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Countess of Munster Musical Trust (2018)
Henry Wood Accommodation Trust Award (2018)
Mario Lanza Educational Foundation award (2018)
Derek Butler Award (2017)
Il Circolo Cultural Association award (2017)
Royal College of Music Lieder Competition (Highly Commended) (2018)
Royal College of Music Lies Askonas Competition (Finalist) (2018)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Governor's Prize for Chamber Music (Winner) (2017)
Poppy Shotts, soprano, graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music with Honours of the First Class, where she studied with Clare Shearer and Julia Lynch as an RCS Trust Scholar. She now studies on the Masters course at the Royal College of Music with Alison Wells and Caroline Dowdle as a Derek Butler scholar. During her time in Scotland, Poppy was involved in the launch of the RCS ‘Coffee Concert Series’ and sang full-time with the RCS Vocies Consort, with whom she recorded for BBC Radio 3 and appeared as a soloist at Scottish festivals including the St. Magnus International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Highlights of her studies in Scotland included a series of performances of Messiaen’s Cinq Rechants for twelve solo voices, and winning the Governor’s Recital Prize for Chamber Music as part of a vocal octet. Poppy is an Artist with Live Music Now, with whom she gave her first performance at the National Galleries of Scotland in March 2017.
Poppy’s 2018 highlights include being awarded Highly Commended in the Royal College of Music Lieder Competition, and being a finalist in the RCM Lies Askonas Competition, where she was commended for her performance of music by Britten and Liszt. Also at the Royal College of Music, Poppy has performed the role of Cleopatra in opera scenes, and the roles of Fancy Cake and Embryo 2 in the Contemporary Opera Scenes project in collaboration with Tête a Tête Opera. Other highlights include performing with Roger Vignoles in a recital of semi staged French song in the Britten Theatre, RCM, and making her solo debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall in a performance of Grieg's Peer Gynt. Hull-born, Poppy is excited to be involved in the recent launch of Hull Urban Opera Collective, and performed music by northern, female composers in venues across Hull in July 2018. Poppy made her German debut as a Masterclass Artist and Cover Artist at the Berlin Song Festival 2018, and returned in August 2018 to sing the role of Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, directed by Gidon Saks, with the Berlin Opera Academy.
Upcoming, Poppy will enter her second year of Masters study at the Royal College of Music, and will perform the role of Barbarina in the Royal College of Music’s autumn production of Le Nozze di Figaro, directed by Sir Thomas Allen. Poppy is grateful to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Derek Butler Trust, Mario Lanza Educational Trust, and the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust for their financial support.
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