KATYA HERMAN HARPIST Katya has performed internationally and at many prestigious venues in the UK including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Centre, St. John's Smith Square, and the Bridgewater Hall. Katya has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, at the House of Lords, in the company of Prince Charles at St. James' Palace, for HRH the Princess Royal and Steven Hawking at Stationers’ Hall, and for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at the Senate House in Cambridge. George-wise, she performed at George Best's Memorial Service at Manchester Cathedral, and for George Martin's Birthday Celebration at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Katya is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, in Boston, where she was the grateful recipient of a European Tour Scholarship, a Berklee Achievement Grant, and a Berklee Leadership Award. Katya originally journeyed to Boston Before for a 6-month residency with Deborah Henson-Conant, the world's foremost electric harpist. At the age of 13, Katya was accepted to Chetham's School of Music, the UK's leading specialist music school, in Manchester, where she studied the harp with Eira Lynn Jones. She spent her early years training as a junior at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the guidance of Charlotte Seale, where she was later offered a scholarship to pursue full time studies. As a classical and jazz harpist, Katya enjoys a varied freelance career. Her work includes collaborations with instrumentalists, singers, orchestras, and pop groups, both for live performances and recording work. She loves playing with her harp & vocal duo - Katya & Phoebe, The Staircase Band (providers of whirling gypsy hurly-burly) and the Emily Dankworth Quartet. She is also never happier than when playing in a Harp & Cello duo with her absurdly talented sister, Rebecca. “On stage, Katya demonstrates great flair, poise, and the natural communicative skills which cannot be taught. In short, the audience adored her, and it was a joy to share the stage with her.” Deborah Henson-Conant, Grammy-nominated Harpist “For full-on romance, a harpist is the perfect option. Having played everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to Vivienne Westwood catwalk shows, Katya covers a wide repertoire including classical and jazz.” Sunday Times Style Magazine PHOEBE HAINES MEZZO SOPRANO British-American Mezzo Soprano Phoebe Haines studied at the University of Cambridge where she obtained a Double First Class Degree, and recently completed her MMus at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tuition of John Llewelyn Evans. She continued her training at the Guildhall as a Fellow (FGSM) in 2014/15, and was also a 2015 Opera Works trainee at the English National Opera. Phoebe is a two-time bursary winner of the International Opera Awards Foundation. In 2014, Phoebe became a Britten-Pears Young Artist, partaking in the Aldeburgh English Song Project. Having appeared in the critically-acclaimed Grimes on the Beach for the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival (a co-production with Opera North), Phoebe was delighted to return to Aldeburgh as a young artist, exploring and inspiring the work of twelve contemporary composers and librettists. Also in 2014 Phoebe was named a Concordia Foundation Artist, an Iford Arts Young Artist, and a Salzburg Festival Young Artist. In summer 2014, Phoebe made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Zweite adelige Waise in Der Rosenkavalier conducted by Franz Welser-Möst at the Großes Festspielhaus, and as Tisbe in La Cenerentola für Kinder, a co-production with Teatro Alla Scala. She participated in many concerts during her time at the Festival, including a concert of arias with the Camerata Salzburg under Theodor Guschlbauer, and sang in master classes with Thomas Hampson and Helmut Deutsch. Her engagements with the Festival also took her to Castell Son Claret (Mallorca), where she sang in their annual gala concert, ‘Opera Under the Stars’. Also a talented recitalist, Phoebe has given recent performances at a variety of diverse venues worldwide. 2014 saw Phoebe begin her concert schedule in Agra, India, followed by performances at Convento do Beato in Lisbon (Portugal), Villa Kyrélos in St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat (France), and Topping Rose House in New York’s Hamptons (USA). In July and August 2016 Phoebe will be representing the United Kingdom as part of the iSING! International Young Artists Festival, China, where she will appear in concert at such illustrious venues as Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. Other recent performance venues include Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (France), Giardini La Mortella (Italy), Villa Del Balbianello (Italy), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), the British Embassies in Rome and Budapest, and in the UK: Belvoir Castle, Bloomsbury Ballrooms, the Handel House Museum, Christ Church Spitalfields, The Ambassadors Theatre, The Savoy Chapel, The Athenaeum Club, The East India Club, Asia House, and the Lebanese Embassy in London. A passionate song-singer, Phoebe has been awarded a full scholarship to Songfest Los Angeles, where she will work this May and June with a world-class faculty, and partake in a number of concerts and master classes, including a fully-staged gala concert of Eisler’s Hollywood Songbook (directed by Edwin Cahill and costumed by Bradon McDonald). Phoebe performed Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben at St. James' Piccadilly in October 2014 for the Concordia Foundation, along with her own translation of Shostakovich’s Spanish Songs. Her love for Russian song repertoire was ignited by her work with pianist and coach, Lada Valesova, who curated a series of concerts in which Phoebe performed in 2013 (at the Pushkin House and 22 Mansfield Street). Her 2013/14 season saw Phoebe perform the roles of Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) and Angelina (Trial by Jury) for Opéra de Baugé (France). She also appeared variously as Carmen, La Périchole, and Maffio Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia) for the 2014 Clonter Opera Gala. As a recipient of the International Opera Awards Foundation, Phoebe opened the 2014 Awards Ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. She sang Rossini’s Cruda Sorte, a work which she prepared with the esteemed support of David Syrus, Head of Music at the Royal Opera House. Phoebe’s association with the English National Opera began in 2010 when she was invited to perform at a number of patrons’ events. Her recently-completed training with the ENO saw her perform the role of Annio from Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito (scenes), at the Bloomsbury Theatre under the musical direction of Alexander Ingram. This summer, Phoebe returned to Austria to join the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, where she was a finalist in the annual Meistersinger Competition, under the direction of conductor Karen Kamensek. Phoebe worked with the legendary Montserrat Caballé in masterclass in September 2015 at the Auditorio Zaragoza (Spain). In September and October 2015, Phoebe took on two modern cantatas: Britten's Phaedra in London, and John Eaton's El divino Narciso in New York. She then went on to sing the countertenor role of Hans Katte in Scott Wheeler’s Sorrows of Frederick for Center for Contemporary Opera, NYC. She looks forward to creating the role of The Mermaid in Rachel Peters’ and Royce Vavrek’s Wild Beast of the Bungalow at Opera America in May 2016. Phoebe has long been an admirer of contemporary composers, her love of modern music having been galvanised by her work with the much-celebrated Louis Andriessen in 2012. She received praise for her interpretation of his musical monodrama, Anaïs Nin, for the Tête-à-Tête Festival in London, and looks forward to performing many future works by Andriessen. Phoebe is a passionate advocate for charitable causes, and very much enjoys working for Concordia Foundation and Memory Lane on a number of outreach projects at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Phoebe is incredibly grateful for the continued support of the John Wates Charitable Trust, the International Opera Awards Foundation, Talent Unlimited, Opera Prelude, Dr. Henry Sauls, Dr. Michael Shipley & Mr. Phillip Rudge, and the Nicholas Boas Trust.
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