St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Anna Marie McLachlan – mezzo-soprano
Rachel Neiger – pianist

Tuesday, 30 May at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Anna Marie McLachlan – mezzo-soprano<br />Rachel Neiger – pianistAnna Marie McLachlan – mezzo-soprano<br />Rachel Neiger – pianist

W Mozart


Ah qual gelido orror...Il padre adorato

A Thomas


Connais-tu le pays?

C Debussy

Trois chansons de Bilitis

1. La flûte de Pan

2. La chevelure

3. Le tombeau des Naïades

R Schumann

Frauenliebe und Leben, op. 42

1. Seit ich ihn gesehen

2. Er, der Herrlichste von allen

3. Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben

4. Du Ring an meinem Finger

5. Helft mir, ihr Schwestern

6. Süsser Freund, du blackest

7. An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust

8. Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan

Anna McLachlan is a mezzo-soprano from London and has recently completed her studies for a Master's in Vocal Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, under the tuition of Alison Wells and Robert Bottriell. Whilst there, she participated in the English National Opera Mentor Scheme. Prior to this, she studied English and Music at the University of Southampton, where she was a choral scholar with Cantores Michaelis, directed by Keith Davis.

Anna was recently a young artist with Bury Court Opera, performing as a Mad Voice and covering the title role in the premiere of Mad King Suibhne (Noah Mosley), directed by Ella Marchment.  Anna's operatic experience includes Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart) for Thames Philharmonia Opera, Dulwich Opera & Handmade Opera, Nancy (Albert Herring, Britten) with Harrow Opera, La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini) for Handmade Opera, Hänsel (cover), (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck) for Secret Opera, Mystery/2nd Woman and Mezzo Soloist (The Fairy Queen, Purcell) for City Lit Opera, 2nd Witch/Spirit (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell) for Chelmsford City Opera, Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart) at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, and Instigator (It Makes No Difference, Simone Spagnolo) at the Têtê à Têtê Opera Festival.

In opera scenes, she has performed the roles of Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini) at the Italian Cultural Institute, Mrs Ford (Sir John in Love, Vaughan Williams), Idamante (Idomeneo, Mozart), Sosarme (Sosarme, Handel), Stewardess (Flight, Dove), Tirinto (Imeneo, Handel) and  Hermia (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Britten).

Anna was recently selected as a finalist in the Schubert Song Prize and masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott, for the London Song Festival. She has also performed in masterclasses with eminent artists such as Simon Keenlyside, Nicholas Kraemer, Teresa Cahill, Eugene Asti and Rosa Mannion.

Solo engagements include Vivaldi's Gloria and Haydn's Nelson Mass, in Exeter Cathedral, performing folk songs by Berio at the Southbank Centre as part of the Rest is Noise Festival, participation in Eugene Asti's Richard Strauss project, the alto solo (Cantata BWV 161, J.S Bach), directed by Steven Devine at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel and recitals at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel and Claygate Music Festival.

Rachel Neiger started learning the piano at the age of 8. At senior school, she was awarded a prize for gaining the highest mark in Grade 8 in the history of the school.  Rachel graduated with a music degree from Oxford Brookes University in 1993 and then continued to study privately in London with Salome Benis, Andrew Zolinsky and James Lisney.  A regular participant at the Dartington International Summer School, Rachel has performed in masterclasses with Stephen Kovacevich, Andrew Ball, Douglas Finch and Yonty Solomon.

Rachel completed her Post Graduate Diploma at Trinity College of Music, studying with Mikhail Kazakevich and Philip Fowke.  Whilst there, she won a scholarship onto the award-winning Mentor Scheme to study piano accompaniment with Susan Tomes and the Florestan Piano Trio.  Since then, she has been in demand as an accompanist, performing a wide range of repertoire with singers and instrumentalists.  She has performed at Edinburgh Festival, recital series in London City Churches and Festivals all over London and the South East. She regularly works for all the London Conservatoires, accompanying students for auditions, competitions and end of year exam recitals. Rachel has also been the pianist and vocal coach for W11 Opera in Holland Park.  Recently, she played the celeste at the Barbican in a performance of Duruflé's Requiem and was staff accompanist at Charterhouse Summer School on the Vocal Masterclass course. Rachel teaches the piano privately in London and at Christ's Hospital School.

Anna McLachlan completed a Masters in Vocal Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, taught by Alison Wells. Whilst there, she participated in the English National Opera Mentor Scheme. Anna was a young artist with Bury Court Opera, covering the title role in the premiere of Mad King Suibhne (Mosley).  Roles include Nancy (Albert Herring), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Hänsel (cover, Hänsel und Gretel), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Instigator (It Makes No Difference, Spagnolo, Têtê à Têtê Opera Festival) and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Italian Cultural Institute). Anna was a finalist in the Schubert Song Prize and masterclass with Dame Felicity Lott (London Song Festival). Solo performances include Berio's folk songs at the Southbank Centre.