St Paul’s Bells Recital
We are pleased to invite you and guests to a special recital in aid of the Turners’ Company St Paul’s Bells Appeal, to be held at:
on Thursday September 6th at 7.30 pm.
Mezzo-soprano Karen Logan with accompanist Alex Aitken, will perform a programme of songs entitled ‘England through the Seasons’, comprising a number of works by 17th to 20th Century English Composers, which will include gems known and unknown by Quilter, Head, Dring, Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Warlock, Morley, Gurney, Berkeley, Purcell, and Arne, together with some piano miniatures by Mayerl and Ireland. The recital will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a drinks and canapes reception.
Originally from the Lake District, Karen studied music at the Huddersfield School of Music and during her time there, gained performance and teaching diplomas from the Trinity College of Music and The London College of Music. Just this year, Karen gained a further Diploma in Singing from the Royal Schools of Music (Dip ABRSM). Her singing career as a mezzo-soprano has seen Karen play an active role in various musical and operatic companies, taking many leading roles, as well as achieving notable success in music festivals over the years. She has been a member of the British Youth Choir, the Yorkshire Bach Choir, the Abbey Singers and South-Cumbria based opera company Encore. She has also performed with a variety of choirs as a soloist, singing roles both sacred and secular. Her musical interests include early English music, 20th Century English song and Lieder. Karen also runs a successful and growing Community Choir. Karen has recently been elected a Freeman of the Musician’s Company.
Alex Aitken held the Organ Scholarship and read Music at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, during which time he was also the Composer, Orchestrator and Musical Director for the Cambridge Footlights for four years. He graduated from Cambridge with a first in Analysis, along with the Martin Steele Memorial Prize, Licentiate Diplomas in Piano Performance from the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College of Music (latter with Distinction), and the Associateship diploma of the Royal College of Organists. Alex spent three years as Head of Academic Music, Choirmaster and Organist at Stowe School. Now a freelance conductor, pianist, organist and teacher, Alex maintains an extensive, busy and varied schedule working with a number of the UK’s most eminent musicians, ensembles and organisations. He is a Musical Director for the National Youth Music Theatre, the Assistant Musical Director for Milton Keynes Chorale and, as an accompanist, regularly works with the CBSO Chorus, the Military Wives Choirs, and the National Children’s Choir, amongst others.
Tickets are available at £75 each to include the reception. Please contact the Clerk.