Talented young and often local musicians perform in church in monthly Friday concerts (February–July and September–November). Refreshments are available at the back of church.
Concerts are free. There is a retiring collection to support choral scholarships at All Saints.
Time: 7.15 to 8.00pm.
Doors are open from 6.45pm.
Concordium String Ensemble
Elinor Rolfe Johnson (soprano)
Lucy Goddard (conductor)
Music including Finzi’s Cantata Dies Natalis plus works by Holst and Walton
Elinor Rolfe Johnson (soprano) graduated from Cambridge University with a Masters degree in Music and studies with Susan Roberts. She completed her two years on the Opera school at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Summer of 2013. She has performed at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Theatre Royal Glasgow, L'Archeveche and Grand Theatre Aix-en-Provence, St Johns Smith Square, Leeds Town Hall, Snape Maltings and St. George’s Hanover Square.
A finalist at the 2010 London Handel Festival Competition, Elinor more recently performed the role of Ismene in Telemann's Orpheus for the Classical Opera Company. Summer 2014, Elinor covered at the Aix-en-Provence Festival for the Bach, Trauernacht project, under Raphael Pichon and worked alongside the Freiburger Barockorchester, with Pablo Heras-Casado in the festivals production of Die Zauberflote. She has recently debuted as Rosalinde for Opera Danube's Die Fledermaus at St John's, Smith Square and Countess for Regents Opera's Le Nozze di Figaro, revisiting the role last Summer for Opera Brava. Elinor has been delighted on occasion to work with the Israel Camerata and she recently performed the St John Passion with the Britten Sinfonia, directed by Mark Padmore. This year she performed her first Verdi Requiem for the Reading Festival Chorus and Symphony Orchestra.
2019 engagements include tours with the Monteverdi Choir (Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini), Elijah for Hadleigh Choral Society and Mahler, Rückert Lieder with Colchester Symphony Orchestra.
In a previous life, Elinor was a professional violinist and still plays for enjoyment. When not playing or singing, she loves to spend time with her husband, running around after their two extremely energetic little boys and dreaming about her future Porsche Carrera GT.
Lucy Goddard (conductor) divides her time between singing and conducting. As a conductor, she is Music Director of the Orlando Chamber Choir. Recent/forthcoming concerts with Orlando include a performance at the Pimlott Foundation in Colchester, a concert with Chelys Consort of Viols and a programme in the Marvão International Music Festival in Portugal. Other recent conducting engagements include conducting the professional choir of St Margaret’s Westminster, chorus mastering for the SWAP’ra gala at Opera Holland Park, conducting Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll with the Blaze Ensemble, and conducting Duruflé Requiem for St Endellion Festival’s Come and Sing.
As a mezzo soprano Lucy performs early music with groups such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Dunedin Consort and Solomon’s Knot, new music with EXAUDI, and 20th and 21st century song with duo partner Siwan Rhys. On the operatic stage she has performed both well-known and newly-written operas, among which the roles of Hänsel, Meg Page (Falstaff), Annio (Tito), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). Recent contemporary operas include Dusapin Passion with Music Theatre Wales, and in Thomas Larcher The Hunting Gun at the Aldeburgh Festival. With Siwan Rhys she completed a seven-concert tour of An American Songbook: a recital of avant-garde song and commissions by Christopher Mayo and Laura Bowler, having prepared and recorded the programme during a nine-day Snape Maltings residency. Upcoming engagements include Berio Sinfonia in Helsinki with Susanna Mälkki, a Handel and Purcell programme with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and a new commission by Ailie Robertson in the Sound Festival, Aberdeen.
Lucy graduated with distinction for her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music in 2011. She previously read Languages at Cambridge University, where she held choral and instrumental scholarships, and studied violin at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, playing in the Orchestra Giovanile