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Lady Maria Fisher Opera Scholar (2017)
The Dame Eva Turner Award for Potential Dramatic Sopranos (RNCM) (2017)
Help Musicians UK Tutton Award (2016)
The Anne Ziegler Award (RNCM) (2015)
The Frederic Cox Award-Finalist (RNCM) (2016)
The Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss- Highly Commended (RNCM) (2016)
"Exhibiting a powerful lyric soprano voice Kimberley started with E Pur così in un giorno from Handel’s Giulio Cesare articulating the coloratura divisions well and then showing more vocal colour in Strauss’ Die Zeitlose"- http://seenandheard-international.com/2016/02/high-quality-singing-at-major-rncm-vocal-competition/ (2016)
"In the second act the showstoppers just kept on coming. My personal favourites here were.......Kimberley Raw's hauntingly beautiful A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing"- http://www.northwestend.co.uk/index.php/music-reviews/1147-too-darn-hot-the-rncm-big-band-and-singers-rncm-manchester (2016)
Kimberley is a 26 year old, Soprano from East Yorkshire. Kimberley graduated from the RNCM with a First Class Honours degree supported by a scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust. She then continued her studies at the RNCM having recently finished her Master’s degree, which was generously supported by an RNCM scholarship; under the tutelage of Sarah Rhodes. She is now in her final year at the RNCM on the PGDip- Advanced Musical Studies course where she was given a full scholarship. Kimberley’s training began at Yorkshire Young Musicians at the age of sixteen; whilst there Kimberley had many opportunities to sing as a soloist at the Ryedale Music Festival, the opening of the Opera North concert season, Leeds International Concert Season and as a soloist with Leeds Sinfonia singing Nielsen’s Symphony no. 3.
Kimberley has had a vast array of solo work; she sang the Soprano solo in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major for Southwell Choral Society, the Soprano solo in Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass for Chester Music Society and as a soloist for both the RNCM Cabaret Day of Song and Leeds Lieder and Headingley LitFestival. Kimberley was also part of the Bulava Chorus (a Ukrainian based choir) where she performed in Paris at the Notre Dame cathedral and Kiev singing, ‘The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom' as part of the choir. Furthermore she also sang for the choir as a soloist for the Ukrainian art song project. Kimberley’s RNCM roles include: Anna Maurrant in ‘Street Scene’, Kurochina in ‘Paradise Moscow’, Esmeralda – a role created by Stefan Janski (Previous Head of Opera at the RNCM) for Kimberley in ‘L’elisir d’amore’, and Sarah in ‘Company’. RNCM opera Scenes include: Miss Jessel in ‘Turn of the Screw’, Apollonia in ‘La Canterina’, and Rosalinde in ‘Die Fledermaus’, Queen Elizabeth I in ‘Gloriana’, Bianca in ‘Bianca e Fernando’ and Electra in ‘Idomeneo’
Kimberley is also member of the RNCM Songsters project and has performed in the RNCM Chamber Music Festival as a soloist; singing Wagner’s ‘Wesendonck Lieder’, and as a soloist for the RNCM Day of Song-(A Poet’s Echo). Recently Kimberley performed at the Leeds International Concert Season in partnership with Leeds Lieder; furthermore she performed two pieces by Rachmaninoff in ‘Revolution Retrospective- 100 years of Russia in Song’ at the Stoller Hall as part of the Songsters project. Kimberley also had the privilege of singing the Soprano solo in ‘Turning Points’, a choral masterpiece written by renowned composer/conductor David Owen Norris at Winchester Cathedral. Kimberley has had the pleasure of working with renowned singers Alice Coote, Hilary Summers and Susan Bullock in open masterclasses held at the RNCM. Kimberley was also a finalist in the prestigious Frederic Cox Prize and she was highly commended, receiving an exceptional additional prize as part of ‘The Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss’. Kimberley was also accepted on to the Opera North/RNCM Peer Mentor Scheme. Kimberley was also very grateful to be supported by the Help Musicians UK Tutton Award, The Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust and the Ann Watson’s trust during her Master’s degree. She was also awarded the Dame Eva Turner prize for potential dramatic Sopranos from the RNCM and is also a recipient of The Anne Ziegler award. Kimberley is generously supported this year by the Sir John Fisher Foundation and is this years, Lady Maria Fisher Opera Scholar.
Future solo engagements include: - Singing ‘L’invitation au voyage’ by Mark Anthony Turner for the New Music North West festival held at the RNCM, the Soprano solo in ‘The Spirit of England’ by Elgar and ‘Mass in Time of War’ by Haydn for Lincoln Choral Society and singing the ‘Witch’ in Humperdinck’s ,Hansel and Gretel for a concert performance with the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and in the upcoming Spring production for the RNCM.
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