8.00 pm, Saturday 21st October, 2017
Erin Hall, Erin Road, Rondebosch
An evening of music for soprano and piano
Lindsey McKee and Grant McLachlan
Richard Strauss, Quilter, Elgar, Bridge, Gershwin, McLachlan, Ivor Novello and others
Originally from Great Britain, Lindsey has a diverse career that has spanned three continents. She has performed not only in opera, but in recital oratorio and musical theatre. She studied voice at The Guildhall School of Music in London. Whilst a student she sang with The Bach choir at Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding. She made her professional debut in London singing “Mary” in Elgar’s “The Kingdom”.
Lindsey has sung with many orchestras across the United States, including The Kansas City Symphony, The St.Louis Philharmonic, The Tulsa Symphony,The Signature Symphony, and The Ashville Symphony to name a few.
She has also appeared on stages across the Midwest, including Quality Hill Playhouse, The American Heartland Theatre, The Missouri Rep, The Muny, STAGES St.Louis, Starlight Theatre, American Theatre Company, LOOK, Union Avenue Opera, and The Kansas City Lyric Opera. She also worked in the Tony award winning,”Lost Colony” in NC (The longest running outdoor drama in the US) for two seasons.
Recent engagements include Mahler’s Symphony no2, “The Resurrection”, with the Signature Symphony, The “Defiant” Requiem (Verdi), Music at 101, Summer Pops with the Saint Louis Philharmonic, All Puccini All the Time!, and Symphony No.3 by Henryk Gorecki with the Florence SC Symphony.
Lindsey is thrilled to be making music with her old friend Grant in Cape Town, where she started singing, and where she got the stage bug whilst performing in “The Pirates of Penzance” at Bishops. She attended Herschel and is grateful to Ms. Cynthia Sweet for changing the course of her life!
The music of grant mclachlan
A celebration of Grant’s 60th birthday was held at the Baxter Concert Hall on the 1st October 2016. The evening included the premiere of his Sonatina for double bass commissioned by Leon Bosch, a selection of his music from the last 40 years, as well as a selection from Bach`s “Art Of Fugue”. The centrepiece of the concert was the piano quintet “Oesterwal Landscape” which was commissioned in 1992 by the Music Group Of Manchester, of which Bosch is a member. The concert concludes with the ever popular carol “Come, Colours Rise”.
Music from the Movies:
The Choirs and Orchestras of Rustenburg, Westerford and Bishops put on a spectacular concert of ‘Music from the Movies’ on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th August. An orchestra of 100 and a choir of 300 performed the music soundtrack for “Ocean Voyagers” live to picture, conducted by the composer. The spectacular film, produced in 2006 by Feodor Pitcairn productions, and directed by Joe Kennedy, follows the journey of a baby humpback whale and its 40 tonne mother. The story is narrated by Meryl Streep.
In December 2007 this film was screened to the accompaniment of the Royal Philharmonic orchestra in London’s Cadogan Hall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Animal planet.
Darius and the Den:
With lyrics by Adrian Arnold and music by Grant McLachlan, this piece was originally composed for a school production at the Predbendal School in Chichester in 1979. The work was re-orchestrated for full orchestra and performed at the Baxter Concert Hall by the Symphony choir of Cape Town conducted by Alex Fokkens.