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Katie Gilbert

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Venus
Il ballo delle ingrate (Monteverdi)
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
2018
Mother (Gertrude)
Hansel and Gretel (Act 1 Scenes 1 and 2) (Humperdinck)
Oxenfoord International Summer School
2018
Lady Penelope Rich
Gloriana (Act II Sc2) (Britten)
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
2017
Yvette
La Rondine (Act I Sc1) (Puccini)
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
2016
Miss Wordsworth
Albert Herring (Britten)
Oxenfoord International Summer School
2015

Operetta/G&S

Pauline
La Vie Parisienne (in English) (Offenbach)
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
2018
Phyllis
Iolanthe (Sullivan)
Kidlington Amateur Operatic Society
2013

Early Music

Trio
Various Madrigals and solos (Monteverdi and Caccini)
Old St Martin’s - Worcester, Great Malvern Priory
2018

Art Song

Solo Recitals
English song, voice and guitar repertoire (Various)
St Martin's in the Bullring, Birmingham
2018
Duo Recital
Various Voice and Guitar repertoire (Various)
Steiner School, Stourbridge
2018
Duo Recital
Various for Voice and Classical Guitar (Including Britten, De Falla, Granados, Villa-Lobos)
The Vault, Hexham
2018
Solo Songs and Arias
'Non Mi Dir', Proses Lyriques 3&4, op.34 1&10 (Mozart, Debussy, Rachmaninov)
Midday Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
2018
Soloist
English Song repertoire (Dowland, Gurney, Dove, Howells)
Bournville Music Society
2018
Soloist
Solo Mélodie (Poulenc)
Bournville Music Society
2017
Duo Recital
Various Voice and Guitar (Various)
Christian Community, Stourbridge
2017
Solo songs and Arias
Various (Various)
Iffley Music Society, Oxford
2016
Soloist
Three songs from youth, op.23 (Michael J Smith)
Lit and Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne
2015
Solo recitals
Various (Various)
Lit and Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne
2014
Regular solo recitals, Oxford 2013-2015
Various (Various)
St Michaels in the Northgate, New College Chapel
2013

Oratorio/Concerts

Arias and duets
Various (Including Delibes, Mozart, Humperdinck, Fauré)
Derby Cathedral
2018
Soloist
Song Offerings (Jonathan Harvey)
Cheltenham Festival
2017
Soloist
Opera arias and Music Theatre numbers (Puccini, Rogers and Hammerstein)
Stocksfield Festival, Northumberland
2017
Soloist
'Oh Quante Volte' and 'Deh Vieni non tardar' (Bellini and Mozart)
Philip Bates Trust concert, Sutton Coldfield
2017
Soprano Soloist
Requiem (Mozart and Fauré)
City of Wolverhampton Choir
2017
Soprano Soloist
Vespero della BVM and Cantate Domino (Mozart and Monteverdi)
New Choir, Oxford
2016
Soprano Soloist
Millenium Mass and Kleine Orgelmesse (Paul Patterson and Haydn)
New Choir, Oxford
2016

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Britten - Turn of the Screw - The Tower Scene (Governess) with Konan Tanaka, piano

De Falla- Siete Canciones Populares - Nana (with Sue Whittaker, guitar)

Dowland - Come Heavy Sleep (with Sue Whittaker, guitar)

Photo credit: Graeme Braidwood

Photo credit: Graeme Braidwood

Photo credit: Hannah Kelly

Photo credit: Hannah Kelly

Photo credit: Hannah Kelly

Competitions

First prize, Edward Brooks English Song Prize, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2018)

Special Commendation, Ashleyan Opera Prize, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2017)

(From Mike Wheeler, Music&Vision) 'The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is clearly nurturing some highly promising talent these days. The third in the current Derby Cathedral lunchtime series brought the beguiling partnership of soprano Katie Gilbert and mezzo Esther Beard, with American fellow-student Edward Leung seemingly content in the role of self-effacingly reliable pianist. (Derby Cathedral, Derby, UK, 25 May 2018.)' http://www.mvdaily.com/2018/06/gilbert.htm (2018)

(From Philip Bates Trust annual newsletter 2017, reviewing Ashleyan Opera Prize final 2017 at Birmingham Conservatoire). 'Catherine Gilbert gave Oh! Quante Volte from I Capuleti e I Montecchi by Bellini which she sang with ease and style and Tornami a Vagheggiar from Alcina by Handel which was delivered with stylish dexterity and particular strength at the top of her range.' https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://philipbatestrust.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Newsletter-2017-V5b.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjm2KLC-_3cAhUCKcAKHfjFCYMQFjAAegQIABAB&usg=AOvVaw3-hbCHP-IIZTRX9qGodXQB (2017)

MMus Vocal Performance
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
2016–2018
BA (Hons)
University of Oxford
2008–2011

Soprano Katie Gilbert graduated with Distinction in 2018 with an MMus in Vocal Performance from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and continues to study with Louise Crane. During her studies she participated in numerous stage and concert works both internally and externally, most notably as 'Venus' in Monteverdi's 'Ballo delle Ingrate', 'Pauline' in Offenbach's 'La Vie Parisienne', 'Lady Penelope Rich' in Britten's 'Gloriana' (Act II Sc 2) on the stage, and as a soloist in both contemporary and traditional repertoires: Jonathan Harvey's 'Song Offerings' at the Cheltenham Festival with musicians from Ensemble Court Circuit and Lyon and Birmingham Conservatoires, and in Mozart and Fauré's 'Requiems' with the City of Wolverhampton Choir. Katie also won the 2018 Edward Brooks English Song Prize, and was Specially Commended in the 2017 Ashleyan Opera Prize.

Katie's versatility as a singer is further evident in the numerous solo, duo, early music and chamber recitals she has undertaken: whether opera duets in Derby Cathedral, art song repertoire with piano as part of, for example, the CBSO Debussy Festival 2018, the numerous recitals with her regular classical guitar duo partner, Sue Whittaker, or performing Monteverdi trios with 2 other sopranos and lute/theorbo continuo in Great Malvern Priory and Old St Martin's, Worcester.

Prior to her studies in Birmingham Katie performed in many solo recitals in Oxford and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and worked as a singing teacher and community singing group leader, both aspects of her music making which greatly enrich her performance life. Katie has a particular strength in musicianship, sight-singing and fast learning of music: during her undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford (BA (Hons) Music, 1st Class), she was a choral scholar at Exeter college, and sang with Schola Cantorum of Oxford as well as one to a part Renaissance masses with the Oxford Unversity Gregorian Chant Society. In addition, she was until the age of 21 primarily a flautist.

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