Grantham mezzo-soprano to perform St Wulfram’s recital

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Mezzo-soprano Elaine Bishop and Director of Music at St Wulfram’s Church Tim Williams present The Seven Ages of Love on Saturday (May 11).

The concert is part of the Saturday morning recital series at St Wulfram’s and will feature a selection of comic, dramatic and more poignant songs themed around the progression of love. Elaine will be accompanied by Dr Williams on piano. Their recital last year, called The Alto’s Lament, was well received by a large audience.

The recital will include music from opera and operetta, to musical theatre with some comic songs as well. There will be “I Can’t Say No” from Oklahoma and “When a Merry Maiden Marries” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. Benjamin Britten’s “Cabaret Songs” and music by the comic Victoria Wood will also feature.

Elaine is a singer, singing teacher and musical director based in Grantham. She has worked with the Halle Orchestra and performed with the Peak Opera at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival for many years. She has also performed with several professional companies on Gilbert and Sullivan works including recent productions of Trial by Jury, Utopia and HMS Pinafore. She has sung on the BBC and performed in venues around the country including the Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), The Symphony Hall (Birmingham) and Buxton Opera House.

Dr Williams is also Director of Choral Music at King’s School and a choral trainer and director at Grantham Preparatory School and National Junior School. He has a first class Degree in Music from Cambridge and a PhD in Musicology.

The recital will start at 11.30am. Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Wulfram’s Music Funds. The church coffee shop will be open throughout the recital.

For more information on Elaine and Dr Williams go to www.elainebishop.co.uk and www.timwilliamsmusic.co.uk