Linda Richardson

Series: Season 11 2020-2021
Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020 - 7:00pm
Venue: Live Broadcast Online

Concert by Linda Richardson (soprano) & Robin Humphreys (piano)

PLUS Spotlight concert featuring Katerina Piperakis with Wendy Nugent

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees & the SCS Spotlight Director


Spotlight Concert featuring Katerina Piperakis

Deh Vieni Non Tardar – Mozart

Nella Fantasia – Ennio Morricone

I Dreamed a Dream – Claude Michel Schonberg

Love’s Philosophy – Roger Quilter

Katerina Piperakis is an 18 year old mezzo-soprano/borderline soubrette. A Sandbach resident and former pupil of Sandbach Sixth Form College, she has performed in many productions, festivals, and concerts with companies such as Leeds Youth Opera, Opera Britain and Masquerade School of Performing Arts, as well as a solo performer. Some of her favourite roles across all genres include Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray), Fantine (Les Miserable) and Susannah (Marriage of Figaro).

In 2019 and after a lengthy and competitive audition process, Katerina was successful in obtaining a place in the Glyndebourne Academy; an intensive training programme for gifted classical singers under the guidance of renowned vocal coach, Mary King. This month she has embarked on the next stage of her vocal journey having just started a Vocal Studies degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Birmingham where she will be spending the next 4 years under the tutelage of Amanda Roocroft.


Short Community spotlight on youth music ensembles in Cheshire with music leader Jamie Sharpe


Concert by Linda Richardson (soprano) & Robin Humphreys (piano)

Pretty Ring Time Warlock
Sleep Guerney
I will go with my Father a-ploughing Quilter
Come to me in my dreams Bridge
Shepherds song Elgar 
Die Nacht Strauss
Allerseelen Strauss 
Zueignung  Strauss
Un Bel di  from Madama Butterfly Puccini
Vissi d’arte from Tosca Puccini
We’ll gather lilacs Novello

Linda Richardson was born in Cheshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was a Peter Moores Foundation Scholar and winner of the Frederic Cox Award, and then at the National Opera Studio.

An English National Opera Company Principal between 1997 and 2005, her roles there included Virtue The Coronation of Poppea, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Micaela Carmen, Gretel Hansel and Gretel, Gilda Rigoletto, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Mimi La Bohème, title roles The Fairy Queen and Alcina, Violetta La Traviata, Woglinde Rhinegold, Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Donna Anna Don Giovanni. Elsewhere she has sung Karolka Jenufa, Mimi, Nanetta Falstaff, Pamina Die Zauberflöte Countess Marriage of Figaro, Violetta La Travata Gilda Rigoletto with Opera North, Lisetta La Vera Constanza at Garsington, Norina Don Pasquale for Clonter Opera, Fairy Queen in Barcelona, First Niece Peter Grimes at Netherlands Opera, Amina La Sonnambula  Mimi La Boheme and Alice Falstaff for Opera Holland Park.

Linda performs extensively on the oratorio and concert platform, and is a frequent recitalist. She appeared as Annie in Jonathan Dove’s TV opera When She Died on Channel 4. Recordings include Hearts and Flowers, a collection of Victorian Parlour Songs, and Oscar Un Ballo in Maschera for Chandos.

Most recent roles include, Katya Kabanova with ETO,  Alice Falstaff and Cio-Cio San Madame Butterfly Longborough Festival Opera, Mrs Coyle Owen Wingrave  Nuremburg International Music chamber Festival, Violetta  Scottish Opera and for WNO Anna Anna Bolena, Violetta Traviata, Almaltea Moses in Egitto and Elvira I Puritani

Robin Humphreys is a graduate of the University of Birmingham and a holder of the prestigious Diploma in Professional Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied piano accompaniment with David Lloyd. Appearing in concert both as a soloist and an accompanist for over 35 years, he now pursues a successful career as an accompanist and repetiteur, the breadth of his repertoire being reflected in television and radio broadcasts ranging from BBC Radio 3 to Emmerdale

A Principal Lecturer at the RNCM, Robin is a senior music coach within the School of Vocal Studies, for whom he was also chief répétiteur on the majority of college opera productions from the late 1990s until 2013. He has appeared with the Manchester Camerata in the world première of “A Feast of Fables” by Paul Reade, has been Musical Director for Feelgood Theatre Productions and, from 1990-2000, Opera & Concert Productions (Worldwide) Ltd with whom he toured throughout the Gulf, the Indian sub-continent and the Far East. Robin has a particularly close association with Clonter Opera Theatre in Cheshire, where he regularly works as Assistant Musical Director and Accompanist. He is also an accompanist member of the British & International Federation of Festivals.