensemble Prize (awarded at the RCS). Whilst studying at the RCS, Alex has played in multiple events held there, including the Piano Festival and PLUG (premiering new compositions). She has also had professional work playing and teaching within the conservatoire.
In the past she was the official accompanist for the Maureen Hunter Junior Singers and Dagger Lane Singers in East Yorkshire. Other ensembles Alex has been engaged with include Glasgow Lieder Club, Mackintosh Choir and the Strathendrick Singers.
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. Prior to his final year at RNCM, he completed a year of study at Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm, Sweden under Hermann Stefansson, principal clarinet of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Emil Jonason, renowned soloist and recording artist. Luke continues to study privately in Sweden alongside his studies in Manchester as well as with renowned clarinet pedagogue, Yehuda Gilad.
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. He has also been invited to participate in the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Trollhättan and the Piteå Sommarakademi, both situated in Sweden. More recently, he was invited to play in a masterclass with Julian Bliss and the Benyounes String Quartet performing Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet.
An avid chamber musician, Luke regularly plays as a member of the ‘Michelin Kvintett’ formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 2015. They frequently play in venues around Stockholm having received a recent invitation to play at Stockholm’s Kulturhuset. Orchestrally, Luke has enjoyed working with distinguished conductors such as Daniel Harding, Daniel Blendulf and Mark Shanahan and in January 2017, was involved in a Wind Orchestra CD recording for CHANDOS records featuring previously unrecorded music by Villa Lobos. You may remember that Julian Bliss performed for us last September to great acclaim.
Doors open 6.45pm