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Singer (mezzo soprano)

Katie Macdonald

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About Katie Macdonald

British mezzo-soprano with a natural musicality that shines through. Available for weddings, parties and much more!
Singer (mezzo soprano)
London

Mezzo-soprano Katie Macdonald has just completed the final year of her Undergraduate Vocal Studies degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under tutelage of Adrian Thompson and Sarah Pring. She will be continuing her studies at Guildhall for her Masters. Her relationship with singing began at an early age, as a chorister at Wells Cathedral. She then received a scholarship to attend Junior Guildhall. In 2015 she was selected to participate in Glyndebourne Academy- a residential scheme at Glyndebourne for young singers led by renowned vocal coach Mary King. Whilst attending Guildhall, Katie was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Competition for Young Singers, sang chorus for the London Philharmonic's performance of Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, performed as a soloist in "Carols by Candlelight" in St Martin in the Fields, was the participant of two British Youth Opera summer workshops, and also sang chorus in Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera. Her most recent projects include the role of Nancy (Albert Herring) in a set of opera scenes with director Ella Marchment, the role of Marcellina in GSMD's production of The Marriage of Figaro and performing the role of Sister Agatha in West Green House Opera’s production of Guys and Dolls, alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She was recently the alto soloist for Bach’s Cantata 147a at St John’s Waterloo and Vivaldi’s Gloria at St Marys, Andover. She has also sung in masterclasses for Roderick Williams and John Graham-Hall. Aside from performing, Katie has been involved with the Irene Taylor Trust’s Music in Prisons projects and Breathe Arts Health Research, an organization that aims to bring the arts into clinical settings. Upcoming projects include a recital at Guys Hospital Chapel, London Bridge as part of Breathe Arts Research, Susan Longfield Singing Prize Final and Wigmore Hall’s Voiceworks Project (postponed due to Covid).

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Opera, Contemporary classical, Early music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Charity event, Concert
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Other skills:
Singing teaching, Fluent sight-reader
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Song list

Please note that I happily take requests!
French song
• Berlioz- Vilanelle
• Debussy- Chansons de Bilitis
• Faure- En sourdine
• Faure- Le Papillon et la Fleur
• Faure- Mandoline
• Massenet- Nuit d’Espagne
• Poulenc- Metamorphoses
German
• Berg- Schilflied
• Brahms- Der Jager
• Brahms- Die Mainacht
• Brahms- Salamander
• Brahms- Zwei Gesange
• Mozart- An Chloe
• Mozart- Das Veilchen
• Schubert- Die Forelle
• Schubert- Ganymed
• Schubert- Heiss mich nicht reden
• Schubert- Lied der Mignon
• Schubert- Seufzer
• Schubert- So lasst mich scheinen
• Strauss- Allerseelen
• Strauss- Alphorn
• Strauss- Die Nacht
• Strauss- Ruhe, meine Seele
• Weill- Surabaya Jonny
• Wolf- In dem Schatten meiner Locken
Oratorio
• Bach- Bereite dich Zion- Christmas Oratorio
• Bach- Et exsultavit- Magnificat
• Handel- Messiah
• Handel- Virgam virtutis- Dixit Dominus
• Mozart- Laudamus te- C Minor Mass
• Pergolesi- Stabat Mater
• Rossini- Agnus Dei- Petite messe solennelle
• Tippett- The Soul of Man- A Child of our Time
• Vivaldi- Gloria
English Song
• Barber- A Green Lowland of Pianos
• Barber- Sure on this shining night
• Bolcom- George- Cabaret Songs
• Britten- O waly waly
• Britten- Tell Me the Truth About Love- Cabaret Songs
• Copland- Heart, we will forget him- Twelve poems of Emily Dickinson
• Dove- My Love is Mine
• Elgar- Sea Pictures
• Gurney- Sleep
• Larsen- Love after 1950
• Vaughn Williams- Silent Noon
• Trad- The Ash Grove
Russian song
• Prokofiev- The Ugly Duckling
• Rachmaninov- In the Silence of the Night
• Tchaikovsky- At the Ball
Norweigian song
• Grieg- Vaaren
• Grieg- I Rosentiden
Opera
• Barber- Must the winter come so soon
• Bizet- Pres des remparts de Seville
• Britten- Puppet, why so?
• Gonoud- Faites-lui mes aveux
• Handel- Al lampo dell’armi
• Handel- Hence, Iris hence away
• Handel- Ombra mai fu
• Handel- Svegliatevi nel core
• Handel- Tra speme e timore
• Handel- Where shall I fly
• Massenet- Va! Laisse couler mes larmes
• Menotti- All that gold
• Mozart- Deh, per questo istante
• Mozart- Non so piu
• Mozart- Non piu di fiori
• Mozart- Se l’augellin sen fugge
• Mozart- Smanie implacabili
• Mozart- Torna di Tito a lato
• Mozart- Voi che sapete
• Purcell- Ah, Belinda
• Rossini- Cruda sorte
• Rossini- Il vecchiotto cerca moglie
• Rossini- Per lui che adoro
• Stravinsky- Baba the Turk’s aria
• Tchaikovsky- Olga’s aria
• Walton- I was a constant, faithful wife
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I will always try to be flexible with timings where possible, but please give me as much notice as possible before the event.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

N/A

How much time do you need to set up?

It doesn't take me long to set up- around 30 minutes would be perfect. I would really appreciate a room to warm up in, however.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes, definitely! And I am happy to take requests if you feel it would work well for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes- if the venue has a piano that would be ideal, however if not I own a keyboard which I can bring and plug in.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, within reason! Please enquire about specific pieces.

Reviews

From customers:

Charity O, 5 years ago

"We were so lucky to have you there Katie, and we cannot thank you enough for your time. I do hope you feel proud of yourself as you have an extremely beautiful talent. We have received amazing feedback and you are often singled out, including by my Mum and Dad!"

Ella D, 1 year ago

"Katie is a very gifted, competent artist, and her positive attitude really makes her shine."