CLONTERBROOK RECITAL – BETTY BANNERMAN AWARD FOR FRENCH SONG
Friday 24th May 2024 - 3:00 pm
Clonter is delighted to be presenting a recital to be given by Jessica Hopkins, last year’s winner of the Betty Bannerman Award for French Song, established for students at the Royal Northern College of Music. The recital will take place in the Music Room at Clonterbrook (1 minute drive from Clonter Opera Theatre).
To be announced shortly.
Jessica Hopkins – Soprano
Soprano Jessica Hopkins is currently studying for an PGDip under Mary Plazas at the RNCM, where she previously completed her MMus. Prior to this, she read music as a choral scholar at Clare College, Cambridge. Recent roles include Snow Maiden (The Snow Maiden, RNCM), Maria Bertram (Mansfield Park, RNCM), Cendrillon (Massenet’s Cendrillon, Bedfordshire Youth Opera) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola, Aylesbury Opera), and she looks forward to performing as Giulia in La Scala di Seta at the RNCM this March. Jessica took part in the 2022-23 RNCM/Opera North Chorus Mentor Scheme and appeared as a Young Artist with the Buxton International Festival for their 2022 and 2023 seasons, performing in the chorus for La donna del lago and La Sonnambula. Jessica is extremely grateful to Help Musicians UK, the Tillett Trust, the Colin Keer Trust, the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the Waverley Fund for their support towards her studies this year.
About Betty Bannerman
Betty Bannerman was a distinguished mezzo soprano who enjoyed a career spanning some seven decades, latterly as a teacher.
She specialised in French song and was a pupil and friend of the great French mezzo Claire Croiza. Bannerman’s own voice ranged from low G to the high A flat. She had a rich, warm tone and exemplary diction in whatever language she was singing. A regular soloist at the Three Choirs Festivals before and after the Second World War, she sang in the Elgar oratorios and in choral works by Kodáy, Lambert, Mendelssohn and Bliss. She gave more than 200 solo recitals for the BBC; she was a soloist in Bach Passions conducted by Vaughan Williams at the Leith Hill Festivals and worked often with such conductors as Ansermet, Beecham, Goossens and Boult. Besides French song, she excelled in German Lieder, Old Italian songs and the English repertoire from Purcell to Britten. Bannerman spent six months in Berlin with Lilli Lehmann and made a special study of lieder with von Zur Mühlen. Her first important London recital was at the Aeolian Hall in 1927. The next year she attended a Croiza recital, which made such an impression that she immediately asked to become her pupil, and for the next 10 years studied with her for a month every year.
(Extracts from piece written by Michael Kennedy, 2 March 1992, Daily Telegraph)
Ticket Pricing & Booking Information
Tickets £20, FREE for Patrons – Click here for details on how to become a Patron
Doors Open 2.30pm
Duration Approx. 1 hour
Ticket price includes post-performance tea, coffee and cake.
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Priority Booking for Patrons 9th February
Priority Booking for Friends 16th February
General Sale 23rd February