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 Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize-Finalist (RNCM) (2018)
The RNCM's Gold Medal Competition (2018)
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 27 year old soprano and singing teacher from East Yorkshire. Kimberley attended the Royal Northern College of Music for several years where she studied vocal and opera studies. She graduated with a First Class BMus Honours degree and was awarded a scholarship to help fund her studies. She then completed a Master’s degree in vocal performance gaining a distinction, again supported by an RNCM scholarship. Most recently she completed her final year at the RNCM with a Postgraduate Diploma- Advanced Studies in Musical Performance receiving a distinction.
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 was a member of the RNCM Songsters project (The RNCM’S most accomplished solo performers of the song repertoire), as part of that project Kimberley had many solo opportunities, these opportunities included: - performing in the RNCM Chamber Music Festival, performing at the Leeds International Concert Season in partnership with Leeds Lieder, as a soloist for the RNCM Cabaret Day of Song , the RNCM’S Day of Song (A Poet’s Echo) and for Leeds Lieder and Headingley LitFestival. Most recently Kimberley sang two pieces by Rachmaninoff in the RNCM Songsters concert ‘Revolution Retrospective- 100 years of Russia in Song at The Stoller Hall. Furthermore, outside of the songsters project, Kimberley has had the pleasure of performing as a soloist, singing ‘L’invitation au voyage’ by Mark Anthony Turnage for the New Music North West festival held at the RNCM in November 2017 and then singing it again at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in May 2018 for a study day based on the composer. Kimberley also sang the role of the ‘Witch’ in Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel for a concert performance with the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra.
In 2016 Kimberley was also a finalist in both the prestigious Frederic Cox Award for Singing and was highly commended, receiving an exceptional additional prize as part of ‘The Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss’. She was also awarded the Dame Eva Turner prize for potential dramatic Sopranos from the RNCM and was a recipient of The Anne Ziegler award. Kimberley was also, The Lady Maria Fisher Opera Scholar in 2017. In June 2018 Kimberley was a finalist in the RNCM’S Gold Medal Competition; it’s the RNCM’s most prestigious competition and is the highest accolade you can receive from the RNCM, showcasing its finest musicians and composers.
Kimberley has had a vast array of solo oratorio experience; singing the soprano solo in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major for Southwell Choral Society, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass for Chester Music Society, Rossini’s ‘Petite Mess Solennelle’ with Nottingham Bach Choir, Elgar’s The Spirit of England and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, both for The Lincoln Choral Society and Ilkley Choral Society. 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 as a soloist for the Ukrainian art song project as part of the choir. 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’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’, Sarah in ‘Company’ and most recently as the Witch in RNCM’s 2018 spring production of ‘Hansel and Gretel’. 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’, Electra in ‘Idomeneo’ and as the title role in ‘Rusalka’.
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