Singing in 2015

Songs of Love and Longing flyerEight + 1 singing ‘..and a little bit of Shakespeare‘ at St Cuthberts church, Carlisle, on Thursday 22nd October.  Proceeds to be split half to Medecin sans Frontieres for their search and rescue work in the Mediterranean, and half to the church roof repairs fund.

Operas & musicals night (Les Mis to Monteverdi) at Capernaum bistro, Brampton – Friday November 20th.  Classy food to match classy singing.  A follow-up as the first one was such a success.

See poster via the link below:

Capernaum poster

Catterline, near Aberdeen – soiree in aid of Care for Families (invitation only).  Saturday 22nd August.

Hayton Church, July 18th: …and a little bit of Shakespeare. 

Only a small audience but from the feedback we received they enjoyed a musical treat.  Comments included that the programme was a lovely mixture and that my voice was fantastic: and one audience member wants to record us next time!


– thank you to fellow soloist Deborah Hewertson-Tisdall for the poster design.

Mozart Requiem, April 18th 2015

Mozart Requiem

Soprano soloist Sarah Briggs; Alto My Mozart Requiem flowers 18th April 2015 (3)Deborah Hewittson-Tisdall; Tenor Chris Hardman; Bass Jim Johnson.

This went well: I especially loved singing my top notes.  And here are my flowers (I also got a bottle of champagne): the first time I’ve been presented a bouquet after singing!  A ‘tweet’ would say ‘#so proud’ or words to that effect.

February 28th, St. Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle

A variety of solos and duets with Deborah Hewertson-Tisdall.  As previously the programme was quite an eclectic and highly enjoyable mix, including classical, choral, jazz and folk song.  The concert was in aid of the ‘roof fund’ to help raise money to repair the church roof.

My solo part of the programme: Faure – Les Roses d’Ispahan; Weill – What Good would the Moon be?; Maconchy – Orphelia’s Song.

Duets sung by Deborah and me: Pergolesi – Stabat Mater; Offenbach – Belle Nuit; and a surprise finale, Rossini’s Cat Duet.

Comments following the concert:

Barbara: pity I didn’t have more solos; Avril: I sounded etheral; Kerry: had a lump in her throat; various audience members ‘lovely voice’.


Carlisle Music and Drama Festival – March 2015:

I entered 5 solo classes for this: my four Grade 8 songs  (Faure, Weill and Maconchy as above and Mozart Agnus Dei from the Coronation Mass) plus Dei Vieni Non Tardar (Mozart – Marriage of Figaro).  Deborah and I also sang the duet La Pesca.

Adjudicator’s feedback:

Clear diction and ‘pulled’ audience into the song (Maconchy); ‘lovely’ (Mozart Agnus Dei); a monster on the top notes (that’s a compliment).


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