Renowned singers to perform at University of Aberdeen May Festival

Renowned singers to perform at University of Aberdeen May Festival

The University of Aberdeen’s May Festival will provide a stage for two renowned singers this weekend.

Internationally acclaimed Soprano, Dame Emma Kirkby will perform a selection of Renaissance and Baroque music celebrating the 450th anniversary of John Dowland’s birth. Her performance will take place in King’s College Chapel on Saturday, May 11 from 1pm – 2.30pm.

Making Dame Emma’s performance even more special, a quartet of student singers from the University will join her on the stage.

Dame Emma, who is a Visiting Fellow in Performance at the University of Aberdeen, was voted one of the top 10 Sopranos ever by a panel of critics, and specialises in early repertoire.

Also taking to the May Festival stage will be Welsh Baritone, Jeremy Huw Willams, who will present and perform a celebration of two distinguished composers; Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc.

Jeremy, who is a past Visiting Performance Fellow of the University will perform at King’s College Chapel on Sunday, May 12 from 2.30pm – 4pm. The concert will also include the world premier of new work by Professor Paul Mealor, whose recent works include the number 1 hit Wherever You Are, which he penned for the Military Wives Choir and Ubi caritas which was performed at the Royal Wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Professor David Smith, Head of Music at the University of Aberdeen, is thrilled at the calibre of musicians attending the May Festival.

He said: “I am delighted that Dame Emma Kirkby and Jeremy Huw Williams will be performing at the May Festival.

“Both are widely acclaimed and hugely successful singers and members of the public who attend their concerts are in for a real treat.”

The University of Aberdeen’s May Festival runs from Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12.

Dame Emma Kirkby will be performing at King’s College Chapel on Saturday, May 11 from 1pm – 2.30pm while Jeremy Huw Williams will be at the same venue on Sunday, May 12 from 2.30pm – 4pm.

 Tickets for both events can be purchased from Aberdeen Box Office by contacting 01224 641122 until noon on Thursday, May 9.

From Friday, May 10, tickets will be available from the May Festival Box Office on the University campus.

For further information please visit www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival

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