Grantham recital will raise funds for choir’s residency at St Paul’s Cathedral

St Wulfram's Church.
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As part of the St Wulfram’s Church recital series, and to celebrate American Independence Day, Elaine Bishop (mezzo-soprano) and Dr Tim Williams (piano) present ’From Gershwin to Goldrich’ – a lunchtime recital of Broadway hits from the last 100 years at St Wulfram’s Church.

The concert will feature music from American Broadway composers as diverse as Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, and Menken and Goldrich. Musicals to be represented include Oklahoma, West Side Story, The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. The programme will also include the comic cult hit The Alto’s lament by Zina Goldrich.

The recital will take place on Saturday, July 4, in St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham, at 11.30 am and will last about 45 minutes. Admission to the concert is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Wulfram’s Music Fund and the forthcoming choir residency to St Paul’s Cathedral in August. The church coffee shop will be open throughout the concert.

Elaine Bishop is a mezzo-soprano, singing teacher and musical director based in Grantham. Elaine has built up a reputation as an accomplished performer with various UK and international companies at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and was nominated ‘Best Character Actress’ in 2011.  Elaine has also performed with professional opera companies, recent credits include HMS Pinafore (Raymond Gubbay Productions), Trial by Jury (Opera Minima) and Utopia (G&S Opera Company). 

She has performed in prestigious national and international venues including the Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican and St Paul’s Cathedral (London), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Usher Hall (Edinburgh) and Cologne Cathedral (Germany).

She is currently the Musical Director of The Belvoir Wassailers, The Grantham Singers and Lincolnshire Star Academy. For more information visit www.elainebishop.co.uk

Dr Tim Williams is Director of Music at St Wulfram’s Church, Director of Choral Music at the King’s School and a choral trainer and director in the Grantham Preparatory School and in the National Junior School, Grantham.

A prize-winning music student in Cambridge University and holder of a first-class Degree in Music, Masters with Distinction and a PhD in Musicology, Tim worked as Lecturer and Director of Studies in Music at Trinity College, Cambridge for a time before moving permanently to Grantham in 2008.

Formerly Resident Abbey Musician in the Iona Community (2005), Tim devotes most of his professional work to building church music at St Wulfram’s. For more information visit www.timwilliamsmusic.co.uk